It’s time to face the facts, eSports are becoming a legitimate industry, supported by millions of people, watched by thousands online, and played by the very best of the best in tournaments with prize pools featuring significant amounts of money. One of the industry leaders, of course, is DOTA 2, which has seen its annual International tournament expand by leaps and bounds since it was introduced six years ago, to the point that The International 6 will likely feature a partially crowd-funded prize pool of over $20 million, which is more than some “real” sports offer. Game developer Valve, who own DOTA 2, attempted to implement a series of three Majors, massive yearly tournaments in addition to The International, with a series of rules that they had hoped would stabilize the pro scene to some extent. Unfortunately, due to several errors in judgment, some bad luck, and a few truly questionable decisions, the first year of the Major system has had more than its share of problems, which need to be fixed before a second season begins. We’ve tried to summarize those issues here, in order to get you up to speeed.
10. The Roster Lock System Was Poorly Implemented
In an attempt to stop the incredible amount of roster shuffling that usually occurs throughout the year as teams scramble to find a tournament-caliber team for The International, Valve instituted roster lock periods before each of the Majors, including a two-tournament lock that covered the Manila Major and The International. Any team that registered for a Major, which changed their roster during that period, would forfeit any chance at a direct invite to the Major, or to the Regional Qualifiers, and would instead be forced to fight through the Open Qualifiers. On paper, it probably sounded like a great idea, however, repeatedly during the first year since the Majors were introduced, we’ve seen teams either switch things up at the very last moment before the lock goes into effect, screwing over some talented players in the process by leaving them without a team, and only able to be added to a group willing to brave the Open Qualifiers, or some pro teams actually ignoring the roster lock, making changes, and taking their chances in the qualifiers. While that sounds like a punishment, it really isn’t, because…https://dotablast.com/ti5-direct-invites-qualifiers-revealed/ Source: dotablast.com