DPC 2021 Season 1 China; Who is headed to Singapore Major?

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

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The DPC 2021 Season 1 league place just concluded in China. iG, Team Aster, ViCi Gaming, and PSG.LGD are all headed to the Singapore Major. 

Approximately two weeks after the NA, SA, EU, CIS and SEA concluded the DPC Season 1 league play, China has finally ended theirs. 

It could be argued that the results in China mostly played out as expected. After all, Team Aster, ViCi Gaming, and PSG.LGD were all directly invited to participate in the league and they all landed a spot somewhere at the Singapore Major.

Though none of those teams clinched the playoff spot. And most can argue no one expected a team that barely made it into the upper-division from the closed qualifier would be the one representing China in the playoffs. 

Although Invictus Gaming assumed the last spot for the upper-division, they came out of the gate swinging and didn't drop a series until the last week of gameplay, taking a 2:0 hit from Team Aster. 

Interestingly enough, it was a 2:0 sweep from iG over Team Aster that also gave them the first seed and playoff spot, marking a thrilling end to an unexpected run. 

Elephant's stumble and EHOME's average run will keep them in the upper-division for next season but they will have to retool their strategies and possibly be looking at some roster changes. 

Meanwhile, Sparkling Arrow Gaming and RNG will have a chance to prove themselves and earn some DPC points next season as they advance from the lower-division. 

Major Slots

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

EU: Top 4 (2 to wildcard)

  • Team Secret (playoffs)
  • Alliance (group stage)
  • Team Nigma (Wild Card)
  • Team Liquid (Wild Card)

China: Top 4 (2 to wildcard)

  • Invictus Gaming (playoffs)
  • Team Aster (group stage)
  • ViCi Gaming (Wild Card)
  • PSG.LGD (Wild Card)

SEA: Top 3 (1 to wildcard)

  • Fnatic (playoffs)
  • Neon Esports (group stage)
  • T1 (Wild Card)

CIS: Top 3 (1 to wildcard)

  • Virtus.pro (playoffs)
  • Na'Vi (group stage)
  • AS Monaco Gambit (Wild Card)

NA: Top 2

  • Evil Geniuses (playoffs)
  • Quincy Crew (group stage)

SA: Top 2

  • beastcoast (playoffs)
  • Thunder Predator (group stage)

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, the One Stop Shop; DPC 2021 Season 1 guide, the halfway point status, and the upcoming Singapore Major details


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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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