ONE Esports Singapore Major format and distribution called into question

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

After four days of competitive play, the ONE Esports Singapore Major format, DPC point distribution, and prize pool awards seem terribly broken to many. 

It's a story as old as time. Prize pool distributions from Valve sponsored events (especially The Internationals) have often been questioned by players and the community alike. Typically, it is top-heavy, rewarding the best teams handsomely while leaving the bottom teams with little or nothing to show for their efforts (and immense talent and hard work for being among the most elite). 

And the ONE Esports Singapore Major is not different. In fact, it might be among the worst. 

Teams that flew in from around the world and competed in only the wild card or group stage phases will immediately depart for home bringing home a whopping ZERO for their time and efforts. 

There is no Kewpie Doll, nor cigar. There is no certificate. In fact, it will only be the top eight teams that will receive anything at all. 

Thunder Predator, who has taken the event by storm and found their way into the upper brackets, will now play against one of the best teams in the world —Team Secret. If the SA team loses against them and then the next round it will have been potentially been for naught. 

Remember folks, the seeding has been drawn at random too. 

And on top of it all, teams playing from Day 1 in the Wild Card Series that advance through to the playoffs have already been playing more than double the Dota 2 in four days than they have all season. 

The condensed format (perhaps due to time restrictions stemming from both budget and local government Coronavirus rules) definitely has given a Speedrunning feel to the event. 

As it is highly unlikely anything will be fixed or adjusted for this event, one can only hope that moving forward for the only remaining DPC LAN event of the season Valve will rethink some choices. 

For now, at the ONE Esports Singapore Major, the only thing that can save the lower-ranked and eliminated teams could be if one of the top teams has a generous change of heart. 

ONE Esports Singapore Major Prize Pool and DPC Point Distribution 

Majors award $500,000 and 2,700 DPC points among the top eight teams as follows:

Place Prize DPC Pts
1 $200,000  500
2 $100,000  450
3 $75,000  400
4 $50,000 350
5-6 $25,000 300
7-8 $12,500 200

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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2


  • Geoffrey "SophoS" Magdziasz ,
    Hey hope all is well! Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t teams get DPC points for their placement through qualifiers? Aren’t any dpc points earned at the event in addition to what was rewarded from the qualifiers? If this is the case, then the article may be misleading. They’re simply not getting additional points from their placement at the event, just being defaulted the qualifier earnings.
    • Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani ,
      Cristy "Pandoradota2" Ramadani, 30 Mar 2021 17:01 You are correct my friend they do get, but the article states specifically for the ONE Esports Singapore Major ;) And addresses the flights and amount of playtime at the LAN event as well as the distribution of money and points THERE. also... beastcoast got 500 points and 30k for the league but then they didn't even go... TP got 300 points and 28k for the league and travelled all the way there played a ton of amazing games, risked covid etc and still end up with less than beastcoast got staying home (assuming they lose). Its not about the league its about the LAN event itself.


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