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Plans for 2021 Dota Pro Circuit Released

11:01 AM January 01, 2021

The Dota Pro Circuit will finally be back in action on the 18th of January and will consist of two seasons that will culminate in The International 10 in Stockholm.

Each season will be comprised of a six-week league that caps off with a Major. The regional leagues and majors are scheduled as follows:

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Season 1: January 18th – February 28th. (March 14th for China with a break in the middle)
Major 1: March 25th – April 4th

Season 2: April 13th – May 23rd
Major 2: June 2nd – June 13th

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Given the numerous roster changes that took place throughout the year, DPC points from the previous season will not be used as a basis for seedings in the regional leagues. Instead, only the top four teams in “best form” from each region will earn direct qualification to the Upper Division while all the other aspiring teams will have to go through a series of closed and open qualifiers to earn their places.

At the end of the season, the top teams from each regional league will qualify for the first Major. The distribution of the 18 slots is as follows:

EU: Top 4
China: Top 4
SEA: Top 3
CIS: Top 3
NA: Top 2
SA: Top 2

The bottom two teams of the Upper Division from each region will be relegated to the Lower Division, while the top two teams of the Lower Division will be promoted. The bottom two teams of the Lower Division will be eliminated from the league and open qualifiers will determine which two teams will take their spots.

After taking feedback from players and fans into consideration, the proposed schedules for the regional leagues are as follows:

Times are set to Pacific Time

The regional leagues will be handled by the following tournament organizers:

Europe: Dreamhack
CIS: ESL
China: Perfect World
SEA: PGL
NA: BTS
SA: Dotapit

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Details regarding qualifiers coverage, broadcast schedules, and talent information will be released in the coming days.

An update scheduled for later in the month will have the DPC circuit integrated into the game client. Not only will it come with standings, schedules, and tournament information, but it will also allow fans to support their favorite teams by purchasing seasonal Fan Support Bundles.

The full announcement on the new DPC season can be found here, with answers to frequently asked questions available here.

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