DPC Leagues gear up to make 2021 a good year for Dota 2 fans



This new year already looks like a dystopian hellscape on some fronts. (And yes, we’re looking at Twitter far too much right now.) On the other hand, 2021 is shaping up to be a pretty great year for Dota 2.

For one thing, we’ll finally get to see the International, which boasts the biggest prize pool ever offered in esports. Postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament is now slated for Stockholm this August.

But wait! There’s more good news. ESL Gaming has announced that it will host two of the six Dota Pro Circuit Leagues this year. Specifically, DreamLeague Season 14 DPC EU for the European region and ESL One DPC CIS for the CIS region.

It all stars on January 18

Here’s how things will work, according to a press release from ESL:

“Commencing on January 18, the DPC leagues will occur online and will run for roughly six weeks with each region consisting of a full best of three Round Robin format. Each region’s league has an upper and lower division consisting of eight teams, and will have three competition days per week….DPC points will be awarded in the leagues and contribute towards qualification for the Majors and the International, meaning that teams will need to perform to their best level in the DPC leagues in order to progress across the season.”

The European and CIS regions’ leagues will each have a prize pool of US$280,000. The 18 best-performing teams from the six global DPC leagues will progress into the Majors. The top 12 teams from the Majors will then go on to compete in the International 2021.

Michael Van Driel, SVP Game Management at ESL Gaming, said: “Alongside the rest of the Dota 2 community, we’ve been eagerly awaiting the return of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit, we’re very excited to kick off the DPC season and provide some thrilling matches for fans to tune in for worldwide!”

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