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11 Majors and 11 Minors worth $14.9M in total are scheduled for the next competitive season

The annual players meeting with Valve ahead of The International brings dazzling news about the 2017-2018 competitive season. Valve announced changes to the competitive season following The International 2017 on the 3rd of July. Back then they only mentioned that third party tournament organizers that will have a minimum $150,000 prize pool, a six region qualifier process (NA, SA, SEA, CN, EU, and CIS), and a LAN component for their event, will be sponsored by Valve with another $150,000 to turn their event into a Minor while those who can put a minimum $500,000 prize pool on the table will be sponsored with another half million dollars by Valve to make their event a Major.

With that being said, last night, at the players meeting with Valve in Seattle, it was announced that the upcoming competitive season will have 11 Majors and 11 Minors. All these events will grant players (not the teams/organizations) qualifying points counting for The International 2018 invites. TI 8 will still have regional qualifiers but the directly invited teams will be decided purely on their points accumulated throughout the season. It was not announced yet how many teams will receive an invite to TI 8 but the points system will be revealed before the next competitive season starts. More than that, Valve will launch an official leaderboard of individual player Qualifying Points and team Qualifying Point Ranking. The entire qualifying points system will be made public before the new competitive season will start so every team out there can plan ahead their schedule.

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