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The race is on; EU and SEA heats up DPC 2021 Season 1

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

The last week of the DPC 2021 Season 1 is upon us and things are intense in the EU and SEA regions. 

It is the last week of the DPC 20201 Season 1 for almost all of the regions (China having one more week due to an 'off week' to celebrate Chinese New Year). And that means it is make or break time for some teams. 

So far, only Team Secret has locked in their spot at the upcoming Singapore Major. Some teams have already been relegated to the lower brackets. But the majority of teams need to pull up their big boy pants this week as the pressure mounts. 

In Europe AllianceOGTeam Nigma, and Team Liquid are neck and neck, but only three of these top contenders will be able to book flights to Singapore. And of those three, only one will be guaranteed a spot in the Major, with the other two fighting their way in the Wild Card Series. 

But let's not count Tundra Esports out just yet. Although they won't be playing this week, sitting from the sidelines, losses for Team Liquid, OG, or Nigma could land them in a position for tie-breakers and to keep their Major dreams alive. With OG playing vs Secret and Team Liquid playing against Alliance, that could very well be a reality. 

Meanwhile, moving further East, SEA is also a hotbed of Major contention right now. No teams have clinched a spot at the first Major just yet and there, they have only three spots up for grabs -- one being the Wild Card spot.

Neon might have slipped a bit from the first place position, but the sitting in second place. If they can beat T1 and Fnatic can overwhelm TNC Predator, they will be headed to the Group Stage, defying the SEA predictions and narrative from six weeks ago. 

The third-place spot is heavy on the line with, like in Europe, teams who are not even competing this week still having a shot at tie-breaker games for Major dreams. 

Get ready for a week of high tensions, greater intensity, and potentially thrilling storylines in Europe and SEA. 

Games to watch this week

Europe

February 23rd 

  • Team Liquid vs Alliance 21 CET

February 24th 

  • OG vs Team Secret 18 CET

SEA

February 24th 

  • Fnatic vs TNC 12:00 CET

February 25th 

  • Neon vs T1 12:00 CET

Upper Division Standings (week 6)

Europe

Round-robin
1. Team Secret 6-0 12-2
2. Alliance 4-2 10-6
3. Team Liquid 3-3 7-7
3. Team Nigma 3-3 8-8
5. OG 3-3 8-9
6. Tundra Esports 3-4 9-9
7. Vikin.gg 2-5 6-12
8. High Coast Esports 1-5 3-10

 

SEA 

Round-robin
1. Fnatic 5-1 11-3
2. Neon Esports 5-1 11-5
3. TNC Predator 4-2 9-5
4. T1 4-2 9-6
5. BOOM Esports 4-3 9-8
6. 496 Gaming 1-5 5-10
6. Execration 1-5 4-10
8. Vice Esports 1-6 2-13

Major Slots

At the end of the league, the top teams from each region’s upper-division will qualify to the Major. For the first major, the distribution of the 18 slots will be as follows:

EU: Top 4 (2 to wildcard)
China: Top 4 (2 to wildcard)
SEA: Top 3 (1 to wildcard)
CIS: Top 3 (1 to wildcard)
NA: Top 2
SA: Top 2

Singapore Major Format

  • 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

Singapore Major Prize Pool and DPC Point Distribution 

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

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


Head over to our Hub for match info and our One Stop Shop; DPC 2021 Season 1 guide to get all the info on what is to come in the last week and how the upper divisions faired by the halfway point HERE.

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Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani
Pandora is a behind the scenes Dota 2 professional Jack of All Trades. When not busy with Dota 2 work, she is out trying to save the world or baking cupcakes. Follow her on Twitter @pandoradota2

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