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DPC WEU 2023 Tour 1: Division I – schedule, preview, full details

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The best region and highly competitive WEU DPC is back with the return of Nigma Galaxy and the formation of Team Secret 2.0.

Many would agree that WEU was the strongest region of 2022. With Tundra Esports taking home The Aegis at The International 2022 (TI11) after an all WEU final, fans will be expecting great things from them in the upcoming DPC season.
Will Tundra once again dominate the scene with their cheesy antics? Is 2023 the year Team Secret will finally come out on top? Is Nigma Galaxy cleaning out of the weeds after two years of missing TI? Find out and keep track of your favorite WEU teams' upcoming matches with full schedule and team preview in this article.

DPC WEU 2023 Tour 1: Division I details

After organizing TI11, PGL returns to take charge of WEU DPC. As usual, a $205,000 USD prize pool is allocated to the first season of this tournament, and the top four teams will earn DPC points and secure a slot in the Dota 2 Major.

DPC WEU 2023 Tour 1: Division I schedule

The WEU DPC for Division I will occur between Jan. 9-29. Here is the schedule (as for now) for the Tour 1 Division I WEU DPC.

WEU DPC DIV I - Week 1

14:00 GMT
17:00 GMT
20:00 GMT
Jan. 9
OG vs Tundra
Liquid vs Secret
Gaimin vs Entity
Jan. 11
Secret vs OG
ITB vs Entity
Nigma vs Tundra
Jan. 13
Secret vs Gaimin
Liquid vs Tundra
Nigma vs ITB
Week 1 of WEU DPC Div 1

WEU DPC DIV I - Week 2

14:00 GMT
17:00 GMT
20:00 GMT
Jan. 16
OG vs Gaimin
Liquid vs Entity
Tundra vs ITB
Jan. 18
Secret vs Entity
Liquid vs ITB
Nigma vs Gaimin
Jan. 20
OG vs ITB
Liquid vs Nigma
Secret vs Tundra
Week 2 of WEU DPC Div 1

WEU DPC DIV I - Week 3

14:00 GMT
17:00 GMT
20:00 GMT
Jan. 23
OG vs Entity
Secret vs ITB
Liquid vs Gaimin
Jan. 25
OG vs Nigma
ITB vs Gaimin
Tundra vs Entity
Jan. 27
Liquid vs OG
Tundra vs Gaimin
Secret vs Nigma
Jan. 29
Nigma vs Entity
Week 3 of WEU DPC Div 1

DPC WEU 2023 Tour 1: Division I team preview

It goes without saying that the competition of WEU region is as tight as it will always be. The eight teams of WEU DPC Division I are as follows: Entity, Gaimin Gladiators, Into The Breach, Nigma Galaxy, OG, Team Liquid, Team Secret and Tundra Esports.

Entity

  • Alimzhan "watson" Islambekov
  • Daniel "Stormstormer" Schoetzau
  • Tobias "Tobi" Buchner
  • Vladislav "Kataomi`" Semenov
  • Dzmitry "Fishman" Palishchuk
Formerly known as Creepwave, Entity rose to the challenge in 2022 and made an incredible journey to TI11 all the way from regional qualifiers, beating the likes of Liquid and Secret. They recently signed watson in place of their former carry Ivan "Pure" Moskalenko and kept the rest of their squad.

Gaimin Gladiators

  • Anton "dyrachyo" Shkredov
  • Quinn "Quinn" Callahan
  • Marcus "Ace" Christensen
  • Erik "tOfu" Engel
  • Melchior "Seleri" Hillenkamp
Gaimin Gladiators, also known as the vegetable brothers for naming their players after produces, is ready to march to the DPC. Like Entity, they had just one small yet significant change to their roster. Introducing Quinn, the second North American player after Sneyking to join one of the most competitive regions. His debut with the team ended with a success when Gaimin Gladiators beat Team Spirit in a clutch 3-2 and won the BetBoom Xmas Show.

Into The Breach

  • Roman "Otaker" Aliullov
  • Ondřej "Supream^" Štarha
  • Andreas "Xibbe" Ragnemalm
  • Aleksandr "Immersion" Khmelevskoi
  • Ivan "Kidaro" Bondarev
Fresh off of Division II, Into The Breach make their first appearance in WEU DPC Division I after a long struggle in the trenches. With quite a diverse and seasoned squad, can this English-based organization bring it home this year?

Nigma Galaxy

  • Ammar "ATF" Al-Assaf
  • Syed "SumaiL" Hassan
  • Ivan "MinD_ContRoL" Ivanov
  • Maroun "GH" Merhej
  • Kuro "KuroKy" Takhasomi
The crowd will love this one. Dota has not been the same without the gentlemen of Nigma. Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barkawi taking a break for health reasons, Nigma signed OG's carry offlaner ATF as their new pos 1, which is the position some might say he was meant to be in. Will Nigma grab a foothold this time and finally have the opportunity to claim a third Aegis?

OG

  • Artem "Yuragi" Golubiev
  • Bozhidar "bzm" Bogdanov
  • Dmitry "DM" Dorokhin
  • Tommy "Taiga" Le
  • Mikhail "Misha" Agatov
Another fan favorite, the young guns of OG set off for the second year as a team; minus ATF of course. As a replacement, they have recruited the highly eager DM as their new offlaner. In the first year of the team's inception, they have already won two major tournaments: Stockholm Major and ESL One Malaysia 2022. A respectable 7th-8th finish at TI11 left them wanting, and people cannot wait to see what this year will bring for this team.

Team Liquid

  • Rolen "skem" Ong
  • Joshua "Kokz" Maraño
  • Nikko "Force" Bilocura
  • Ravdan "NARMAN" Narmandakh
  • Roger "Roddgeee" Tan
The beloved Team Liquid is back for more. They had a sensational journey through the qualifiers and made it all the way to the final day of TI11. Despite not winning a second Aegis, Lasse "MATUMBAMAN" Urpalainen was able to retire with his head held high by placing third with the team. To replace him, Team Liquid brought in Nisha to form what people can call Team Secret 2.0.

Team Secret

  • Remco "Crystallis" Arets
  • Miroslav "BOOM" Bičan
  • Roman "Resolut1on" Fomynok
  • Baqyt "Zayac" Emiljanov
  • Clement "Puppey" Ivanov
Just like Liquid, Secret has had a rough year prior to TI. However, they along with Liquid were the two teams that made it out of TI11 Last Chance Qualifier and went all the way to the end. And they did this with last minute transfers of Resolut1on and Zayac. Sadly, the Aegis remained elusive to them once again after losing to Tundra at the grand final. However, they inch closer every year. Will this finally be the year Team Secret win TI?

Tundra Esports

  • Oliver "skiter" Lepko
  • Leon "Nine" Kirilin
  • Neta "33" Shapira
  • Martin "Saksa" Sazdov
  • Wu "Sneyking" Jingjun
Last but not least, the champions themselves, Tundra. Understandably, they are the only team that have the exact same roster. They even didn't drop coach Kurtis "Aui_2000" Ling! Thank goodness for him! They defied the norms of the meta and played on a level which no team was able to come close to. The bar is set high for them in 2023 and Tundra is expected to deliver.

WEU DPC's Division I is on the horizon. You can refer to the tournament's Liquipedia page here! Keep track of Winter Tour DPC in other regions on our site:
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