On December 17th, 2016, during the “Perfect Ceremony 2016”, the CEO of PerfectWorld Xiao Hong announced Dota 2 Asia Championships (2017) will come back in the spring of 2017.
Four invited teams were announced on 10th January 2017, with 2 teams from China and another 2 from rest of the world. Regional qualifiers decide four teams from China, and one from each of the regions: America, South East Asia, Europe and CIS; summing up to twelve teams in total.
The tournament will take place from 28th March till 4th of April. It will feature the best teams in the Dota2 scene. However unknown teams will also be given a chance to participate in the tournament via the qualifiers. The regional qualifiers have now been announced along with the schedule and the format.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) January 17, 2017