Dota 2: 5 Things to Keep in Mind at the Start of the 2023 DPC

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Dota 2: 5 Things to Keep in Mind at the Start of the 2023 DPC

With the 2023 DPC upon us, we go over 5 things to keep in mind as it begins.

The 2023 DPC has already begun in China, but we will have to wait a few more days for the other regions. We’ve already made a complete overview, so make sure to check it so that you have an idea of what to expect.

Speaking of the DPC and all of the regions, we expect to see a lot of interesting matches. Things like Western Europe and South America have never been so competitive because they have tons of top-tier teams. However, only some of them will have the chance to qualify for the Majors, so it will be interesting to see what will happen.

With that said, let’s go through some of the most important things you should be aware of regarding the new 2023 DPC. 

The Majors

Once every Tour of the DPC comes to an end, the best-performing teams from each region will advance to the Dota 2 Major. Speaking of the devil, we already know that there will be 3 of them. In fact, according to some sources, the first one for the Winter Tour is called Lima Major and will be organized by 4D Esports. 

Once Tour 2 is over, the second Dota 2 Major for the Spring Tour will be the Berlin Major. Unsurprisingly, ESL will be the organization responsible for it.

Finally, we have the Summer Tour, the last and most important Major of the 2023 DPC, because it will give the most DPC points. This event will go by the name of Bali Major and will be organized by IO Esports. 

Once the Majors are over, the best teams that gained the most DPC points will receive an invitation to The International. 

EG is not in North America anymore

When Dota 2 fans hear about North America, one of the first things that come to their mind is Evil Geniuses. This is the most dominating organization on the continent and the only one that could challenge the top EU squads. However, EG’s failure to do anything big at TI 11 was the squad's last nail in the coffin.

Following the disappointing finishing, EG decided to drop its roster and move to South America. The organization formed a new team consisting of BC and Thunder Awaken ex-members. By the looks of it, it will be one of the main challenges in the region.

As for EG’s old squad, Arteezy and the rest managed to keep their roster intact. After staying without an organization for a couple of weeks, Abed and co are now a part of Shopify Rebellion. They will have to battle against the likes of nouns, TSM and B8.

South America only has 2 Major Slots

If there is one Dota 2 region that surprised us a lot in 2022, it has to be South America. The time when people thought that South American teams just wasted slots for tournaments is long gone. Thunder Awaken and bc have proven themselves countless times, including at TI 11. Sure, neither of them won, but they defeated very strong opponents, including Evil Geniuses.

Speaking of South America, most Dota 2 fans expected Valve to allocate them more slots for the Majors. However, now that we have access to the data, SA only gets 2 slots. This puts them in the same bracket as North America, although many people will agree that SA is doing better lately.

The fact that only 2 teams from South America will get the chance to play in the Majors means that they have to give everything they got. Prior to EG’s arrival, Thunder Awaken and beastcoast had no competition. However, now that EG is here one of the three won’t be able to attend a Major, so we can’t wait to see the teams in action.

We will have to wait a bit for Tour 2

As mentioned, the 2023 DPC in China already began, but people who wanted to watch matches in Division II didn’t have the chance to do so. That’s because of Valve’s new DPC rules and the fact that the matches in Tour 2 will take place after those in Tour 1.

If we take a look at each region’s schedule, we can see that Tour 2 starts just a day or a couple of days after the end of Tour 1. This may disappoint some people, but we think that this change is for the better. By separating the two divisions, Valve ensured that people would pay more attention to them. 

In the 2022 DPC, Division I and II were held side by side, and as expected, people didn’t pay much attention to the latter. Instead, they preferred to watch the best teams, so they’ve only followed Division I. Fortunately, the changes will give the teams from Division II more chances to shine.

Virtus.Pro made a roster change after the roster lock

The Eastern European Dota 2 region has always been controversial, and it seems like 2023 won’t be an exception. After Virtus.Pro failed to live up to the expectation and qualify for The International 11, so the organization decided to get a completely new roster. As a result, it acquired a lot of top-tier players, such as Koma`. 

Even though the Russian star was one of the most promising carries in the game, he was caught up in Valve’s recent ban wave. The company decided to ban a couple of players for account sharing, and Koma` was among them. Although many top-tier players raised their voices in an attempt for Valve to remove the permanent ban, this hasn’t happened yet.

Since VP lost their newly-added carry, the organization had to make another roster change. Despite the fact that the roster lock was already active, Valve made an exception for the CIS squad. Consequently, VP added krylat.

All in all, the new DPC will be extremely intriguing to see what will happen. People are eager to see whether the big favorites will live up to their expectations, especially in Western Europe. This will be the most competitive region because pretty much every single team in Division I can potentially qualify for the Major. 

Make sure to follow us for more information about the Dota 2 DPC. Don’t forget that there are different kinds of Dota 2 betting sites to choose from, so check them out before the start of the new season. 

Dota 2: 5 Things to Keep in Mind at the Start of the 2023 DPC
Zlosterr has been a fan of esports for many years and mainly focuses on Dota 2. He has more than five years of experience writing Dota 2 content for numerous platforms. Besides being a passionate fan of the game, he's also played for various amateur teams.