Open qualifiers leading to a regional group stage will start this month.
DotaPitâ€™s fifth iteration will be featuring two direct invites and six qualifier teams that will beÂ battling it out in the playoffs on January 21-22, 2017 for an initial $125,000 prize pool that willÂ be further augmented by in-game ticket sales (25% of sales contribute to the prize pool) andÂ item sets from the Dota Pit League Season 5 tournament chest (10% of sales contribute to theÂ prize pool).
Schedules for the open qualifiers leading up to a regional group stage have not yet beenÂ released, but they are set for this October. There will be six regional groups and 2 slots will beÂ reserved for EU, while the CIS, SEA, CN and NA will be getting one slot each. The group stageÂ will be played in a double-elimination format, and each slot winner qualifies to the playoffs inÂ January with a venue yet to be announced.
Itâ€™s another tournament to add to the jam-packed Fall Season, and with the Major announcedÂ for this December, doing well in the group stages and putting up convincing showings in priorÂ tournaments might be crucial to secure Valveâ€™s direct invites to The Boston Major.Â DotaPitâ€™s playoffs will also be 2017â€™s second premier LAN event â€“ coming only a week after ESLÂ One Genting.