The Dota Pro Circuit 2019-20 is a series of minor and major tournaments, announced by Valve back in April 2019. This event is in full swing, with some of the competitions having already crowned their winners, while others are scheduled for the remainder of the year. The best teams in the world participate and the Dota Pro Circuit ranking is updated all the time with the latest results.
Valve has brought certain changes to the circuit, by allowing teams to drop players until the last minor tournament begins. Based on their performance in the Dota Pro Circuit 2019-20, they accumulate DPC points that are needed to participate in The International. This is the most important and best paying tournament in the world, so the stakes are as high as they get and each tournament matters.
The participating teams lock horns in minor and major tournaments, each played by slightly different rules. The Majors have to phases, the group stage and the elimination round which consists of upper and lower brackets. Punters can find Dota Pro Circuit predictions for both these stages and place ante-post wagers, or get involved in live Dota 2 betting. All the games are played in a best-of-three format, with the exception of the finals which are best of five.
Dota Pro Circuit predictions can also simplify the mission of players interested in betting on the Minors. These events also start with a group stage and the top two teams advance to the playoffs. During this stage of the competition matches are played in a best-of-three, double elimination format. Finals can require up to nine matches to determine a winner and provide ideal opportunities to the fans of live esports betting.
The circuit has a total of seven Minors and Majors and three of them have already crowned their winners. Based on these results, Valve establishes the provisional Dota Pro Circuit ranking, which highlights the frontrunners for The International. The first tournament in the series is the DOTA Summit 11, a four-day affair with a guaranteed prize pool of $300,000. 660 DPC are up for grabs in the competition taking place in Los Angeles and in 2019, Invictus Gaming swept Chaos in the grand final.
2019 concluded on a promising note with the MDL Chengdu Major, a tournament with a $1 million prize pool. The Dota Pro Circuit predictions were largely contradicted by TNC’s win over VC in a final match that required only 4 games. For their performance in Chengdu, the winners awarded $300,000 and nearly 5000 DPCs. This is the maximum sum of money and circuit points that can be won in a Dota 2 Majors.
WePlay Bukovel Minor 2020 is a tournament of much lower magnitude, but it still awarded a combined $300,000 and 660 points. It provided Dota 2 teams with the perfect opportunity to start the New Year on a positive note and improve their position in the Dota Pro Circuit ranking. Nigma made the most of this chance by defeating RNG in the final, after barely surviving a highly competitive group stage.
The first real challenge for professional Dota 2 teams in 2020, the Dream League Season 13 takes place in the German city of Leipzig. It lasts a bit over one week, starting on January 18 and it has a prize pool of $1 million and 15,000 DPC. Team Secret are the favorites according to most Dota Pro Circuit predictions, but Majors are known for producing countless surprises.
Dota 2 teams will have another opportunity to earn some cash and valuable DPC points on March 15, when the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 starts. Over the course of one week, California becomes the capital of MOBA games, as the tournament dishes out a combined $1 million and another 15,000 DPC. Europe, China and North America will have three participating teams, all with good chances to retain the trophy.
On May 2 the EPICENTER Major 2020 is scheduled to start in Moscow. This is one of the few tournaments in the championship where CIS countries rank high in the Dota Pro Circuit predictions. Europeans, Chinese and North American teams will once again top the charts, but local favourites such as Virtus.Pro and Gambit Esports are not to be underestimated.
The One Esports Singapore Major is the final stop before the most anticipated tournament of the year. Hosted by the Asian nation, it will provide participating teams with the final chance to accumulate the coveted DPC points. As many as 15,000 of them can be claimed on this occasion, alongside a tasty chunk of the $1 million prize. The winner of this event will be announced on June 28, one week after it starts.