Dota 2 To Restart Esports Scene With Launching Of 2021 DPC On January 18

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Finally some good news for the competitive scene. Valve

Looks like there’s finally some good news for the Dota 2 esports scene. Valve announced that the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit is going to start on January 18, 2021. This new competitive season also marks the start of the new Dota 2 esports format.

For those of you wondering what this new format is, it’s known as the Regional Leagues. It was first revealed back in February of this year, and the goal was to make Dota 2 esports more consistent as well as better scheduled.

Basically, there’s going to be six Regional Leagues. Each one is going to have two divisions and a total of 16 teams participating. The top teams from each region then qualify for the first Major of the competitive season. You can learn the basics about the Regional Leagues here.

While the reveal of the new season is indeed good news for the different teams, it’s still more than a month away. The question is, will teams be able to make it to the start of the new season? There have been a number of teams that have disbanded or folded due to not having any Valve-sponsored tournaments.

There’s also no word as to what happened to the previous DPC ranking. It appears that Valve simply discarded it. There’s no announcement if the top teams get any rewards or something else. Before the pandemic halted everything, the top five teams were, in order, TNC Predator, Vici Gaming, Team Secret, Evil Geniuses, and Invictus Gaming.

Other Announcements

The new competitive season isn’t the only thing that Valve announced. A new Dota 2 season is set to begin in-game on December 1. It’s going to offer, among many others, a seasonal quest reset as well as a new seasonal treasure.

Valve announced as well that they’ve started rolling out backend changes in order to gather data for the upcoming Overwatch features. This new feature was announced last month and hopes to address player behavior and toxicity. Read more about that here.

Anyway, once the feature goes live, users should be able to review any suspicious match to identify bad players. Those found cheating or not playing fairly can be easily reported.

Finally, Valve revealed that a new hero is arriving in December along with update 7.28. So far, what’s been revealed is that the new hero is a she. This one was originally set to be released on November 30.

What do you think? Is this announcement enough to save the competitive scene? Are you excited for the new hero in Dota 2? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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