The North American open qualifiers for the 2018 Dota 2 International were off to the races yesterday, with dozens of games being played to determine who would take a regional spot. And then along came a patch containing Dota 2's new battle royale mode, and everything fell apart.
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The regional qualifiers for the next Dota 2 major have been exciting, with over 100 matches played in the last 48 hours. The Kiev Major boasts a prize pool of $US3 ($4) million, and so everybody and their grandmother has been competing to earn a spot, including one team that made a desperate move to Southeast Asia to do so.
The qualifying system for Dota 2's majors has its roots in an egalitarian impulse where -- theoretically -- a team of amateurs could win an open and then regional qualifier, and find themselves competing in a major against professionals. But for the upcoming Kiev Major, that egalitarian ideal ran smack dab into the reality of tournaments with only one or zero teams signing up for the Champion's Cups, and a team of commentators conceding in a final because they were accidentally winning.