Dota 2 developer Valve Software announced in a blog post on Friday (6 January) that the three Majors for the 2023 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season will be hosted in Lima, Berlin, and Bali.
All three cities will be hosting a Dota 2 Major for the first time.
Majors are the biggest events in the Dota 2 season, aside from The International (TI), the game's annual world championship tournament.
The Majors are the concluding events of each DPC Tour and features the best-performing teams in the regional leagues competing for prize money and DPC points, which will go towards securing an all-important direct invite to the next TI.
The Winter Tour, which will take place from 9 January to 21 February, will conclude with the Lima Major in Peru, scheduled from 24 February to 5 March. The tournament will be hosted by 4D Esports, the organisers of the South American regional league in the 2021-2022 DPC season.
The Lima Major will notably be the first-ever Major to be held in South America, a clear sign of the region's rising prestige. Last October 2022, Thunder Awaken became the first-ever South American team to finish in the Top 6 of a TI at TI11 in Singapore.
Following the Winter Tour will be the Spring Tour, which will take place from 12 March to 25 April. The Spring Tour will then conclude with the Berlin Major in Germany, scheduled from 28 April to 7 May.
The Berlin Major will be hosted by ESL, who also hosted last season's Spring Major in Stockholm, Sweden. While the Berlin Major will mark the fourth time that a Major will be hosted in Germany, it will be the first one to be hosted in Berlin.
Finally, the Summer Tour, taking place from 15 May to 27 June, will be the final leg of the 2023 DPC season before the next TI.
The Summer Tour will fittingly wrap up with a Major in Bali, one of the best travel destinations in the world known for its beaches and temples.
The Bali Major, scheduled from 30 June to 9 July, will also mark the first time that a Dota 2 Major will be hosted in Indonesia. The tournament will be hosted by IO Esports.
While the venue and schedule for the three Majors has been released, other details on each tournament, such as format and prize pools, have yet to be revealed.
Assuming this season's Majors will follow a similar format to those from the previous season, then we can expect the three Majors in Lima, Berlin, and Bali to feature 18 teams and a US$500,000 prize pool. The amount of DPC points up for grabs should also increase with each succeeding Major.
"While history has shown that unforeseen underdogs can certainly vie for the Aegis at The International, these DPC Tours offer the most reliable path for consistent teams to secure invitations to this year's crowning event," said Valve in the post.
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