The transition to online only third party events through 2020 forced by the covid pandemic had a severe impact on the Southeast Asia competitive scene. Several organizations were forced to close their Dota 2 divisions and never came back. Not even the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit was rebooted.
The transition to online only third party events through 2020 forced by the covid pandemic had a severe impact on the Southeast Asia competitive scene. Plenty of organizations were forced to close their Dota 2 divisions and never came back. Not even the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit was rebooted.
With the likes of Geek Fam, Adroit, Reality Rift, 032 Dota gone, the pre DPC shuffle brought new rosters to most of the teams, regardless of their tier status. The two top dogs of SEA, TNC and Fnatic are both entering the road to TI10 with slightly changed rosters, T1 are perhaps for the first time since they formed looking ready to actually contest a top place, but most importantly, the 2020 online battles served a as a perfect playground for those who took the past year as an opportunity to improve.
Like all other regions, the first season of Dota Pro Circuit SEA Regional League features 16 teams split evenly in two divisions. The Upper Division teams fight for a spot at the first major of the year, a share of the $205,000 prize pool and 1,500 DPC points while the Lower Division teams fight for a share of the $75,000 prize pool and the top two spots in the league, which will bring them promotion to Upper Division in the next season.
SEA received two slots to the Major, the winner of the Upper Division going straight into the Major playoff bracket and the runners up receiving a spot in the Major group stage. The third placed in the Upper Division will get another shot at playing in the Major via a Wild Card competition where they will fight against teams from the other five regions. The bottom two teams from Upper Division will be relegated into the Season 2 Lower Division.
First week of Upper Division matches brought a couple of upsets which resulted with teams coming from closed qualifiers taking down the favorites to top the charts. Neon Esports had two series scheduled in the first week and with a clean 2-0 sweep through BOOM Esports and a 2-1 victory over 496 Gaming, they took the lead of the Upper Division. However, the bigger upset of week one was accomplished by Execration, who cut through TNC 2-0.
Upper Division Week 1 standings:
|Place||Team name||Series||Games||DPC Points||Seeding||Prize|
|1||Neon Esports||2-0||4-1||500||Major Playoffs||$30,000|
|2||Execration||1-0||2-0||300||Major Grp Stage||$28,000|
|3||Fnatic||1-0||2-0||200||Major Wild Card||$27,000|
In the Lower Division, the full Indonesian line-up of Army Geniuses took a comfortable lead with two successful series. On the other hand, Zero Two, the only squad with three series scheduled on week 1 have had a disastrous run and end the week with three consecutive losses against Omega Esports, Army Geniuses and Cignal Ultra.
Lower Division Week 1 standings:
Week 2 in SEA will start this coming Monday, January 25 with the Lower Division matchup Cignal Ultra versus HOYO. The Upper Division matches will start on January 27 with TNC looking for redemption in the series against Vice Esports and with Execration getting another chance at delivering another huge upset as they are pitted against Fnatic. You can catch all SEA action live on the PGL Twitch.tv channel.