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Some of the biggest winners and losers of DPC 2021-22 Spring Tour

Dota 2 Cristy “Pandoradota2” Ramadani

The DPC 2021-22 Spring Tour is over which means some teams came out with some big wins and others with some big disappointments. 

"You win some and you lose some" as the saying goes.

As always the end of the season brings about a mixed bag of emotions for teams and fans alike. 

The DPC 2021-22 Spring Tour is no different, but it does perhaps feel very different. Teams that were able to clinch a spot at the ESL One Stockholm Major not only have a chance at securing a hefty amount of DPC points that will earn them a spot at The International, they will also have a chance to play at the first MAJOR LAN with an audience in approximately two years. 

Teams that have been promoted to Division I will still have a shot at one more Major and earning points while the teams that were relegated to Division II will need to play out a season that will only provide them with an opportunity to be invited to the qualifiers for The International 2022. 

Here's a look at how the winners and losers turned out. 

ESL One Stockholm Major 

The ESL ONe Stockholm Major is just a few weeks away. While EEU has not had a chance to compete in the regional league play, as Valve had postponed the DPC for Eastern Europe indefinitely due to the war in Ukraine, there are still three spots allocated to the region. Rumors are rampant that there will be some type of finals for teams from the region to compete in and there is expected to be some representation for the region. No details or official information has been released yet though. 

Teams bound for ESL One Stockholm Major 

ESL One Stockholm Major 

ESL One Stockholm Major is set to unfold May 12-22 at Hovet Arena and is not just the first Major of the year, but also the first LAN tournament for Dota 2 that will welcome a live audience in more than two years. 

Regional League Play 

Among the biggest surprises in the league division play this season was perhaps none other than Nigma Galaxy being sent to Division II by Team Liquid —well, Liquid's win was the nail in the coffin for them at least. The TI7 championship team will now need to play the season in order to be able to compete in the qualifiers for The International 2022. 

In good news though, Goonsquad was promoted to Division I with a clean 7:0 record. Talon Esports will finally get their chance to shine in Division I and Alliance are back in action for the final league play.  All three teams will now be able to aim for a place in the last Major. 

Summer Tour 2022 

  • Regional Leagues total DPC points: 1,150
  • Major total DPC points: 4,570

Division I

Those teams in Division I will be fighting for a spot at the last Major of the competitive year, and a share of the 1,150 DPC points and $205,000. Only the top five teams from Division I will earn DPC points. 

Teams Promoted to Division I 

Division II

Division II has a total prize pool of $75,000 and no DPC points to offer. 

Teams Relegated to Division II 

PGL Dota 2 Major Arlington 2022

PGL Dota 2 Major Arlington 2022 will take place between August 4 and 14 with a total of 18 teams fighting for a share of the $500,000 prize pool and the last shot at securing the much-needed Dota Pro Circuit points to lock themselves a spot at The International 2022.

The International qualifiers

At the end of the third tour, the top twelve teams by DPC points are directly qualified for The International 2022.

The remaining spots will be decided through regional qualifiers. All teams that participated in the third tour of the regional leagues have a chance to qualify through the regional qualifiers provided that they do not replace more than two players from their third tour's roster. As in the previous season, there will not be any Open Qualifiers. However, all Regional Leagues will have an Open Qualifier tournament for their Division II spots meaning that the third tour's open qualifiers will essentially act as TI Open Qualifiers.

In addition, on 22nd January 2022, it was announced that the second and third-place teams from each region's qualifiers will compete in a wildcard LAN event prior to The International to decide the final two qualification spots - thus expanding The International 2022 from 18 to 20 teams.


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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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