The PGL has been chosen by Valve, developer and writer of Dota 2, to host the Dota Professional Circuit for the Southeast Asia area for the subsequent two years. The PGL will oversee a prize pool of $280Okay USD with competitors beginning Jan 18.
So far as the format, the SEA area will see its finest eight Dota 2 groups compete within the higher division of the circuit. With the intention to get to that eight, 4 groups will get direct invitations whereas one other eight compete to fill the opposite 4 slots.
TNC, Fnatic, T1, and Increase Esports are the groups with direct invitations, and 496 Gaming, Crew SMG, Execration, Good Omega, Vice Esports, Galaxy Racer, Cignal Extremely, and Neon Esports are the groups competing in a sequence of qualifiers for the remaining 4 spots.
The eight groups will see two levels in closed and qualifiers.
Stage 1 will see the eight groups play a double-elimination, best-of-three bracket to find out 4 winners. These groups then qualify for the upper-division and the underside 4 groups will play within the subsequent qualifying stage.
Subsequent, 12 groups will compete in an effort to attain Stage 2 of the closed qualifiers. The underside 4 groups from the closed qualifier Stage 1 will compete with eight groups that certified for this portion from open qualifiers. There can be 4 open qualifiers and the highest two groups from every qualifier will compete within the closed qualifiers Stage 2.
Stage 2 sees groups enjoying in two round-robin best-of-two teams of six groups every. Group. The groups that end fifth and sixth place are eradicated and the remaining groups will qualify for the decrease division.
With the higher and decrease divisions now intact, a round-robin bracket can be created for every higher and decrease divisions. These matches can be performed in a best-of-three format.
In keeping with the introduced format, the underside two groups of the upper-division can be relegated to the decrease division, whereas the highest two groups of the decrease division can be promoted. The underside two groups of the decrease division can be eradicated from the league and Open Qualifiers will resolve that are the 2 groups that may occupy these slots within the subsequent season.
The highest three groups of the SEA Area will earn a slot for the subsequent Valve Main.