Expansion frenzy in Dota 2 during Dota Pro Circuit 2021
Two weeks into the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) 2021, several teams have finally gotten an official team name and organization to represent em. Dota 2 Esports has suffered a steep fall in sponsors and investors since the previous DPC 2020 was halted. Securing an org is probably the next best thing for the talented stacks of players.
Here’s a breakdown of the latest roster and organization signings this past few weeks.
The Swedish Chicken Fighter
Formerly known as Chicken Fighters, the Swedish squad is no stranger to the amateur scene. While players have come and gone from this team of all-stars, Ondřej “Supream^” Štarha remained the last remnant of the year 2019 roster. This year, Chicken Fighters revamped their roster yet again, adding several notable figures.
Their journey to qualify for the Upper Division eventually paid off after barely closing the gap against Hellbear Smashers. With that, they now play alongside Europe’s strongest powerhouses in the hopes of securing their tickets to the upcoming major. Renowned Esports org, High Coast Esports took the opportunity to expand into the Dota 2 genre, starting with the Chicken Fighters squad.
The time has come. We're proud to announce our @DOTA2 roster. You'll catch us on the 23rd, battling it out in Dreamleague's EU Division 1 over at @DreamHackDota!
🇫🇮 @okcyadota – Coach pic.twitter.com/yDzoJdDIqh
— High Coast Esports (@HighCoastES) January 20, 2021
Unfortunately, they were off to a sloppy start as they are down with three consecutive losses. They will need to quickly pick up the pace, else they will be ending their DPC run with a miserable last-place finish.
Mudgolems enter the tundra
Another team to secure an official team name is mudgolems, signed under Tundra Esports.
Mudgolems had their fair share of ups and downs last season. However, what makes this team stand out among the non-powerhouses is their players, who are mostly veterans.
Adrian “Fata” Trinks and Neta “33” Shapira are high-profile veterans with plenty of Dota 2 history to their names. We expect a lot from this team at DPC 2021, especially after their decent showings at OGA PIT S4 and BTS Pro Series S3.
Tundra Esports is the only participant to have played a series versus OG and Team Secret in the initial two weeks of DPC 2021. Both series ended with a loss, but they did manage to snatch a game off both series.
2021 will be a major year for our club. Today, we are excited to announce our expansion into @DOTA2!
— Tundra Esports (@TundraEsports_) January 25, 2021
What a Unique CIS team
Over at the CIS region, Team Unique signed the NoPangolier stack to get a piece of the DPC action. Team Unique has had an unsuccessful run throughout last season, so hopefully, this can be the brand’s restart for the DPC 2021. On paper, the Russian players are mostly familiar faces, but the CIS competitive scene has bloomed greatly with new challengers in town.
Virtus.pro, the proclaimed Major Kings, have returned to their rightful throne as CIS’s strongest. Natus Vincere disagree and are challenging VP for the throne. The CIS stage is set, so how does a a new roster even compete in this environment. For Unique it will be an uphill climb all the way to the top.
They are off to a zero-and-two start in their journey, but hope to rebound against favorites Virtus.Pro in Week 3.
As worthy Dota 2 teams are finally gaining proper grounds with their run in DPC 2021, let’s hope that more teams gain new sponsors or orgs. One particular squad that hasn’t got one yet is NoTechies, a CIS team featuring Alexey “Solo” Berezin and many prominent Dota 2 players.
After all, these teams will certainly appreciate the financial stability that comes with playing under an Esports org. Now they can focus on polishing their craft.