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In this case, that's a more watchable experience for everyone, including a new audience that might not otherwise take a chance on Dota 2 in the first place.

Of course, single-elimination might also stifle the storylines, and institutions that make people curious about Dota in the first place.

It's hard for the average viewer to schedule their life around six or seven days of games, especially when they don't know how long those individual games might last.

One easy solution is to watch any given Dota tournament on one's own time. That's the problem facing traditional TV in general — including the sports still outdoing Major League Baseball.

Some of those aforementioned issues are still big problems, in need of some attention from Valve.

Yet big changes like the single-elimination format only seem to roll out once every year or two.

Specifically, Dota 2 fandom's love of the underdog, often made possible by the second "life" granted to teams in double-elimination tournaments.

It's probably not a coincidence that Valve chose the Boston Major to replace that model with the single-elimination format.

Problems like overly long tournaments, high player turnover, lopsided prize payouts, and uneven professional seasons have been around for ages.

That's exactly what it seems like to the unhappy, hardcore fans out there, anyway.

Valve has let a tradition of underdogs take root naturally in Dota 2, only to realize they need the space for something potentially healthier in the long run.

It is, in effect, Valve attempting to avoid "the World Series problem." This year's World Series features the Chicago Cubs versus the Cleveland Indians.

The former team hasn't participated in the championship series in 71 years, and is at least partially famous for that being a punchline in Back to the Future 2.

Problems like overly long tournaments, high player turnover, lopsided prize payouts, and uneven professional seasons have been around for ages.That's exactly what it seems like to the unhappy, hardcore fans out there, anyway.Valve has let a tradition of underdogs take root naturally in Dota 2, only to realize they need the space for something potentially healthier in the long run.It is, in effect, Valve attempting to avoid "the World Series problem." This year's World Series features the Chicago Cubs versus the Cleveland Indians.The former team hasn't participated in the championship series in 71 years, and is at least partially famous for that being a punchline in Back to the Future 2.Dota 2 is still in the beta stage, which means the game is not finalized until the end.