Following what may be the end of a turbulent winter tour, the six regional leagues have concluded with determined victors
The first tour of the 2021 – 2022 Dota Pro Circuit was full of dramatic events, after two months of regular tourney, the victors of each regional league – South East Asia, North America, South America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and China, have at last concluded.
Amongst many other things, one of the most dramatic shifts to this tour was when Valve announced the cancellation of the Winter Major. Originally, there was a scheduled LAN tournament hosted at a to-be-determined country.
Due to unforeseen events following the cancellation of the major, Valve has officially announced that a regional finals following the regional leagues will take place locally in each separate region in their blogpost.
The DPC 2021-2022 Regional Finals will take place over two weekends, with three regions playing on February 11-13, and the other three playing on February 18-20. The top 4 from each region will compete in a double elimination tournament with a $100,000 USD prize pool.
The new distribution of prize pool was set to be as follows:
- 1st place: $50,000 USD + 250 DPC points
- 2nd place $25,000 USD + 130 DPC points
- 3rd place: $15,000 USD
- 4th place: $10,000 USD
Winter Tour Result
As a recap from our previous post, the conclusion regional leagues will also result in relegation of teams from tier one to tier two division. This means that the bottom two teams in the Upper Division will get bumped down to the Lower Division. Those Lower Division teams that finish in the Top 2, will be promoted to the Upper Division. The bottom two teams from the Lower Division will be kicked from the league with qualifiers that follow to select next season’s slots.
|Region||Advance to Tier-one||Relegated to Tier-two|
|Western Europe||Team Entity, Brame||Alliance, CoolGuys|
|Eastern Europe||CS Rejects, Winstrike Team||AS Monaco Gambit, Team Empire|
|South East Asia||Polaris Esports||Nigma Galaxy SEA|
|China||XTreme Gaming, Team Magma||Invictus Gaming, Phoenix Gaming|
|North America||The Cut, Team DogChamp||Arkosh Gaming, Black N Yellow|
|South America||Infinity, Balrogs Esports||NoPing, SG Esports|
At one glance, some of the more shocking relegation changes includes the relegation of long-time dominant teams such as Alliance and Invictus Gaming. Similarly, Nigma Galaxy’s South East Asian branch has always displayed excellent performance and advanced to tier-one division for the next leg of the Dota Pro Circuit.
Following up the Winter Tour, the regional finals will commence in two weeks time, from the 11th of February to the 13th of February. This will feature the top-4 seeded teams in each respective regions. The regional finals across all regions will be played in double-elimination bracket format, with all matches played as Best-out-of-three series with the exception of the grand finals played as best-out-of-five.
The champion of each regional final will be awarded an additional 250 DPC points and $50,000.00 USD while the runner-up will be awarded an additional 130 DPC points and $25,000.00 USD. The DPC points will tally up at the end of the year and will attribute to direct placement in The International 11.