The Manila Major team registration has been announced by Valve. Registration for the Spring Major season began on March 7th, shortly after the conclusion of The Shanghai Major. The registration will be open until March 27th, before the rosters are locked for the Spring Major. The roster lock will be in place until the end of The International 6.
The Shanghai Major has just ended and Valve has already announced the dates for the Manila Major team registration period. Teams have 21 days to register, between March 7th – March 27th.
The roster lock will stay in effect until after The International 6. This means that teams that lock their rosters for the Manila Major will be bound to keep their lineups intact through The International 6, scheduled to take place in August, if they aim to be directly invited or receive a regional qualifier invite.
Manila Major team registration
In order to be considered for an invitation, all teams must first register at the website. Teams will have the option to register both active members and substitutes.
Registering a team
All teams will need to sign up in order to be eligible for an invitation. The roster that is registered through this process is the one that will be considered official by Valve. The registration form will allow the manager to invite the team members and manage the team roster.
Invitations to a team
Players will be able to accept, decline and view their invitations to teams as either a primary member or substitute. Once players have accepted the invitation to join a team, they become part of the official roster, and changes cannot be made until after the International 6.
Invitations may neither be issued nor accepted after March 27th, 12:00AM PDT.
Players and fans are able to search for a specific team and have access to a list of all the registered players. All rosters are made public as soon as a player accepts the invitation.
FAQ: Manila Major team registration
Valve has provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the roster lock, roster invitations and registration for the Manila Major.
Yes, everyone needs to go through the registration process again. Each trade window sets a clean slate and all teams need to confirm their players again. That way, players can opt to lock to different teams and teams can opt to lock new players.
HOW DOES A PLAYER BECOME LOCKED TO A TEAM?
First, the administrator of a team issues either Primary Member invites or Substitute invites to players. Then these players can review their invites and choose to accept one of them. Once they’ve done so, the player is a confirmed member of the Pro Team and is locked until the next trade period.
WHAT DOES BEING LOCKED TO A TEAM MEAN?
While a player is locked to a team, the team cannot kick the player, and the player cannot leave the team.
CAN A PRO TEAM INVITE BE RESCINDED?
Yes, but only if the player has not accepted it yet. Once a player accepts an invitation, the player cannot be removed from the team.
CAN A PLAYER BE INVITED TO MORE THAN ONE PRO TEAM?
Yes, but they may only accept one of those invites.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PRIMARY AND SUBSTITUTE INVITE?
Players who are in Primary slots are the ones who receive invites to the Major.
SO HOW ARE SUBSTITUTES USED THEN? CAN THEY BECOME PRIMARY MEMBERS?
Yes – in order to swap Primary and Substitute slots, both the Primary and Substitute players must agree to the swap.
UPDATED: WHEN WILL ROSTERS BE LOCKED?
Rosters will be locked on March 27th, 2016, at 12:00AM PDT, and will remain locked until after The International.
WHAT IF WE NEED TO MAKE ROSTER CHANGES AFTER THE LOCK?
Making changes to your roster will cause your team to no longer be eligible to receive a direct invitation to either the Major or the Regional Qualifiers. Note that this only applies to roster changes outside of your Primary and Substitute members — there is no penalty for swapping between Primary and Substitute slots. Your team may still register and participate in the Open Qualifiers.
WHAT IF WE NEED TO CHANGE SPONSORS OR JOIN A TEAM ORGANIZATION?
We have no restrictions on what organization or sponsor the team is part of, that is up to the arrangement between the players and the organization. The roster lock date only imposes the requirement that the registered set of players remain together.
WHAT HAPPENS TO PENDING INVITES AFTER March 27th ?
At that time, all pending invites will be canceled.
WHAT INFORMATION IS PUBLICLY VISIBLE?
Invites are private, and can only be seen by the inviter and invitee. Once a player has locked to a team, that lock is made public.
CAN TEAMS GOING THROUGH OPEN QUALIFIERS HAVE SUBSTITUTES?
Teams participating in the Open Qualifiers will be able to register up to 2 subs when they sign up for the tournament. They will still only be able to use the main 5 players during Open and eventually Regional Qualifiers, but they can have the subs available if needed for the Main event.