One of the more reputed online Dota 2 tournaments in the western world is now back for a new season with a larger prize pool and an even larger state of competition.

joinDOTA has formally announced the Third Season of The Defense that will place $20,000 on the line for 32 teams to battle it out for. With 24 of the finest teams from the Western scene invited to participate in the tournament, 8 slots have been kept aside for an open qualifier tournament giving every interested team a chance to make it big in the league.

The sign-ups for the qualifiers have already begun and will run through until November 25, 2012 with 512 open slots for teams willing to register. If you are a part of a team that wants to give it a shot, go ahead and sign-up here.

A breakdown of information is available after the break.