This year, Valve will withdraw the team roster-lock feature from the Dota Pro Circuit. Instead of players, The International’s qualifying points will be assigned to teams. With that, if a team removes one of its players, 20% of its total points will be deducted. However, addition of a new player will not add/deduct points from a team’s roster.
If any team falls short to join in with its official five-member roster, the team will have its 40% points reduced. In addition, the teams won’t be able to change their roster once invited by The International or the qualifiers start prior to the conclusion of the event.
Since The International 8 is concluding on 25th August, 2018, any team seeking to participate in Dota Pro Circuit will have to register after the mega event. Subsequently, Valve plans to implement schedule changes in the circuit calendar. Beginning from September 2018, five pairs of minors and majors will happen until June 2019, with each extending to 2-3 months.
Lastly, the teams will not be any more directly invited to the minors and majors. The teams that fail to qualify for the major will fortunately have a chance to play minor qualifiers – A few days later. The winner of the minor will secure a slot in the corresponding major. Minors will consist of 8 teams, whereas majors will have 16 teams featured.