On the last day of 2020, Valve announced the latest details for the upcoming Dota Pro Circuit 2021 (DPC). The newly established seeding system allows four top-performing teams from each region to be invited by Valve to the Upper Division of the first season of the DPC 2021.
Dota 2 insider and unofficial Valve spokesperson Wykrhm Reddy announced via Twitter the twenty four teams that have been invited to the Upper Division for the season starting January 18.
The following are the direct invitees by region:
EU – Liquid, OG, Secret, Nigma
CN – PSG.LGD, EHOME, Vici Gaming, Elephant
SEA – TNC, Fnatic, T1, Boom Esports
CIS – Virtus.pro, Na`Vi, Team Spirit, Live to Win
SA – SG Esports, Thunder Predator, Infamous, Beastcoast
NA – Evil Geniuses, Quincy Crew, 4 Zoomers, Sadboys
Europe currently remains the most competitive region by far with the biggest pool of talented teams, which will most likely make EU upper division’s a bloodbath. China has seen few changes in the recent past but is still a competitive region, with known names dominating the invites. SEA has the default TNC and Fnatic invites, besides T1 and Boom owing to their continually impressive performances.
CIS has a new addition, Live to Win, with Kiyalbek “dream`” Tayirov replacing Igor “iLTW” Filatov“iLTW” as of January 2, 2021. South America gained the most slots this year with a slew of competent teams; SA upper division is anyone’s for the taking. North America, on the other hand, saw a reduction in direct invites, leading to even fewer teams being in the competition.
These teams will battle it out for the top spot till February 28. The top teams from each region will then proceed to the Upper Division for the Season 1 Major in March 2021 as per Valve’s current DPC rules, while the rest of the teams will play in the Lower Division. With the Major out of the way, the season’s remaining slots will be decided by open qualifiers in the days to follow.
Stay tuned for the latest DPC 2021 coverage in the days to come.