EPICENTER 2019 is the last Major of the 2018-2019 Dota Pro Circuit. The organizers were a bit too excited at the idea that a CIS Major will close the season and announced on 14th of March the qualifiers slots distribution they would have wished.
Epic Esports Events were proudly announcing back then 3 slots for CIS, 3 for Europe, 3 for North America, and 2 for the rest of the regions. However, Major qualifiers slots allocation is one of the written rules in the DPC season and it states that only Valve can decide how many slots are allocated to each of the six regions.
From the 2018-2019 Dota Pro Circuit FAQ:
How many regional qualifier teams qualify for Majors and Minors?
Each region gets a minimum of 2 qualified teams for Majors, and a minimum of 1 qualified team for Minors.
How are the remaining three Major qualifier slots determined?
The regions for the additional qualifier slots are assigned by Valve, per Major.
EPICENTER were forced to withdraw their decision and wait for Valve to decide the slots allocation. With the MDL Disneyland? Paris Major coming to a close last night, Dota 2 developer concluded. Europe gets 3 qualifiers slot, so does China, but for the first time in the season, two teams will make their way to the Major via the Minor preceding it.
Valve’s decision comes after several professional players, including Peter “ppd” Dager and Jacky “EternaLEnVy” Mao, suggested the same thing through the entire season.
StarLadder will host the final Minor of the season mid-June. Details regarding the tournament are yet to be revealed. In the meantime, the EPICENTER Major closed regional qualifiers are scheduled to start this coming Wednesday, on May 15.