Dota Pro Circuit 2021

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Starting with this season, Valve has once again reworked the Dota Pro Circuit.[1] Regional Leagues replace the Minors, from which the Major participants are determined. This competitive Dota year is divided into two seasons, each punctuated by a Major. Thus the number of Majors is reduced to two.[2]

Roster locks are implemented from the start of each season until the end of the respective Major. Transfer periods start after the Major and before the next season begins, but each roster change incurs a 15% penalty on current points. Stand-ins may be used for up to four matches in the league as long as that stand-in is either competing in a lower division or not competing in a league at all.

The format for the Majors is also overhauled. They now feature 18 teams, with the following slot allocation:

  • Four teams each from Europe and China
  • Three teams each from SEA and CIS
  • Two teams each from North America and South America

The top team from each region directly qualifies for the Playoffs of the Major, while the second team qualifies for the Group Stage. A further six teams (two each from EU and CN plus one each from SEA and CIS) participate in the Wild Card stage.

As in the previous year, the top twelve teams by DPC points are directly qualified for The International 10. The remaining teams have a last chance to qualify through the regional qualifiers. For the first time since The International 2014, there will not be any Open Qualifier.

Format[edit]

Regional League[edit]

Each of the six regions will feature a Regional League, divided into an upper and a lower division of eight teams each. Each league lasts for six weeks and throughout the year. At the end of each league, the bottom two teams of the upper division are relegated to the lower division, while the top two teams of the lower division are promoted to the upper division. The bottom two teams of the lower division are relegated from the league and replaced winners of the open qualifier. All other teams retain their position for the following season.

Valve will not be using previous season’s DPC points as a way to seed teams into the leagues but rather selecting the top 4 teams in best form from each region to be directly qualified to the Upper division, with remaining spots to be filled by closed and open qualifier. Only teams with at least three players residing in the region are eligible to play in that region's league.

The six regional leagues will be operated by the following tournament organizers:

Region Organizer
Europe Dreamhack
CIS ESL
China Perfect World
SEA PGL
NA BTS
SA OGA

Both upper and lower divisions receive prize money: a total of $280,000 USD can be earned by every league each season. The top five teams of the upper division can also earn DPC points from a total of 1150 points. The prize pool and DPC points are spread as follows:

Upper Division
Place Prize DPC Pts Seed
1 30,000 USD 500 Qualifies to the Major Playoffs
2 28,000 USD 300 Qualifies to the Major Group Stage
3 27,000 USD 200 Qualifies to the Major Wild Card Stage1
4 26,000 USD 100 Qualifies to the Major Wild Card Stage2
5 25,000 USD 50 Remain in Upper Division
6 24,000 USD 0 Remain in Upper Division
7 23,000 USD 0 Relegated to Lower Division
8 22,000 USD 0 Relegated to Lower Division
Lower Division
Place Prize Seed
1 17,000 USD Promoted to Upper Division
2 16,000 USD Promoted to Upper Division
3 15,000 USD Remain in Lower Division
4 11,000 USD Remain in Lower Division
5 9,000 USD Remain in Lower Division
6 7,000 USD Remain in Lower Division
7 0 USD Eliminated from Lower Division3
8 0 USD Eliminated from Lower Division3
1 Only EU, CN, SEA and CIS
2 Only EU and CN
3 Replaced by an Open Qualifiers Team

Majors[edit]

  • Teams
    • Majors feature 18 teams from among the six regions
  • Wild Card
    • Six teams
    • Bo2 round robin
    • Top two teams advance to the Group Stage
    • Bottom four teams are eliminated
  • Group Stage
    • Eight teams
    • Bo2 round robin
    • Top two teams advance to the Upper Bracket of the Playoffs
    • 3rd to 6th placed teams advance to the Lower Bracket of the Playoffs
    • Bottom two teams are eliminated
  • Playoffs
    • Twelve teams, Double Elimination bracket
    • Four teams start in the Lower Bracket
    • Eight teams start in the Upper Bracket

Majors award $500,000 USD and 2,700 DPC points among the top eight teams as follows:

Place Prize DPC Pts
1 200,000 USD 500
2 100,000 USD 450
3 75,000 USD 400
4 50,000 USD 350
5-6 25,000 USD 300
7-8 12,500 USD 200

Tournaments[edit]

Color Key Total QP
Major Championship 5,400
Regional Leagues 13,800
Total Points 19,200
S   Tournament
Date
Prize
Points
P#
Location
Winner
Runner-up
Jan 18 - Mar 01, 2021
$75,000
 
8 teams
Europe Europe
Jan 18 - Feb 26, 2021
$75,000
 
8 teams
CIS CIS
  PC
Jan 18 - Mar 12, 2021
$75,000
 
8 teams
China Shanghai, China
  SAG
  RNG
Jan 18 - Feb 27, 2021
$75,000
 
8 teams
North America North America
  sT
  Cut
Jan 18 - Feb 25, 2021
$75,000
 
8 teams
South East Asia Southeast Asia
Jan 18 - Feb 26, 2021
$75,000
 
8 teams
South America South America
  HKR
Jan 19 - Feb 28, 2021
$205,000
1,150
8 teams
Europe Europe
  [A]
Jan 19 - Mar 14, 2021
$205,000
1,150
8 teams
China Shanghai, China
  iG
Jan 19 - Feb 28, 2021
$205,000
1,150
8 teams
North America North America
  EG
  QC
Jan 20 - Feb 27, 2021
$205,000
1,150
8 teams
South East Asia Southeast Asia
  Neon
Jan 20 - Feb 26, 2021
$205,000
1,150
8 teams
South America South America
  bc
  TP
Jan 21 - Feb 28, 2021
$205,000
1,150
8 teams
CIS CIS
  VP
Mar 27 - Apr 04, 2021
$500,000
2,700
16 teams
Singapore Singapore
  iG
  EG
Apr 12 - May 23, 2021
$75,000
 
8 teams
China China
  TBD
  TBD
Apr 12 - May 22, 2021
$75,000
 
8 teams
North America North America
  TBD
  TBD
Apr 12 - May 20, 2021
$75,000
 
8 teams
South East Asia Southeast Asia
  SMG
Apr 12 - May 20, 2021
$75,000
 
8 teams
South America South America
  TBD
  TBD
Apr 13 - May 23, 2021
$205,000
1,150
8 teams
China Shanghai, China
  TBD
  TBD
Apr 13 - May 19, 2021
$75,000
 
8 teams
Europe Europe
Apr 13 - May 19, 2021
$205,000
1,150
8 teams
Europe Europe
  [A]
  TBD
Apr 13 - May 20, 2021
$205,000
1,150
8 teams
North America North America
  TBD
  TBD
Apr 14 - May 20, 2021
$205,000
1,150
8 teams
South East Asia Southeast Asia
  TBD
  TBD
Apr 14 - May 21, 2021
$205,000
1,150
8 teams
South America South America
  TBD
  TBD
Apr 15 - May 21, 2021
$205,000
1,150
8 teams
CIS CIS
  TBD
  TBD
Apr 15 - May 21, 2021
$75,000
 
8 teams
CIS CIS
  HR
  TBD
Aug 05 - 15, 2021
$40,018,195
 
18 teams
Sweden Stockholm, Sweden
  TBD
  TBD

See also[edit]

External Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Dota Team (2020-02-25). "Introducing Regional Leagues". Valve. Archived from the original on 2021-02-21. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  2. Dota Team (2020-12-31). "The 2021 Dota Pro Circuit". Valve. Archived from the original on 2021-02-21. Retrieved 2021-01-01.