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Minors are tournaments sponsored by Valve. They must have a prize pool of at least 150,000$ and will receive an additional 150,000$ prize pool from Valve on top of that. To be eligible to be a Minor, the tournaments need to have at least one qualifier for each of the primary regions (NA, SA, SEA, CN, EU and CIS) and have a LAN finals component. The schedule of these Minors is managed by Valve.
Based on a teams performance, the total prize pool and the time of the year of these Minors, as well as the Majors, Valve will award the individual players on the teams with Qualifying Points for The International.
In order to qualify for Minors, professional teams must adhere to a set of rules that limit roster changes. This system was designed to create a stabler competitive scene by restricting frequent player trading. Detailed rules and team management can be found on the registration page.
- In order to participate in a Minors tournament, players must be locked into a team.
- Locked players cannot leave the team, or be kicked.
|Tournament||Date||Teams||Prize||Winner||Runner-up||Third place||Fourth place|
|ESL One Hamburg 2017||2017-10-12 — 2017-10-15||8||$300,000||Team Liquid||Mineski||Team Secret||compLexity Gaming|
|PGL Open Bucharest||2017-10-19 — 2017-10-22||8||$300,000||Mineski||PSG.LGD||Evil Geniuses||Immortals|
|AMD SAPPHIRE Dota PIT League||2018-11-02 — 2018-11-05||8||$300,000||Team Liquid||Vici Gaming||Newbee||Virtus.pro|
|Perfect World Masters||2018-11-19 — 2018-11-26||10||$300,000||Newbee||Vici Gaming||LGD.Forever Young||compLexity Gaming|
|MDL||2018-12-08 — 2018-12-10||9||$300,000||OG||TNC Pro Team||Natus Vincere||Virtus.pro|
|Dota Summit 8||2018-12-13 — 2018-12-17||9||$300,000||Virtus.pro||Fnatic||OG||Team Kinguin|
|Captains Draft 4.0||2018-01-04 — 2018-01-07||8||$300,000||Team Secret||Vici Gaming||Mineski||OG|
|ESL One Genting 2018||2018-01-23 — 2018-01-28||16||$300,000||Newbee||Team Liquid||Team Secret||Evil Geniuses|
|StarLadder i-League Invitational Season 4||2018-02-01 — 2018-02-04||8||$300,000||Team Liquid||LGD Gaming||Newbee||Mineski|
|GESC: Indonesia Dota2 Minor||2018-03-15 — 2018-03-18||8||$300,000||Evil Geniuses||VGJ.Thunder||Natus Vincere||Infamous|
|DreamLeague Season 9||2018-03-21 — 2018-03-25||8||$300,000||Team Secret||Fnatic||Team Liquid||Newbee|
|StarLadder ImbaTV Invitational Season 5||2018-04-12 — 2018-04-15||8||$300,000||OpTic Gaming||VGJ.Thunder||Vega Squadron||Fnatic|
|GESC: Thailand Dota2 Minor||2018-05-09 — 2018-05-12||9||$300,000|