Team Secret & Share Top Spot Heading to Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 11

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Dota 2 DPC 2018-2019
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Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 11 is just around the corner, and the DPC rankings for the 2018-2019 season show Team Secret and tied for first place at 7,950 points each.

The pressure of winning the upcoming major is even more important for these two teams, with the champion getting 4,950 DPC points. Organized by DeamHack, DreamLeague Season 11 will begin on March 14, with the Grand Final set on March 24. A total prize pool of $1 million is up for grabs, along with 15,000 DPC Points.

The Group Stage features sixteen teams divided into four groups under a double elimination format. The top two teams move to the upper bracket in the playoffs, and bottow two teams proceed to the lower bracket. In the Playoffs, round one of the lower brackets will be best-of one, with most of the playoffs having a best-of 3 format. The Grand Finals wrap up the tournament with a best-of five match.

Talents participating in the tournament include Jorien "Sheever" van der Heijden, Owen "ODPixel" Davies, Ioannis "Fogged" Loucas, Jake "SirActionSlacks" Kanner, Michelle "Moxxi" Song, Henrik "AdmiralBulldog" Ahnberg, David "Godz" parker, and "Admir "Lizzard" Salkanovic.

The Dota Pro Circuit was first introduced by Valve in 2017. The goal for the circuit was to determine which teams would be eligible for a direct invite to The International. Events are divided into Majors and Minors. A Major event requires a minimum prize pool of $500,000, with Valve putting in $500,000 of their own. A Minor event, on the other hand, only needs to offer at least a $150,000 prize pool. Further, a Major can offer 15,000 DPC points while the Minor is limited to 500 DPC points.

One major change for the 2018-2019 season is that Valve no longer allowed direct invites to Major and Minor tournaments. This means all team will have to go through Regional Qualifiers. In addition, instead of the top eight teams, it will now be the top 12 teams at the end of the season that will get direct invite to The International.

Going over the rankings so far, Evil Geniuses are in 4th place, Ninjas in Pyjamas are in 5th, and Fnatic comes in at 6th. The 7th to 12th teams are Vici Gaming, EHOME, TNC Predator, Team Liquid, J.Storm, and Alliance. It should be noted that Alliance currently has 225 points, which ties with Chaos Esports Club and Forward Gaming.

After the DreamLeague Season 11, two more Majors are scheduled. One will take place in May and the other in June of this year.

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