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- If 3rd and 4th place have the same weight (eg in single elimination) they earn 10%
- Team earns X amount of points = each player in the team earns X amount of points
- Top 3 players in a team determine team points
- Top 8 point earning teams are invited to TI8
- Playing with 4 registered + 1 sub at qualifiers, but all players at LAN = no penalty
- Playing with 4 registered at qualifiers + 1 sub at LAN incurs a -25% point penalty for the registered players, -50% for the sub
- In any other case the penalty is -75% for all players
Only 11 teams have earned Qualifying Points from the first 5 events
We've had five events so far on the Pro Circuit, four Minors and one Major. There are plenty still to go including 10 more Majors but it's a good point to give you an overview of what happened in terms of Qualifying Points.
The ESL One Hamburg Major distributed 1,500 Points between the top 4 finishers. So for example Virtus Pro were awarded 750 points for winning ESL One Hamburg so all five of their players received 750 points. Meanwhile each of the Minors had 300 points to share with all of the first place players receiving 150.So far only 11 teams have managed to collect QPs.
N.B. Only the three players with the most QPs on each team contribute to the team's ranking. So far no players have switched teams so they all have identical points.
Virtus.pro lead the pack after 3 months following their victory at the ESL One Hamburg Major. That win alone earned their team 2,250 QPs, with a fourth place at DotaPit adding 45 QPs on top of that. With this being only the first wave of tournaments it is now even clearer just how important Majors are.
Valve has stated that direct invites for TI8 will be based solely on the Qualifying Points rankings but that there would still be slots for Regional Qualifier winners. A roster reshuffle is due in early 2018 and could play a part in improving a team's ranking, should a team recruit a player with more QPs than their top 3. Only top 4 finishes in Minors and Majors earn teams TI8 Qualifying Points
With the DreamLeague Major just around the corner here is a look at how each region is performing so far and which teams have brought home TI8 QPs.
Qualifying Points by region after the first 5 events (4 Minors and 1 Major)
One thing that does skew the Qualifying Points distribution slightly is that Perfect World Masters had 4 Chinese teams participating but even excluding that Minor, China would still be 3rd overall. The DreamLeague Major could allow Europe to take an even bigger lead as 3 of the 8 representatives will be coming from EU.
South America - 0 TI8 Qualifying Points
5-6th Starladder i-League Invitational 3 ( SG e-sports)
5-6th DotaPit Season 6 ( SG e-sports)
South America currently has 0 TI8 Qualifying Points. SG e-sports was the South American representative at 3 Minors and the ESL One Hamburg Major, reaching top 6 twice but never breaking into the top 4. The only other team to represent SA this season was Infamous, who finished bottom of their group in the rather unforgiving double elimination group stage at the PGL Open Bucharest Minor.
North America - 315 TI8 Qualifying Points
3rd-4th place Starladder i-League Invitational 3 ( compLexity Gaming)
4th place Perfect World Masters ( compLexity Gaming)
3rd-4th PGL Open Bucharest ( Evil Geniuses)
3rd-4th PGL Open Bucharest ( Immortals*)
North America being the region with the second lowest number of Qualifying Points is probably the most surprising figure. compLexity Gaming has had the best luck so far in terms of Qualifying Points with 3rd-4th at Starladder and 4th at the recent Perfect World Masters, giving them 135 Points. The rest of North America's overall Qualifying Points came from Immortals* and Evil Geniuses placing 3rd-4th at the PGL Open Bucharest right at the start of the season. North America along with South America are the only regions yet to appear in a Pro Circuit Grand Finals.
Mineski started the Pro Circuit extremely well placing top 2 in the first events
SEA - 720 TI8 Qualifying Points
2nd place Starladder i-League Invitational 3 ( Mineski)
1st place PGL Open Bucharest ( Mineski)
Mineski is the only SEA team to reach top 4 at any of the first 5 events and as things stand they remain SEA's strongest competitor. They finished 2nd at Starladder i-League Invitational 3 and 1st at the PGL Open Bucharest. SEA team Fnatic ended up standing in for Mineski at the DotaPit Minor and for Happy Feet at the ESL One Hamburg Major but were the first team to be knocked out in both competitions.
However Fnatic's recent roster change, which brought in Abed 'Abed' Yusop, has led to them qualifying for both the upcoming Dota Summit 8 Minor and DreamLeague Season 8 Major. TNC Predator, who were a major player pre-TI7, have yet to qualify for a Pro Circuit event.
