With a new season comes a few changes as well. Season three will be a more compressed season and feature less teams than season two. However that does not mean this season is any less prestigous than the previous one as the invited teams are the very best the West has to offer. Of the eight teams invited teams, seven are all invited to The International 2013, a great way to get ready for the tournament of the year.
As mentioned before, the top two teams will not be playing each other online but on LAN instead, at one of the most prestigous LAN events ever, DreamHack Valencia from the 18th to 21st of July. The two teams that qualify for the LAN finals will also receive travel stipends and accommodations will be provided for.
Another interesting thing about this season is that viewership statistics will be shared among the participating teams and their sponsors. This allows teams to show quantitative data to sponsors on the exposure they get during the league.
Commentary will be provided by Aaron 'Ayesee' Chambers and Jacob 'Maelk' Toft-Andersen.
The prize pool for this season have not been made public yet but season two was $10,000.
New Tournament Format
- Seven weeks long
- Double-round-robin format
- Four broadcast days (Monday through Thursday)
- Two Best of Three series on each play-day.
- Broadcast times of 12:00PM EDT / 18:00 CEST and 3:00PM EDT / 21:00 CEST
Regular season begins: May 20
Regular season concludes: July 10th
Finals @ Dreamhack Valencia: July 18-21st
Free in-game courier