The third season of the Dota Pro Circuit gets underway in a few weeks’ time with the DOTA Summit 11 Minor in Los Angeles, followed by the MDL Chengdu Major a short time later. However, the DPC has also announced this week that the first Major event of 2020 will take place in Leipzig in Germany.
In partnership with DreamHack, the DreamLeague Season 13 event in Leipzig will be the second DPC Major of the season, with a cash prize of $1,000,000 to be shared between the top teams and 15,000 DPC points up for grabs.
As with all DPC Major events, it will be preceded a week or so beforehand by a minor tournament, which will take place in Bukovel in the Ukraine, the WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020, which has a smaller prize pool of $300,000 to be won and 660 DPC Points up for grabs.
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The DreamLeague Season 13 DPC event will be part of the larger DreamHack Leipzig event, which will also be hosting competitive CS:GO and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournaments over the duration of the tournament.
However, to have snagged the opportunity to host one of the 10 DPC Majors of the season, it is a coup for Leipzig to host this event alongside the other esports tournaments at DreamHack Leipzig. Especially when the CS:GO tournament that will also be hosted in Leipzig that week will be part of the new ESL Pro Tour, which links together 20 DreamHack and ESL events in the highly competitive world of CS:GO esports betting.
Speaking about the announcement the Co-CEO of DreamHack, Marcus Lindmark, stated:
“We are DreamHack are proud that Valve, once again, has chosen DreamHack to host a DPC Major. We aim to bring the same feeling delivered during DreamLeague Season 11 in Stockholm, Sweden, to our event in Leipzig, meaning that the tournament will be packed with exciting games, great entertainment, and an opportunity for Dota 2 fans to come close to, and cheer for, their favourite teams and players.”
Qualification and Venue
A total of 16 teams will compete at DreamLeague Season 13 in Leipzig and this will include qualifiers from six refions, North and South America, China, Southeast Asia, CIS and Europe. The winner of the Minor event in Bukovel prior to this tournament will also earn a spot in the tournament.
The tournament, which will be held at the Leipziger Messe in the city from the 18th to 26th January, will be the first time that a DPC event has been played in Germany since the 2017 ESL One Hamburg 2017 tournament back in October 2017, which was the very first Major of the Dota Pro Circuit and an event won by Russian team Virtus.Pro, who went on to win the first season of the DPC.
DreamHack Join Forces with eDivisie
It has been a busy week for DreamHack with the news breaking earlier in the week that they had partnered with the esports division of the Dutch professional football league, the Eredivisie, to help promote the league’s eDivisie, an 18-team tournament featuring players representing the 18 top-level teams in Dutch football, with a place in the FIFA e-World Cup on offer for the winner.
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