By now, Dota 2 esports fans are well aware that systemic changes are on the horizon for how the pro circuit is conducted. The recent Valve update sketched out both a calendar for the next competitive year, as well as structural changes for how team rosters and the major/minor system will be conducted. For the most part, this leaves OpTic's esports management with positive impressions. Said Kodiak Shroyer, Infinite Esports & Entertainment's esports director and Dota 2 manager for OpTic Gaming:
"Throughout the year, much of our complications and concerns were around the scheduling of both physical events and qualifiers. The best part of the new changes, in my opinion, is the elimination of overlapping and competing qualifiers for majors and minors. It will be a relief for both players and team management, knowing that next year - should you wish to play in a qualifier - there will be no excuse or reason that is unable to happen."
However, though the Valve post addresses the most pertinent questions and concerns, certain crucial details were not specifically addressed. Shroyer has a few key questions that he hopes will be followed upon soon:
1: "With Minors, in a sense, serving as their own last chance qualifiers for the Major, how will the DPC breakdown of points awarded differ from Minor to Major?"
2: "If qualifying for a Major prevents you from playing in the Minor, how does winning a Minor compare to finishing last in the Major?"
3: "Will the team that wins the Minor ultimately be rewarded more than the team who they lost to in the Major qualifier, but place equal to at the Major?"
Also of interest: how locations will be decided for Majors and Minors that take place in back-to-back slots on the calendar, whether time needed to acquire visas is accounted for given the minimal downtime, and if the same tournament organizer will be hosting back-to-back events.
There's also the usual question, of course, about the level of involvement Valve will take up in the upcoming season. Said Shroyer: "Lastly, I feel the entire community will continue to look forward for word from Valve on tournament minimums or regulations around the formatting for both Minors and Majors. Will Valve mandate double elimination for Majors? Should there be an advantage for teams that come out of the winners bracket?"
Most of these are, of course, questions with answers expected after The International concludes this year's competitive season. And with the given evidence that Valve's working diligently on improving the competitive format, the outlook looks positive for the Greenwall's Dota 2 team and fans.