Dota Pro Circuit 2021 Overview
Dota Pro Circuit 2021 starts on January 18th, and will consist of 2 seasons, each punctuated by a Major tournament leading up to The International 10.
Changes to the Dota Pro Circuit in 2021
For this year’s season, Valve has one more reworked the format of the Dota Pro Circuit, replacing Minor tournaments with Regional Leagues.
The DPC Regional leagues are divided into an Upper and a Lower division of 8 teams each.
Following this change, the Dota Majors format was also affected with the total number of Major events being reduced to two.
2021’s Dota 2 Majors will now feature 18 teams, with the following slot allocation:
- Europe: Top 4
- China: Top 4
- South-East Asia: Top 3
- CIS: Top 3
- North America: Top 2
- South America: Top 2
The top team from each region directly qualifies for the Playoffs of each season’s Major, while the second team qualifies for the Group Stage.
6 teams (2 from EU and CN plus 1 each from SEA and CIS) will take part in the Wild Card stage.
DPC 2021 Regional Leagues
As mentioned above, the Dota Pro Circuit 2021 will no longer feature Minor events but Regional Leagues, one for each continent.
Each league will be run by a separate event organizer, responsible for broadcasting, event and talent information.
The 6 official leagues of the DPC 2021 are:
|Europe||DreamLeague Season 14||Dreamhack|
|CIS||ESL One CIS Online Season||ESL One|
|China||Dota Pro Circuit 2021 – China||Perfect World|
|SEA||Dota Pro Circuit 2021||PGL|
|NA||Dota Pro Circuit 2021||Beyond The Summit (BTS)|
|SA||OGA DPC South America||Dota Pit|
Teams playing in the Dota Pro Circuit in 2021
Following the decision to not use DPC points as a way to seed teams into the leagues but rather to invite the top 4 teams in best form from each region to be directly qualified to the Upper division, we already know the names of some of the participating teams
- Quincy Crew
- Evil Geniuses
- 4 Zoomers
- Black N Yellow
- SG e-sports
- Thunder Predator
- Omega Gaming
- Team Unknown
- Latam Defenders
The rest of the participating teams will be decided while a series of qualifiers, closed and open.
Dota Pro Circuit 2021 Schedule
This year’s competition is slated to start on January 18th, and will consist of 2 seasons, concluding with the biggest DOTA event of the year – The International 2021.
Both seasons will consist of a six week League stage leading up to a Major. After two seasons, there will be qualifiers for the remaining slots for The International 10 happening in Stockholm in August.
The calendar for the two DPC seasons is as follows:
January 18th – February 28th. (March 14th for China with a break in the middle)
1st Major: March 25th – April 4th
April 13th – May 23rd
2nd Major: June 2nd – June 13th
Dota Pro Circuit Prize Pool
A total of $280,000 USD can be won each season, split as follows:
- Upper Divisions: $205,000
- Lower Divisions: $75,000
DPC points can only be won by the top 5 teams from the Upper division. The prize pool and DPC points are spread as follows:
|1||$30,000||500||Qualifies to the Major Playoffs|
|2||$28,000||300||Qualifies to the Major Group Stage|
|3||$27,000||200||Qualifies to the Major Wild Card Stage (EU, CN, SEA, CIS)|
|4||$26,000||100||Qualifies to the Major Wild Card Stage (EU, CN)|
|5||$25,000||50||Remain in Upper Division|
|6||$24,000||0||Remain in Upper Division|
|7||$23,000||0||Relegated to Lower Division|
|8||$22,000||0||Relegated to Lower Division|
|1||$17,000||Promoted to Upper Division|
|2||$16,000||Promoted to Upper Division|
|3||$15,000||Remain in Lower Division|
|4||$11,000||Remain in Lower Division|
|5||$9,000||Remain in Lower Division|
|6||$7,000||Remain in Lower Division|
|7||0||Eliminated from Lower Division*|
|8||0||Eliminated from Lower Division*|
DPC Majors 2021 Prize Pool
This year’s Dota 2 Majors award $500,000 USD and 2,700 DPC points divided between the top 8 teams as follows:
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