DPC Europe Regional League Week 1 standings: Nigma takes the lead

After a nearly one year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Dota Pro Circuit is finally back with a new format that gives a chance to lower tier teams to grind their way to the big stage as well.

The 2021 DPC is split in two seasons of competition, each season being formed by six Regional Leagues, each with two divisions and a Major at the end of the season. The Upper Division teams from each regional league fight for a share of the $205,000 prize pool, 1,150 DPC points and a spot at the season ending Major. The Lower Division doesn’t offer any DPC points, but it has a $75,000 prize pool and two promotion slots for the teams that finish top two in each region. The bottom two teams from every Lower Division will end the season empty handed and will also be eliminated from the DPC. A new round of open qualifiers will determine two new arrivals in the next season.

Regarded as one of the most competitive regions, Europe received for the first season a total of four slots to the first Major of the year. However, only the first two teams will secure their presence in the Major. The first placed team will be granted a spot into the Major playoffs, while the second placed team will start the Major from the group stage. The third and fourth placed teams in the Upper Division will be heading to a Major Wild Card leg, where they will be fighting against teams from other regions for a spot into the Major group stage.  

Europe’s absolute favorites at claiming the ticket to the Major playoffs are Team Secret, as they were the most dominant team through 2020. However, the competition in the EU region is fierce and nobody in the Upper Division should be overlooked.

Through the first week of matches, Team Secret had just one series scheduled, while Team Nigma were the only squad with two series to kick off the six-week grind to the Major and they did the most of their chance to take a comfortable lead. Although they didn’t take clean 2-0 victories, their 2-1 result over Alliance and Team Liquid puts them at the top of the chart at the end of the week. The only team to sweep their adversaries 2-0 were Team Liquid, who opened the season with a clean performance against Vikin.gg.

Upper Division Week 1 standings:

PlaceTeam nameSeriesGamesDPC pointsSeedingPrize
1Team Nigma2-04-2500Major Playoffs$30,000
2OG1-02-1300Major Grp Stage$28,000
3Team Secret1-02-1200Major Wild Card$27,000
4Team Liquid1-13-2100Major Wild Card$26,000
5Alliance0-11-250              –$25,000
6High Coast0-11-2       –              –$24,000
7mudgolems0-11-2       –Relegation$23,000
8Vikin.gg0-10-2       –Relegation$22,000

In the Lower Division all teams had just one series scheduled for Week 1 and Rasmus “MISERY” Filipsen’s Hellbear Smashers, formerly known as 5MEN, was the only squad to kick things off with a clean 2-0 victory.

Lower Division Week 1 standings:

PlaceTeam nameSeriesGameSeedingPrize
1Hellbear Smashers1-02-0Promotion$17,000
3burjui1-02-1 $15,000
4brame1-13-2 $11,000
5Spider Pigzs1-13-2 $9,000
6Hippomaniacs0-10-2        $7,000
7Meta4Pro0-10-2Elimination     –
8No Bounty Hunter0-10-2Elimination     –

Week 2 in Europe will start this coming Monday, January 25 with the Lower Division battle between Creepwave and Hippomaniacs. The Upper Division will resume on January 26 with Team Liquid versus High Coast Esports and OG versus mudgolems. You can catch all action live on the DreamLeague Twitch.tv channel.

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