The Pro Circuit
In June 2018 Valve announced The Dota Pro Circuit 2018-19. Following The International 2018, Majors and Minors will be held in pairs and the qualifiers for each will be held in exclusively scheduled windows, with 5 Majors and Minors each planned throughout the season.
“Minors are a feeder to the Major
The winner of a Dota 2 minor will receive a direct invite to the upcoming Major. Major has a drastic increase in the prize pool as well as the DPC points up for grabs. Therefore this gives an opportunity to the winners of the Dota 2 minor to earn DPC points and/or more money.” – You can read more about the new Pro Circuit in the article written by our colleague Rohan HERE.
The first official event of the new Pro Circuit will be DreamLeague Season 10. As usual, the tournament will be held by DreamHack in Stockholm, Sweden from October 29 to November 4. Eight teams will be competing for the $300,000 prize pool as well as 500 DPC points. However, probably the biggest prize here will be the direct invite for the upcoming Kuala Lumpur Major – it will be given to the winner of this event.
Due to the new rules that were implemented by Valve, the teams that are taking part in the Kuala Lumpur Major are unable to participate in this Minor. This makes the tournament a little bit less exciting, mainly because the “better” teams will be playing in the other event. Nevertheless, this is the first event of the new Pro Circuit so it will definitely be worth watching.
Eight teams in total will be taking part in this tournament. They had to go through regional qualifiers in order to secure their spot in the event. There are two teams from Europe and North America and one team from CIS, China, SEA and South America.
• EU qualifier – The Final Tribe, Team Lithium
• NA qualifier – compLexity Gaming, ROOONS
• CIS qualifier – Na’Vi
• China qualifier – Royal Never Give Up
• SEA qualifier – Tigers
• South America qualifier – Infamous
As usual, all matches will be played in a Bo3 format while the Grand Final itself will be Bo5. Having that $300,000 prize pool, 500 DPC Points and a direct qualifier for the Major, this event could provide some awesome chances of betting for your favourite team. Make sure to follow our prediction page and check the best odds that you can get!
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Team Lithium is fairly new to the scene, however, the players in the team have been around for some time now. Team Lithium are playing in this event, because Team Liquid decided to withdraw from the event.
However, we have seen in several games now that this team surely has what it takes in order to take on the best teams in the world right now. They also have a really good opportunity to shine, because should they win this Minor, they will have the chance to compete in the upcoming Major just few days after that.
Considering the current state of the other teams, we believe that Team Lithium is probably the “favorite” in this event. Make sure to check the odds for them, because they might turn out to be a good betting option.
Complexity is one of the most interesting teams in this event. They have went through a big change in the team shuffle after TI 8, which led to the addition of EternalEnvy to their roster.
The team had a lot of problems in the past, most notably after the departure of Kyle. They just could not find a decent replacement for their long-term player, which in the end resulted in missing TI 8.
If compLexity manages to work out their current roster they could become a threat for the other top teams right now. However, only time will tell if they have what it takes to become one of the best NA teams yet again.
Formerly known as TNC Tigers, the team departed the organization in September of 2018. The squad features some very well known players such as Moonmeander for example, who was one of the best offlaner players at some last year.
In the last couple of months, the SEA region has becoming more and more competitive. Many new teams have emerged and are now on pair with the other top teams in the world. That’s why we believe that Tigers have a very good chance in this event. A top three finish is very likely.
As we have said, DreamLeague Season 10 will be the first event of the new Pro Circuit. That’s why, despite being a Minor, the event will definitely attract a lot of attention.
Taking into account the previous DreamLeague tournaments, it’s highly likely that there won’t be a Group Stage. Instead, the tournament will probably start immediately with a double-elimination bracket. This means that you if you follow the games closely, you can make some good profit from the games.
Our advice will be to watch the first few games of the event and see how each team performs. After that, choose the one that you believe in and may the luck be with you!