Let me explain this thought with a little more detail.
This week my team is playing in 4 different qualifiers.
As a new team in a competitive region none of these qualifiers are a lock for us. Under the new major/minor system it is important that we, as a new team, give ourselves every opportunity to earn points towards qualifying to ti8 therefore we are playing in each and every qualifier.
What does this look like?
2-3 bo3's/bo5's a day for 9-10 days. We wake up around 10AM and start playing around noon. We usually end before midnight. 12 hour + days for a week and a half.
Realistically if we qualify for all of these tournaments in October we will not have the time to play the qualifiers for tournaments in November because we will be attending these tournaments in Europe. 2nd/3rd/4th weeks of October.
Any team who is directly invited has a huge advantage of not only skipping the competitive qualifier but also allowing them to compete in other qualifiers for future tournaments.
When my iteration of EG stopped playing qualifiers in 2015 it was because we had won every single qualifier for almost 18 months. We were crushing the NA scene and as a result no other NA teams were qualifying to international competition. When we finally took a stand and demanded invites we started seeing complexity, DC, archon, etc qualify to events which increased the skill level of our region. You can see the affects now if you have been watching any NAdota. It's a thriving and fiercely competitive scene.
I don't have the answer or solution to this problem. I just want more attention to be brought around these invites which are enabling teams to be more successful than others. Nothing makes a team better than competing at an international LAN and exposing yourself to the best of the best win or lose.
I don't think we (the Dire) deserve any invites and I apologize if my intentions were unclear. I want a fair system when over 40 million dollars are at stake.
I love Dota and everyone who enables me to do what I love each and every day. Let's work on this together!