Valve cancels Dota 2 Winter Major and angers nearly every pro player in the scene

Valve canceled the first Dota 2 Major in 2022, which was supposed to take place in February and become the pinnacle of the professional winter circuit.

“As the Dota Pro Tour’s 2021-2022 Winter Tour draws to a close, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our first Major,” A blog post from the developer says“While we had high hopes for hosting an international LAN event, the discovery and spread of new strains of Covid-19 and the resulting increased travel restrictions have prevented all qualified teams from coming together for the LAN tournament.”

As a result of this decision, the Winter Tour will end after all regional leagues. Valve also said that the ranking points it intends to distribute at this Major will be transferred to the second and third Majors later this year. “This way, the balance of points between regional and cross-regional games remains the same.” Here’s how points are redistributed.

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The reaction from the Dota 2 esports community has been overwhelmingly negative. It’s not because Dota fans think Valve should say “screw Covid” and keep doing it. The delayed cancellation has created some real and serious problems for the Dota 2 esports team, both financially and points-wise just being pushed back. Additionally, Valve currently has no information on knock-on effects, such as when players can now move between teams, which usually happens after majors.