Valve and PGL have announced the Kiev Major as the next in line for the spring. The Kiev Major will take place towards the end of April and be the first major to split the Americas into two separate regions of North and South for the qualifiers and give CIS their own qualifiers as well. PGL will continue to host the majors events, making it their third of the five Majors.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) December 9, 2016
During the height of the quarterfinals of the Boston Major, PGL and Valve announced the location for the Spring Major.
The Dota Majors will be making their way to the Ukraine, hosting the next event in Kiev.
The Kiev Major Main Event will take place April 20 – 23, 2017, preceded by Open Qualifiers on March 6 – 9, and Regional Qualifiers on March 10 – 13
For the Spring Major Qualifiers, Valve will be breaking the Americas Qualifiers into two distinct regions—North America and South America—and similarly changing the Europe Qualifiers into separate Europe Qualifiers and CIS Qualifiers.
With the separation of regions, no further information was provided as to adjustment of number of teams per region or any regional locks. Many speculated changes would occur following the influx of European teams playing in the Americas qualifiers, initiated by Prodota Gaming.
The Boston Major production company and host, PGL, will once again be at the helm for the Kiev Major.
PGL was also responsible for the third and final major held before TI6 in June in Manila, Philippines. The event was praised for it’s success and professionalism giving the production company another shot at hosting one of the most coveted events of the year.
The company is based out of Bucharest, Romania and has also been responsible for DreamHack Bucharest from 2012-2015 and DreamHack Cluj-Napoca in 2015.
Kiev Major dates
- Open Qualifiers: March 6-9
- Regional Qualifiers: March 10-13
- Main Event: April 20-23
Dota 2 Majors
Valve originally announced the implementation of the Majors system at the end of April 2015. The concept is believed to be a proper solution to some significant problems in tournament quality and control that had been voiced in recent times.
Over the last five years, The International has become the pinnacle moment for the world of professional Dota. Now the excitement of the biggest event in esports is coming to the Majors, a series of seasonal marquee tournaments, which will take place throughout the year and around the globe. Dota’s newest tradition begins this fall with the Frankfurt Major.
The first Dota Major was held in Frankfurt, Germany, at the Festhalle Messe – a multi-purpose hall with an area of 6,000 square meters, which can accommodate up to 13,500 visitors. Sixteen teams competed for a total prize-pool of $3,000,000, with ESL Gaming in charge of production. OG made history when they took the championship title, becoming the first qualified team to clinch a Valve-sponsored championship title.
Following Frankfurt was the Shanghai Major – won by Team Secret. The next in line was the Manila Major taken once again by OG with another historic moment – becoming the first team to win two Valve sponsored events.
The first Major of the new year, post TI6 was the Boston Major – hosted at Wang Theater in Boston, USA. Wang Theater is located in a historic 1925 building that seats 3,600 people.