Team Secret rumbled through the competition towards their first LAN win in three months, since Dreamleague Season 8. Their championship victory at Dreamleague season 9 nets the team 150 DPC and $150,000. They're still third on the Pro Circuit leaderboards, but the win inches them closer to Team Liquid as well as further securing their top 8 standing for a direct invite to TI8 in Vancouver. The next major, DAC 2018, is less than a week away.
Artifact now has a listing on the Steam Store. The game is currently in a closed beta stage, with a release date sometime in 2018. When the listing initially appeared, it had the release date set at December 27, but this has since been removed. It could have just been a placeholder date, and the community has its own reservations with setting expectations when it comes to Valve and their history of releasing games. Valve did announce mobile versions of Artifact in 2019, so it stands to reason that the beta would get released in the latter half of the year. A good bet would be at this year's TI, where Valve made their initial announcement of Artifact last year.
The final Major in this DPC season will be the Supermajor, held and organized collaboratively by Perfect World and @pglesports in Shanghai.— Perfect World_DOTA2 (@PWRD_DOTA2) March 23, 2018
With 2250 DPC points and TI8 on the horizon afterwards, look forward to the Supermajor in early June 2018.
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The final Pro Circuit event before TI8 will take place in Shanghai on June 4th to June 10th. The 'Supermajor" will be weighted heavier than other Majors, with 2250 DPC points and a $1.5 million prize pool, instead of the usual 1500 DPC points and $1.5 million. Only Virtus.Pro so far has secured a direct invite to TI8, with their 7200 DPC points on top of the standings. The event will cap off three Majors--MDL Changsha and ESL Birmingham--occurring in the span of four weeks.