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The slot distribution for the upcoming ESL One Los Angeles 2020 and StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor #3 has been on Wednesday. However, players regard the system as unfair and call for changes. The amount of granted slots per region has always caused discussions, and Valve does not seem to find a satisfying solution. This Major/Minor series does not seem to be an exemption either. Team Secret's manager Matthew 'Cyborgmatt' Bailey quickly announced his disapproval of the slot distribution on Twitter.





Jorien 'Sheever' van der Heijden joined the criticism as well. Achievements of previous Majors should have an impact to the slot distribution.





As an explanation: 16 teams are going to take part at the ESL One Los Angeles 2020.


  • three teams from each Europe, China and Southeast Asia.
  • two teams from each CIS, North America and South America.
  • one team is the winner of StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor #3.


The StarLadder ImbaTV Minor has eight participants.


  • two teams from each CIS and North America.
  • one team from each Europe, China, Southeast Asia and South America.


Too many strong teams



This distribution means that some of the world's strongest teams will not be able to participate at the Major, therefore they also cannot collect more DPC points to qualify for The International 2020.

For example, in Europe Team Secret, Nigma, Team Liquid, Alliance and Ninjas in Pyjamas already received an invite for the closed qualifiers.

On top of that, the new roster of OG as well as their academy squad OG Seed also announced they will take part in the Open Qualifiers.



No chance for tier 2 teams



This means an overdose of European powerhouses where some teams inevitably will not have the possibility to compete at DPC tournaments. It also means an imbalance of skill distribution. Tier 2 teams in Europe basically have no chance to participate in any DPC event.

In SEA on the other hand, Fnatic and TNC Predator might be considered to be the strongest teams, but the third slot leaves more room for a potential underdog.

With the current state of Dota, the same teams participate over and over again, not leaving too much room for potential newcomer teams. Ad Finem playing at The Boston Major, for instance, is considered one of the most exciting storylines in the history of competitive Dota. Nowadays, smaller teams rarely have the chance to make it to a big stage. The slots are basically pre-occupied by the giants of the region.

A change of system?



Pro players call for an alternating system, too. Sebastien 'Ceb' Debs as well as Johan 'BigDaddyN0tail' Sundstein expressed their discontent underneath Cyborgmatt's tweet.





n0tail asks for a different rule set and invites. While his statement on the top five teams might be questionable, his demand for changes seems to be shared among the community.

However, how would the perfect rule set look like? Some players propose taking a Major slot from SEA and giving it to EU. Others demand taking a Minor slot from NA to give it to EU. But would the different distribution pose a fair regulation?





What do you think, what would be an appropriate slot distribution?



Photo credit: Valve

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