Earlier today we had Valve announce dates and new rules relating to the next season of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit which most of us were happy to finally see – until it was pointed out that the dates absolutely destroy Midas Mode 2.0, an event which has been in the making for a few months now.
For those that may not know, Midas Mode has always been an insanely fun tournament for all involved; players, casters and viewers. The event was originally postponed for some time up July 2019 when Jake ‘SirActionSlacks’ Kanner confirmed that it would take place as the first Dota 2 event to follow The International 2019. September 24-October 2 were the dates confirmed and that gave anyone well over a month to offer an objection to them.
In that time, teams have purchased parts of the map; Evil Geniuses claiming the cliffs as their own and even some massive organisations have come on board with ESL claiming Kunkka for themselves – sporting the companies Hamburg 2019 gear. While there is almost nothing serious about this event, it has been confirmed for some time and when Valve released their schedule for the new DPC season, they seem to have decided that this event was not worthy – overlapping the dates for qualifiers with Midas Mode 2.0.
Normally this would not be such a big issue, but now that Minor and Major qualifiers will be running over the same dates, this essentially means that no teams will be able to take part in Midas Mode unless they are willing to skip the first Minor/Major rotation. While some teams have announced that they will be doing this – things may change with the new rulings that are in place.
This could mean that a team that opts out of a Major or Minor qualifier could be forced into open qualifiers for the next event – without being invited directly into the regional closed qualifier.
This all gets a bit confusing when it is broken down, but basically what needs to be taken from this is that Valve have essentially crushed a smaller event, which was likely to have some well-known big teams participating just to take a break from the stresses of the DPC. Many personalities in the Dota 2 scene have already spoken out on the topic and on Reddit is an informal petition asking Valve to change the dates of their qualifiers.
At this point in time, Valve have not said anything on the matter – not that the dates given were an error or that they would be willing to change them, leaving Midas Mode 2.0 in the balance. There are many mixed opinions online about this; some calling out Valve, others saying that the dates for Midas Mode were not communicated properly – but at the end of the day, at this point in time, it seems that Midas Mode 2.0 could become a distant dream.