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Dota Pro Circuit
After The International 2017 Valve made major changes to the way the professional season is set up and to the way teams qualify for The International. Instead of Valve hosting Majors themselves, they choose independently run tournaments with a prizepool above $500,000 USD around the year and grant them Major status, which comes with an additional $500,000 USD in prize money and Qualifying Points for The International.
Majors and Minors award 1,500 and 300 Qualifying Points respectively. These points are awarded to the players directly instead of the teams.
The points awarded to a team are reduced if the team does not play a tournament with its official roster. If a team plays with four official players and one substitute player, the official players gain 75% of the normal points and the substitute player 50%. If more than one player is replaced, all players playing for the team in the tournament gain 25% of the normal points.
Majors are tournaments with a minimum base prize-pool of $500,000 USD plus an additional $500,000 USD from Valve. They grant a total of 1,500 Qualifying Points.
Minors are tournaments with a minimum base prize-pool of $150,000 USD plus an additional $150,000 USD from Valve. They grant a total of 300 Qualifying Points.
- "Dota 2 - The Road to the International". Valve. 2017-09-15.