Dota Pro Circuit 2021 » Predictions, Betting guide and DPC Favorites
The Dota Pro Circuit is the highest level of Dota 2 competition that ranks teams for placements toward Valve-sponsored tournaments. The top teams in the rankings earn invites to Valve’s sanctions Dota 2 Majors and The International. The DPC Rankings were first established after The International 2017.
The 2021 season saw a change to the standardized Dota Pro Circuit system to accommodate for cancelled 2020 DPC season due to the global pandemic. Teams had to go through regional qualifiers to earn a spot in the new system.
With DPC open qualifiers concluded, it’s time to break down how the Dota Pro Circuit 2021 season will look like and what betting options are available for you. Additionally, our Dota 2 news section is getting bi-weekly updates on the best odds and betting slips out there. But before you go ahead and place your first bets, here’s all you need to know about betting on the Dota 2 Pro Circuit 2021.
Valve first announced the Dota Pro Circuit system during the 2017 season. announced significant changes to the Major Championship circuit. The idea behind the system was to replace direct invites for The International with a qualifying circuit organized by third-party tournament organizers. Each tournament holder would receive a $500,000 USD prize bonus pool from Valve for holding the event.
During the first season (2017-2018) a total of 22 events were held. The initial number of events was deemed too heavy and taxing on the teams, and in the following season (2018-19), Valve lowered the tournament cap to only 5 majors and 5 minors for each season. Additionally, events will be held in pairs with qualifiers determining the Major then Minor participants. The 2020 season continued with the same trajectory until it was cut short due to the pandemic.
For the most part, the Dota Pro Circuit’s goal remained unswayed when it comes to determining the invitees for the Internationals. Since its introduction in 2017, different teams have held the title of DPC champions. Coincidentally, neither of these teams won TI as the highest ranked team in the rankings. Team Secret (former DPC 2019 champ), Virtus.pro (former DPC 2018 champ), and most recently, TNC Predator have all failed to unify a DPC and a TI crown. The achievement is yet to be achieved by a team.
For the 2021 season, Valve decided to revamp how their tournaments worked and opted for regional leagues to nurture the amateur scene with the Lower Division bracket while still keeping the tier-S teams occupied with Upper Division and majors. Previously, many teams that didn’t make the cut in DPC found it challenging to maintain finances to polish their crafts. It almost felt like there was a heavy monopoly of the DPC, reserved for only professional Esports orgs and teams.
Tournament Overview, Format & Schedule 2021
The Dota Pro Circuit 2021 is a massive campaign comprised of six regional leagues. Regions include Europe, China, Southeast Asia, CIS, North and South America. For the next six weeks, teams will play single round-robin best-of-three series to determine their ranking among their regional opponents.
While the prize pool is evenly distributed among the participants, the grand prize is the tickets to the last Dota 2 major of the season before the much-awaited International 10. The top three or four (Europe, China, and SEA) teams will earn themselves a spot in the major.
As the name suggests, the Dota 2 Pro Circuit schedule will depend on a region’s respective time zone. Last week, the DPC open qualifiers were quite the celebration as teams flock for their last shot at the DPC 2021. We will soon cover the sixteen qualified DPC 2021 Season 2 teams from both upper and lower division brackets of every region here.
Now, it will be a hassle to keep track of the daily matches from every region but fret not. We got you covered in tracking the entire Dota Pro Circuit 2021 season with schedules and predictions and what the best Esports bookmakers has to offer.
DPC Favorites in 2021
Last season, the European powerhouses were fan favorites heading into the Singapore Major 2021. However, there are new champions in town, and they are the best that China has got to offer. Invictus Gaming left the crowd in awe after pulling off a reverse-sweep against Evil Geniuses during the grand finals. Besides IG, PSG.LGD also made a commendable run by placing third, falling only to their Chinese brethren. This just goes to show that much has shifted in terms of power gap between these giants.
Evil Geniuses, on the other hand, held their own by being North America’s most celebrated team in the major. Sporting a multi-national line-up, Abed Azel L. Yusop and Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang have quickly become iconic duos as the team’s arsenal. Meanwhile, EU had a blunderful run for all their teams, with Team Secret securing a mere fourth place. The rest of their pack, Team Liquid, Alliance, and Nigma suffered worse fates, and were definitely not up to par. Nevertheless, there’s still high hopes for EU as team OG teased their fifth anonymous player. Fans expect Anathan “ana” Pham to complete the roster once more, but we will have to wait until official news surfaces.
Over at CIS, Virtus.pro ended their Singapore Major run with a rather dissappointing shortcoming. Despite being a tier-1 team, they were quickly eliminated at eighth place, with nothing to show for. Natus Vincere unfortunately couldn’t even attend the major due to having multiple players catching the coronavirus. Yet, there is a roster change, that is Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev to make the cut for this season.
Last but not least, Southeast Asia and South America too made a splash but in a positive way. Both Neon Esports and Thunder Predator gave us the underdog run we deserved, where they outwitted heavy favorites to secure a top-five finish. All said and done, China has left a mark after the Singapore Major 2021 as a terrifying threat to their rivals. Whether it’s Team Secret, OG, and Evil Geniuses to name a few.
All said and done, the second season will have new competitors that qualified from the first season’s Lower Division bracket. Fun fact, IG barely made it into the Upper Division last season, making their DPC 2021 journey even more meaningful as a new entry into the DPC season.
Dota 2 DPC 2021 Betting Tips
Our page would not be complete without offering you a complete betting guide to maximize your returns on Dota 2 betting. This year’s Dota 2 pro circuit schedule allows for some interesting betting opportunities that would not be available under normal circumstances.
For your regular bets and how to bet on Dota 2, our general Dota 2 betting guide should prove sufficient to get you started. Several providers offer an additional esports bonus during the DPC season and the start of the esports season overall. Additionally, offers like esports cashback at providers like GG.bet provide additional incentives to place bets on your favorite teams.
Now lets move on to the Dota Pro Circuit prediction section and how recent changes affect betting opportunities.
Recent DPC changes affecting betting opportunities
The new DPC system allows for a great number of betting scenarios and different markets to explore. Having six regions play simultaneously means there is at least five or more matches played daily for you create accumulator or systems bets on. In-play and exotics are also available on most matches as these are high profile events offering the full scope of betting markets.
Esports betting odds are also fairly high in the opening stages. This means you can get a fairly solid return on investment and build your bankroll in the early stages of the DPC season. Additionally, having both an upper and lower division means you are likely getting double the action almost daily with both the premier and amateur level teams competing at the same time.
Lets take a look at the potential returns on a betslip you can make even if you only select the outright favorites.
Even a five-fold bet could net you a potential 7.24x fold return on your bet on Upper division selections spanning a single day. Considering the amount of matches available at any single moment there is enough potential to cover your bets with singles and accumulators and protect your investment while building a bankroll.
In the end, remember that our news section will feature several Dota Pro Circuit prediction picks weekly that you can fully utilize to your gain.
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