Valve Announces New Rules Ahead of DPC 2022/2023

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Valve has officially announced their updated rules for the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) ahead of the 2022/2023 season, with the new regulations raising the DPC point penalty for teams that alter their rosters after they have been locked or employ substitutes at Majors.

The penalty for removing a player after their roster has been locked has been raised by from a 15 per cent penalty last season to 20 per cent of all DPC points earned at the time of removal. Adding a new player, however, is allowed by the rules.

The first roster lock for the 2022–2023 DPC season will take place on December 9th. Organizations are still permitted to replace their rosters following the completion of each regional league tour and the Major, but doing so will result in additional penalties.

Valve also stated that it has revised its guidelines regarding subs at Majors. Teams are still permitted to bring up to two subs to a Major should the need arise. Doing so, however, will result in a 40 per cent deduction from the team’s DPC Points for the tournament for each substitution.

Additionally, if a team needs more than two substitutes during a Major, the team will be disqualified from the competition as a whole.

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This change would prevent something like what happened with Southeast Asia’s Fnatic during the PGL Arlington Major with three substitutes, when three of their players failed to secure visas in time for the tournament.

Valve also announced the addition of new restrictions surrounding ownership of a DPC seat in each respective region. Teams are permitted to sell or buy a seat in their respective regional league, but Valve advised they should contact their respective regional tournament organizers to prevent legal complications.

Furthermore, they introduced a new rule that made the registered administrator as the only owner of a DPC team. The administrator has the right to expel any team member.

Dota community may expect an uptick in roster announcements in the coming weeks now that the roster lock date has been revealed.

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