The DPC 2021-22 season kicks off in a few days. Here’s all the information about the upcoming season.

After Valve quietly updated its DPC 2022 page, several tournament organizers have now come forward with announcements for their role in the upcoming season. ESL will move to North America The first Tour kicks off on November 29 featuring 16 teams battling it out over six weeks for a slot at the next Major.

Earlier today, Valve updated its official website with information about the 2022 DPC season. The new season includes three tours, each tour comprising 1 regional League and a Dota 2 Major. 

ESL moves to NA for DPC 2022

Alliance first announced the DPC dates for the upcoming season last month. The first DPC Tour kicks off on November 29th with qualifiers preceding it. Further details about the qualifiers will be available soon.

NA DPC Teams:

NA DPC will see the return of several familiar names in Evil Geniuses, Quincy Crew, 4Zoomers, Undying and the likes. Arkosh Gaming (whose roster, we still do not know) is also a part of the NA DPC League and is bound to get more viewers to watch the North American matches.

The two-day Open Qualifiers start on November 19 while the closed qualifiers run from 22-24 November.

DreamHack to Host European DPC 2022 League

Meanwhile, DreamHack will organize all three Western Europe Dota Pro Circuit Tour tournaments and presumably the Majors as well. DreamHack also hosted the European events for the 2021 season.

EPICENTER to Organize Eastern Europe DPC Tour

EPICENTER has announced it will host the Eastern European region for the upcoming season. The CIS region is one of the hotbeds for Dota 2 after Team Spirit's emphatic victory at TI10. With NAVI winning the PGL Stockholm CS: GO Major as well, esports is on the rise in CIS.

RuHub Studios will broadcast the matches live. The organizer has already announced the list of participants in the upper division and the lower division of the upcoming season. 

Upper-division participants:

  • Team Spirit.
  • Natus Vincere.
  • HellRaisers.
  • AS Monaco Gambit.
  • Team Unique.
  • PuckChamp.
  • Team Empire.

Lower-division participants:

  • Winstrike Team.
  • ​​​​​​​Fantastic Five.
  • ​​​​​​​Nemiga Gaming.
  • ​​​​​​​Prosti Esli​​​​​​​.
  • Ex-XactJlepbI.

EXTREMUM refused to participate in the tournaments due to lack of a squad said EPICENTER. 

Three more teams will receive slots in the second division based on the open qualifiers results. The teams registered in the DPC 2022 system will be able to take part in the open qualifiers. 

What is the DPC 2022 Format?

Here are the details of the format for the DPC 2021-22 season:

Upper Division

  • 8 Teams will be directly invited to the League based on previous DPC standings
  • Teams should lock in their rosters on Valve’s website
  • At the end of the season, the top 4 teams will qualify for the upcoming Major
  • The bottom 2 teams will be relegated to the Lower Division
  • Round Robin League played over six weeks.
  • All matches are BO3

Lower Division

  • 6 Teams will be directly invited to the League based on previous DPC standings
  • 2 Teams will be joining via Open Qualifiers
  • At the end of the season, the top 2 teams will be promoted to the Upper Division
  • The bottom 2 teams will be relegated out of the League
  • Round Robin League played over six weeks.
  • All matches are BO3

The DPC season will also feature an increase in the number of DPC points awarded with each season. The first league will see a total of 690 points while the second and third leagues will feature 920 and 1,150 points in total.

The Majors naturally will have more DPC Points on offer. The first Major will feature 1900 DPC points followed by 2,700 and 3,500 points for the next two Majors. The total first stage prize pool is $280.000: $205.000 for the upper-division and $75.000 for the lower division. 

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