The tournament kicks off with a Bo3 round-robin group stage. The top four teams advance to the upper bracket of the playoffs, place 5 and 6 continue their way through the lower bracket. For the bottom four teams, the journey ends as they get eliminated. The playoffs will be held in a Bo3 double-elimination bracket, culminating in the Bo5 Grand Finals.
In July, we jointly planned a new Chinese Dota2 Professional League and launched and successfully held the first China DOTA2 Development League.— ImbaTV (@imbatv) October 11, 2019
Today we are happy to announce the Official Professional League as well as the Second season of the Developmental League.
Next Monday👀 pic.twitter.com/RSQTrYrjpz
The China Dota2 Professional League Season 1 Participants
This so-called Development League serves as a prime example of amateur support, which is widely lacking in other regions. China promotes tier 2 and 3 Dota players in several ways. Most succesful organisations have several sub-teams besides their main rosters, in which they test and train promising newcomers. For those academy teams, special tier 2 tournaments and leagues are hosted regularly.
The China Professional and the Development League are being organised by Imba TV. They already hostet tier 2 tournaments in the past. With tbe ImbaTV H-Cup from 2016-2018, they gave players a chance to get discovered and develop themselves further by gaining experience playing competitively in a professional environment. Thanks to these cups, talents such as Ye 'BoBoKa' Zhibiao and Pan 'Fade' Yi entered the stage. They played the cup for several seasons, eventually taking the next big step to get signed by famous teams.
For other regions, the scene does not have as many possibilities to develop. Earlier this year, several semi-professionals raised their complaints against Valve about not being able to commit fulltime as tier 2 players. This caused an uproar in the community that demanded a better infrastructure within the scene.
quitting dota forever, cant afford to live properly being tier 2/3 professional, thx valve— FeyDota (@FeyDota) August 1, 2019
Do you think more regional leagues would be beneficial?
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