Dota 2: ESL One Berlin Major 2023 Overview

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Dota 2: ESL One Berlin Major 2023 Overview

Let’s learn more about the ESL One Berlin Major 2023.

The end of DreamLeague Season 19 means the best Dota 2 teams in the world have to focus on the next challenge ahead of them. Its name is ESL One Berlin Major 2023, and it will be the second Major of the 2023 DPC. 

Besides being the second Major, this tournament is crucial due to the fact it provinces more DPC points than the first one. Furthermore, it will be the first Dota 2 tournament to take place on the new patch 7.33. The latter includes many changes that transformed the game as we know it.

There are around 2 days until the start of the Berlin Major 2023, so let’s learn more about it and see what we can expect. Keep in mind that we at ESTNN will provide tips regarding some of the hottest matches you can watch.


ESL One Berlin Major 2023 will be a tournament that will take place in Germany’s capital. It will include 18 best-performing teams following Tour 2 of the 2023 DPC. We will be able to watch them in action between April 26 and May 7.

As the tournament’s name suggests, it is organized by ESL, meaning we can expect high-quality production. The Berlin Major 2023 in Dota 2 will provide a total of 2700 DPC points and a $500K prize pool. Both things are impressive, so we can’t wait to see the best teams in action.


The format of the ESL One Berlin Major 2023 is interesting because it includes 18 teams. Eight are from Western Europe and China, Six are from Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe, and 4 come from North America and South America.
The Group Stage of this Dota 2 tournament will consist of two groups of 9 teams. They will play in a single round-robin format where the games are Bo2. Once the clashes are over, the top 4 teams from the groups will go to the Upper Bracket of the Playoffs, whereas the 5th and 6th finishers will have to play in the Lower Bracket. In other words, 3 teams will be eliminated from the Group Stage.

In terms of the Playoffs, we’ll see a classic Double-elimination bracket where all matches are in a Bo3 format. The only exception is the Grand Final, which is in a Bo5.

The Broadcast Talent & Where to Watch

Since the ESL One Berlin Major 2023 will be the second Major of the DPC, we can expect to see the world's best Dota 2 broadcast talent. Tsunami, Sheever, and Pyrion will be the event’s hosts in English, and we can find all sorts of commentators/analysts. The list includes SVG, ppd, BSJ, syndareN, SUNSfan, and more. 

Besides in English, the Berlin Major 2023 will also be broadcasted in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Russian. In terms of where to watch it, Dota 2 fans from around the world can tune in on Twitch or Youtube. Keep in mind that each region will have its respective channels.

The Teams

As mentioned, the best Dota 2 teams in the world will be able to represent their region at  The Berlin Major 2023. Here’s a list of all teams that will take part in this tournament:

  • Gaimin Gladiators
  • OG
  • 9 Pandas
  • Team Liquid
  • Tundra Esports
  • BetBoom Team
  • Xtreme Gaming
  • Team Spirit
  • Invictus Gaming
  • Team SMG
  • TSM
  • Execration
  • Team Aster
  • Talon Esports
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Beastcoast
  • Shopify Rebellion

After the end of DreamLeague Season 19 and the results there, there is no arguing that the teams from Western Europe are the favorites. Gaimin Gladiators and Team Liquid in particular, are on another level when compared to the rest, so most people expect them to dominate and win this tournament.

However, an important thing to remember is that the Dota 2 patch 7.33, called The New Frontiers Update, dropped just a couple of days ago. Even though we already saw a few games on it, the best teams in the world are yet to figure out how to play and what to do in it. Consequently, we expect the ESL One Berlin Major 2023 matches to be even more interesting than the ones before that.

Besides the WEU powerhouses, we also have to keep an eye on teams such as Shopify Rebellion and PSG.LGD. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a Chinese Team dominate the international Dota 2 scene, but we wouldn’t be surprised if that happens in Berlin. As for SR, it became clear that the North American powerhouse is among the few that can challenge the powerful WEU teams. We expect Arteezy’s team to stand out and even win the tournament.


Interesting Facts about ESL One Berlin Major 2023

Besides the fact that this will be the first official Dota 2 tournament on patch 7.33, there are several other interesting facts regarding this event. For example, BZM from OG, who turned 18 just a few days ago, will be the youngest player at the event. Solo, on the other hand, is 32 years old, making him the oldest player.

Another interesting fact is that one of the teams is called 9 Pandas, which may surprise some of you because this squad didn’t participate in Tour 2. This is HellRaisers’ roster because the organization dropped its Dota 2 teams a few days before DreamLeague S19. Consequently, RAMZESS and the rest are now part of 9 Pandas.

Even though ESL One Berlin Major 2023 has a total of $500K prize pool, the winner will take home $200K. The team that finishes third gets $75K, and the one that ends up 4th will get $50K. Of course, the winners will also get the most DPC points (500), followed by 450, 400, 350, and so on.

Dota 2: ESL One Berlin Major 2023 Overview
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.