Dota Pro Circuit is the professional Dota 2 league that takes place every season, stretching from one TI to the next. So far, we’ve had two Dota Pro Circuit editions and we are currently in the third. In this guide, I will take a close look at DPC and its history.
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Dota Pro Circuit History
Here’s a brief analysis of the DPC.
Dota Pro Circuit began in the 2017-2018 season. Initially, things were a lot more chaotic than they are today. A system of partial qualifiers was being used at the time and this created a lot of dissatisfaction.
Furthermore, the circuit had over 20 important events. For the top competitors, who are currently going to just 5 such events per year, this was an absolute Hell. There was almost no time to practice and recalibrate. The players were always traveling from one event to the next and burnouts were a frequent phenomenon. The only people who were happy were the casters and analysts. And of course, the fans, who had the possibility to watch high-level Dota almost every other week.
The first Dota Pro Circuit was won by Virtus.pro, followed by Team Liquid, PSG.LGD and Team Secret.
The second Dota Pro Circuit was much better structured than the first and had new rules. First of all, there were only 10 events instead of an undetermined number of them. Five Minors and five Majors. And every team had to qualify for each tournament, regardless of their previous results and DPC rank. This guaranteed that each competition featured the best teams in the world. Whereas previously, if a team had a great start but then lost its prowess along the way, they would still get invited to big events even though they had no place in them.
Starting with 2018-2019, Majors offered 15,000 qualification points for The International while Minors offered just 500. This was a clear statement from Valve. In effect, only Majors and a real significance and everything else existed just to separate the winners from the losers. A total of just five Major events would decide the teams that got direct invitations to The International. And unlike the previous season, 12 such teams would receive invitations instead of 8. The remaining 6 ticket winners were to be decided in qualifiers.
DPC has six official regions: North America, South America, China, Southeast Asia, CIS, and Europe. Each of these regions has Open Qualifiers and Regional Qualifiers for every single DPC event. Furthermore, they all have Open Qualifiers and Regional Qualifiers for The International.
Dota Pro Circuit 2019-2020 is the third edition of DPC. So far, a number of tournaments and qualifiers have been played. Among them are the following: MDL Chengdu Major, DOTA Summit 11 and WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020. The next events in line for the remainder of Dota Pro Circuit 2019-2020 are DreamLeague Season 13, ESL One Lost Angeles 2020, EPICENTER Major 2020, ONE Esports Singapore Major 2020, and of course, The International 2020. Each of these events will provide numerous Dota 2 betting opportunities, so you should definitely watch them. One way to keep track of what’s going on is by using the Dota Pro Circuit app.
Dota Pro Circuit 2019-2020 follows almost the same structure as the previous edition. The most significant difference for this year is the merging of qualifiers. Now, only one qualifier per region is played for each pair of Minor and Major events. This qualifier offers a small number of qualification points, so that the teams get better differentiated for subsequent regional qualifiers.
Dota Pro Circuit Predictions
When it comes to Dota Pro Circuit predictions for the ongoing Dota Pro Circuit 2019-2020, the most obvious choices are TNC Predator, Team Secret, Team Liquid, Vici Gaming, Invictus Gaming, and Evil Geniuses. These are the main favorites and in all probability, one of them will finish first not only in the Dota Pro Circuit rankings, but also at The International 2020.
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Dota Pro Circuit Rankings
The current situation in the Dota Pro Circuit Team Standings is quite unusual, mainly because there’s only been one Major so far and many of the big teams missed it for various reasons.
- 1st place: TNC Predator: 4850 points
- 2nd place: Vici Gaming: 3000 points
- 3rd place: Invictus Gaming: 2240 points
- 4th place: Evil Geniuses: 1350 points
- 5th place: Team Liquid: 900 points
- 5th place: J.Storm: 900 points
- 7th place: Alliance: 450 points
- 7th place: beastcoast: 450 points
- 9th place: Fighting PandaS: 250 points
- 10th place: Gambit Esports: 190 points
Of course, these are the temporary top 12 teams. The situation is likely to change as soon as the DreamLeague Season 13 Major concludes. The likes of Team Secret, Nigma Esports, PSG.LGD, Virtus.pro and OG have yet to enter the race.
(Last updated 21st Jan)