Game developer Valve has opened the application process for hosting a Dota 2 event post The International 8. Event organisers interested in hosting a major or minor on the Dota 2 Pro Circuit in Fall 2018 have until February 16th, 2018 to send proposals to Valve. The Aegis of Champions, the ultimate aim for any Dota 2 player. Credit: ValveThe post that reveals there will be three majors in the Fall Season, which will have Grand Finals falling on the following weekends:October 20-21;November 17-18;December 15-16.Proposals are asked to include as much information as possible, including location, venue and format amongst other aspects. A difference is that all majors are now required to be 16-team tournaments, whereas the qualification process must still be accepting of each region.In addition, proposals for minors are requested but the decision will first be made on majors before considering minors.This season saw a dramatic change in the format of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, with the introduction of Pro Circuit Points and a move away from Valve-run majors. There was originally 11 majors and minors but instead it has shifted to around 9 majors and 16 minors. It’s a marked increase and as a result there has been no shortage of Dota 2 action for fans to watch this year.There remains very few organisations with the resources necessary to host a major, but with three tournaments in three months in the Fall Season it’s safe to say that we’re in for another hectic season. Additionally, this provides more time for tournament organisers to plan a tournament although it’s still a fairly short lead time.One would assume decisions will start to be made by the end of February, but many organisers would ideally want even more time to best prepare an event – especially to accommodate 16 teams. Esports Insider says: This is definitely communication from Valve that is very far in advance compared to what the public normally hear and/or see. It makes sense not to wait until The International finishes to get our first tournament announcements though – and makes even more sense for the first major to run in October when new rosters are settled.
DeAndre Jordan had 28 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to end a three-game losing streak.Carmelo Anthony had 28 points and Kristaps Porzingis 27 on a night there was plenty of fight from the Knicks. Anthony played well the day after Phil Jackson took another dig at him on Twitter by referencing an article that was critical of the forward. Coach Jeff Hornacek acknowledged it may have been a distraction, but one he expected the Knicks to play through, and they had a chance to tie before Anthony missed a 3-pointer down 118-115.Griffin then put it away with a free throw with 5.9 seconds left.“They kept their composure. They played well, they executed and we just couldn’t score,” Porzingis said. “That’s how it goes sometimes.” NEW YORK >> The Clippers saw plenty of fight at Madison Square Garden — especially from a former Knick.Blake Griffin scored a season-high 32 points and the Clippers beat New York 119-115 on Wednesday night after ex-Knick Charles Oakley was ejected and arrested in the first quarter.Griffin was one of the players close to Oakley when he shouted at MSG chairman James Dolan and shoved away security guards before he was forcefully removed by arena security.“I stopped and then there was an inbounds play on the side,” Griffin said. “I turned around just in time as he was handing it to him and then there was a foul. I walked back to catch the third, fourth and fifth rounds. It was crazy, man.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Knicks lost their third in a row on a bizarre day even for one of the NBA’s most dysfunctional franchises.“At the end of the day, regardless of what’s being said, what’s going on, you still got to come in here and play basketball,” Anthony said. “And I think that’s the most important part, the most important thing that we should be focusing on.” The Jackson-Anthony feud dominated the pregame talk but quickly took a back seat to the main event between Oakley and Dolan. Oakley was a popular Knick during the 1990s but has fallen out of favor with the franchise because of his criticisms of Dolan.He shouted at Dolan from a seat a couple of rows behind until security came. Oakley shoved a couple of them before he was removed while players on both teams watched as Porzingis was preparing to shoot free throws. Fans chanted “Oakley! Oakley!” as he was led to the tunnel, handcuffed and eventually taken by the New York Police Department.“It kind of happened fast. It was a crazy little situation,” Jordan said. “But then they kind of took my boy out of there. It was kind of crazy.”It was the Clippers’ ninth consecutive victory against the Knicks, their longest winning streak against an opponent. It was coach Doc Rivers’ 785th win, passing Gene Shue for 15th place on the NBA career coaching list. Rivers and assistant Mike Woodson both played for the Knicks. Woodson coached New york to playoff appearances in 2012 and 2013.The Clippers will play at Charlotte on Saturday to end the eastern portion of their five-game trip.