China - 1,912 TI8 Qualifying Points
1st place Perfect World Masters ( Newbee)
2nd place PGL Open Bucharest ( PSG.LGD)
2nd place Perfect World Masters ( Vici Gaming)
2nd place DotaPit Season 6 Minor ( Vici Gaming)
3rd place DotaPit Season 6 Minor ( Newbee)
3rd place Perfect World Masters ( LGD.Forever Young)
3rd-4th place ESL One Hamburg ( Newbee)
China has had four teams finish in the top 4 at Pro Circuit events and at the recent Perfect World Masters filled all of the top 3 slots. The big performer has been Newbee who won the Perfect World Masters and finished top 4 at the ESL One Hamburg Major and the DotaPit Minor. PSG.LGD also came close to a 1st place at the PGL Open Bucharest but lost in the Grand Finals 2-0 to Mineski.
Overall the Chinese region has more teams that are posing a threat on LAN than any other region and also have the added benefit of at least 4 more Pro Circuit events on homesoil including a Perfect World Major next year.
Virtus Pro were champions of the only Major so far ESL One Hamburg (Image: ESL)
CIS - 2,295 TI8 Qualifying Points
1st place ESL One Hamburg Major ( Virtus.pro)
4th place DotaPit S6 Minor ( Virtus.pro)
5th-6th Starladder i-League S3 Minor ( Natus Vincere)
7th-8th Perfect World Masters Minor ( Vega Squadron *)
The CIS TI8 Qualifying Points come purely from Virtus.pro. Their victory at the ESL One Hamburg rewarded them with 2,250 QP and the 4th place at the DotaPit Minor added 45 more to the total.
Virtus Pro have remained selective with which Regionals they participate in, choosing to skip the Starladder i-League Invitational 3 and the Perfect World Masters entirely. The VP players instead competed for national teams at the WESG Regional Finals in Barcelona while the Perfect World Masters LAN was going on. Virtus Pro's selective attitude has worked out and in terms of individual QP team rankings they are 1st in the leaderboards.
Natus Vincere have been getting stronger over the last few weeks and recently qualified for MDL Macau Minor in December which gives them another chance to get on the QP leaderboards.
Europe - 2,790 TI8 Qualifying Points
1st place Starladder i-League S3 Minor ( Team Liquid)
1st place DotaPit Season 6 Minor ( Team Liquid)
3rd-4th ESL One Hamburg ( Team Liquid)
2nd place ESL One Hamburg ( Team Secret)
3rd-4th Starladder i-League S3 Minor ( Team Secret)
5th-6th Perfect World Masters Minor ( Team Secret)
Europe has 2 of the top 3 teams in the TI8 QP Rankings, Team Liquid and Team Secret. Team Liquid won the Starladder Minor and the DotaPit Minor, making them the only team to win two events on the Pro Circuit so far this season. They also placed 3rd-4th in the single elimination ESL One Hamburg Major.
Team Secret on the other hand are the closest to catching up Virtus Pro, and that is not surprising as the EU team were runners-up behind the CIS team at the ESL One Hamburg Major. Team Secret may not have won an event yet, but placing in the top 2 at the Major and top 4 at the Starladder Minor has amassed them 1,440 QPs.
Meanwhile quadruple Major champions OG are yet to collect any QPs after only appearing at 1 of the first 5 Pro Circuit events, and missed out on qualifying for the DreamLeague Major.
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What Pro Circuit events are left for 2017?
There are 3 upcoming Pro Circuit events to finish off 2017. First up is the DreamLeague Major from December 1st to 3rd which is looking incredibly stacked with all four of the top ranked teams in attendance; Virtus Pro, Team Secret, Team Liquid and Newbee. (Learn more about the DreamLeague Major)
Then in the second week of December is the MDL Macau Minor which will be an important one for OG and TNC Predator, who have yet to get going this season. (Learn more about MDL Macau)
Finally, the last Pro Circuit event of 2017 will be Summit 8 aka the Winter WonderLAN. The Summit 8 will involve 9 teams, with Evil Geniuses the "surprise" invite. Of the three remaining events of 2017 the Summit 8's participant list is the most diverse as it includes OpTic Gaming, Team Kinguin* and Sacred*. (Learn more about Summit 8)
I hope this has been helpful in getting your head around who is performing well right now and also that it has you looking forward to the next 3 Pro Circuit events!