The new year brings a new season of Dota 2 for fans worldwide to enjoy. Every year each of the teams hoping to qualify for The International must play in three Dota 2’s Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) regional tours.
As with all esports, Dota 2 is divided into several regions. While IT is generally heavily involved in Europe, a couple of top-tier teams recently moved their roster to the emerging region of South America.
DIVISION 1 VS. DIVISION 2 IN DOTA 2 DPC TOURS
Dota 2’s DPC tracks are divided into Division 1 and Division 2. In each division, eight teams participate and fight to earn enough DPC points to make it to the Major and The International.
To qualify for Division 2, teams must win the open and closed qualifiers. This, of course, is much easier said than done.
On DPC tour 1, several familiar faces will be present, such as Johan “N0tail” Sundstein, Sebastien “Ceb” Debs, and Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen. All three former OG players have officially registered for the “Old G” team. The TI veterans have come out of retirement for another run, but they can’t go straight to Division 1!
The top two teams from Division 2 will swap with the bottom two teams from Division 1 to participate in the Dota 2 DPC tour 2.
In Europe, there are two leagues, one for the eastern region and one for the western region. Europe has won IT the last five times in a row as the number one region.
The latest winners, Tundra Esports, have been sharing in Division 1 of the Europa leagues for several years.
Since TI 11, there has been a kind of departure in the North. Since EG moved its roster to South America, there has been a massive void in the league. That translates as more room for new talent.
South America, however, proved to hold the biggest surprises in recent Dota 2 DPC tours. Both beastcoast and Thunder Awaken made an appearance at Majors and TI.
Its something exciting to see how the new dynamic works with EG and the former European team Alliance.
CHINA AND SEA
Asian regions have always been influential in Dota 2. For example, Chinese teams have made it to several TI Finals in recent years.
However, there have frequently been some changes in the regional leaders of PSG.LGD. In addition to the abrupt departure of the T1 lineup, fans can also expect to see a different Dota 2 landscape in SEA.