ONE Esports Dota 2 Singapore Major Canceled
If you were eager to watch a bit of top-tier competitive Dota 2 over the coming months, you’re pretty much out of luck. The highly anticipated ONE Esports Dota 2 Singapore Major has just been canceled. This effectively means that the entire 2019/2020 DPC season has concluded, seeing how all other tournaments (including The International that was set to happen in Sweden) are also canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
What Happens Now?
The ONE Esports Dota 2 Singapore Major was supposed to run from June 20-28 and was going to be the prelude to The International. The season itself has been incredibly exciting, in no small part because of the monumental Outlanders update. The introduction of Void Spirit and Spitfire (along with many other complex game-related changes) completely turned the status quo on its head. Many new challengers rose through the ranks, which resulted in a very entertaining couple of months. We also saw the slow (but determined) rebound of Team Secret, and the grand return of OG, the only two-time winner of The International.
In short, this was one of the most exciting seasons in history and the fact that it’s cut short because of the pandemic is a bitter pill to swallow. Still, player health and safety needs to come first. Valve has already announced huge changes to their DPC Season format and will probably double down on their efforts to reinvigorate the entire scene for 2021.
In the meantime, players will still be able to purchase the yearly Battle Pass, a fan-favorite feature that’ll make an appearance even though the season came to a halt.
Generally speaking, with the whole pandemic slowly subduing, some of these tournaments might return in an online-only format. Riot Games and Blizzard have already shifted their leagues and have found a fair bit of success, although the transition wasn’t exactly seamless, as was expected.
We’ll keep you updated as the situation develops.