Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 1. CIS 1st Division
The Dota Pro Circuit 2021: Season 1 tournament among the CIS teams of the first division is coming to an end soon. 8 teams are fighting for the right to stay in the first division, to keep a place for the next season and of course to get a pass to the first Major of the season. However, the esports event was not left without a prize pool of 205k US dollars and 1,150 Dota Pro Circuit rating points. Despite the fact that all teams will receive part of the prize fund in dollar terms.
- 30k first place
- 28k second place
- 27k third place
- 26k fourth place
- 25k fifth place
- 24k sixth place
- 23k seventh place
- 22k and eighth place
As well as the five best teams will receive DPC rating points (500 points first place, 300 points second place, 200 points third place, 100 points fourth place, 50 points fifth place), the most valuable prize will be a pass to the first major seasons, which will receive only the top three winners. Also, the last two teams are relegated to the second division, which will give motivation to fight to the end, not only for the sake of victory, but also for the sake of the right to maintain a residence permit in the first division.
The organizer is the European tournament operator Electronic Sports League. The event runs from January 21st and the last match will take place on February 26th, 2021. Since most of the games have already been played, we can highlight clear favorites. The first and second places are shared by "Natus Vincere" and "Virtus.pro", which will clash in the battle for the "throne" on February 26th.
But do not forget about the games of favorites with other teams, which can play very impartially on the overall positive mood of the teams' fans. The first fateful meeting of Virtus.pro will take place on February 19 with the obvious outsider of the NoTechies tournament. Although the victory of the Virtus may seem obvious to some, let's not forget that the minero-haters are a young team, from which one can expect aces up their sleeves, given that they need very little in order not to fall into the second division and break out of the last places of the tournament table.
A day later, on February 21, you should follow the game of Natus Vincere against Team Spirit. Although participation in the first Major of the season will not be a question, if Natus Vincere concedes victory, there may not be a championship in the tournament. Despite the strong gap between the two favorites and the rest of the tournament participants, do not forget that the stakes of the rest of the teams on victory are also very high and the spectacle will be incredible for those who like to watch the beautiful Dota 2.
On February 18, the next match between EXTREMUM and Team Empire. If the Empire can strike good punch, it will equal EXTREMUM on points, which could be a wake-up call for Team Unique, as a losing streak could be fatal for them. On February 19, an important day for the Virtus with a fateful match against NoTechies, there will also be a game between Team Unique and AS Monaco Gambit, which will determine, albeit temporarily, but the bronze medalist of the tournament. Team Empire and NoTechies face off in battle on February 21st. It is still difficult to predict what they will fight for, since at the moment they occupy the last two places, but we can assume that the match will be very entertaining, because the teams will be given the opportunity to prove themselves against an equal opponent, where they can show their resourcefulness and teamwork.
We wrote above about the importance of playing Natus Vincere and Team Spirit on the same day, so you can immediately consider the 25th, because on this day Team Unique and Team Spirit will converge, which will tear each other to shreds for the third a place. And the last final day of the tournament, before the most anticipated confrontation between Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro, we will be able to look at AS Monaco Gambit, which will either win back for the third place or defend the right to bronze against EXTREMUM.
Summing up, it is worth noting that, without a doubt, the teams "Natus Vincere" and "Virtus.pro" will go to the first Major of the season with fifteen points in reserve, having five victories in a row out of five played matches, but who will be the third team from the CIS remains a mystery, because everyone has to play two games each and absolutely everyone can take the honorable third place. "Team Empire" and "NoTechies" will only help the win streak, since they occupy the seventh and eighth places with three points. The rest: "Team Spirit", "AS Monaco Gambit", "Team Unique", "EXTREMUM" with six points in the standings, even one defeat would be fatal. The last week, despite the February winds, promises to be very hot.
For those who are confused and just want to find out the date and time of the game, as well as fiercely root for their favorite team, let it be in the favorites or outsiders, we attach the schedule:
- 02/18/2021 20:00: EXTREMUM VS Empire
- 02/19/2021 5:00 pm: VP VS NoTechies
- 02/19/2021 20:00: Team Unique VS ASM.Gambit
- 02/21/2021 17:00: Empire VS NoTechies
- 02/21/2021 20:00: NAVI VS Spirit
- 02/25/2021 20:00: Spirit VS Team Unique
- 02/26/2021 17:00: ASM.Gambit VS EXTREMUM
- 02/26/2021 20:00: VP VS