The sixth season of the Dota 2 Champions League is fast approaching. Thirteen teams based in Eastern & Western Europe have convened for the chance to win $20,000 in prize money. While it’s true that specific teams are using this event to prepare for the DPC, others see it as a stage to showcase their talents against their adversaries.
Nonetheless, as they compete, viewers have begun deducing how the tournament will transpire and who its winner will be. Here are our predictions for the Dota 2 Champions League Season 6 tournament.
Dota 2 Champions League
Season 6 of the Dota 2 Champions League began on December 6, 2021, and continues until January 11, 2022. Thirteen teams entered the event, with 11 directly invited and two securing a spot through the open qualifier tournament.
The competition is divided into two phases: group and playoff stages. Seven of the eleven invited teams are seeded to the group stage, joining the two open qualifier teams. The four other teams are seeded to the playoffs, which will hold a double-elimination bracket.
The group stage will be played in a single round-robin format, with all matches being a best-of-three series. Upon completing the group stage play, the top four teams advance to the playoffs.
The participating teams are HellRaisers, Entity, Team Tickles, Coolguys, HYDRA, Team Empire, Nemiga Gaming, Brame, V-Gaming, CIS Rejects, Fantastic Five, X3, and IVY. The defending champions are HellRaisers, who defeated Entity in the Season 5 grand finals.
Fans can watch this Dota 2 esports event in its entirety in the official Epics Esports Events Twitch channel.
Season 6 Predictions
The defending champions return to the competition with an impressive string of results under their belt. Though HR is fielding a young lineup with little collective experience to their name, that hasn’t stopped them from obtaining success.
Aside from winning CL Season 5, they also sit in the upper half of the EEU Division I league table. Led by players such as watson and re1bl, they’re expected to impose the same tenacity that previously propelled them to victory.
Primarily based in India, Entity announced its entry to the European Dota scene by signing the Creepwave roster in late November. The team made their debut by playing in the Champions League Season 5, where they finished as runner-up. Eager to rebound from their recent disappointment, Entity is a team to watch for the tournament’s latter stages.
Despite being an independent team for the 2021-22 DPC, CIS Rejects are having a promising start to the Champions League. Victories over X3 and HYDRA see them reside well within the fight for a spot in the playoff stage.
Apart from ex-Alliance player fng, the Rejects features RodjER, 9pasha, and RAMZES666, all of whom were a part of Virtus.Pro. While it’s said that a majority of the players’ primes are behind them, that doesn’t mean they can’t orchestrate another deep tourney run.
As such, they are predicted by esports betting to be a competitor for the Champions League.