Valve has indefinitely postponed the Dota Pro Circuit Eastern European Spring Tour, according to a Twitter post made by EPICENTER on Monday.
The decision to postpone the second season has come out about a month before the next DPC Spring Tour. Without further information, it will be difficult to see how Valve plans on scheduling matches so that they line up with the ESL One Stockholm Dota Major 2022 that will occur in May; the first in-person Dota event in two and a half years.
⚡️ DPC EEU Spring Tour Update
We have been informed by Valve that the DPC Eastern European Spring Tour is postponed indefinitely.
We will be back soon with details on the new start dates for open qualifications and the main part of the regional tournament. pic.twitter.com/ObepxSzKm8
— EPICENTER | DPC & D2CL (@epicentergg) February 28, 2022
The larger concern will be the scheduling of the regions before the next major. The main selling point of an event like the Dota Stockholm Major is that all the best teams from different regions are able to play on LAN against international competition. With the Eastern Europe Dota Pro Circuit indefinitely postponed, Valve would need to speed up the process in order to catch up with the schedule. If this doesn’t happen, the previous winners of The International 10, Team Spirit, would not make the first international competition after their win.
It is possible that this indefinite postponement is due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Most Dota teams are created out of a combination of several Eastern European countries, and it’s common for teams to be comprised of Ukrainian and Russian players. Team Spirit are one of these teams, with Ukrainian players Illya “Yatoro” Mulyarchuk and Miroslaw “Mira” Kolpakov.
Additionally, Team Spirit released a statement regarding Mira’s participation in GAMERS GALAXY: Invitational Series Dubai 2022. They stated that Mira is currently in Ukraine and cannot compete in the tournament. Instead, they are bringing on Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosian as a stand-in for the tournament.
— Team Spirit (@Team__Spirit) February 28, 2022