The 2021 Dota Pro Circuit has officially begun and Valve wants to show it to the players.
A huge overhaul has been given to Dota 2 watch tab. Instead of offering players a rolling list of high-MMR pub matches, it will focus heavily on the Dota 2 esports scene instead, blending both the official Twitch and DotaTV broadcasts together. It will also include a built-in ranking feature that enables players to monitor the rankings of Dota 2 esports.
What’s on the 2021 Dota 2 pro watch tab update?
The new homepage for the Watch tab shows a wave of information, with a score box at the top, a live stream of DPC action at the center, and a list of the rankings for each region at the bottom.
A new schedule page has also been added. This gives a daily list of each match in both divisions. Finally, the leaderboard gives a comprehensive look at the rankings in each region, with the ability to switch between the upper and lower divisions.
One of the new features that has been added is the ability of the favorite teams. A list of each team is on the right side of the homepage, allowing players to choose their favorites.
When the team is favorite, the box pops up with the team record, standing, the most recent result, and the next match. The team will also be highlighted on each page of the watch section.
The traditional watch homepage remains untouched and can be found under the “live” section. Finally, a comprehensive list of all Dota 2 sports tournaments can be found on this page.
The new watch tab and the DPC support integration does not seem to be fully realized. There’s no way to look up a team roster through the Watch tab, given this feature being available in the Dota Pro Circuit app. This and other features are likely to be launched in the coming weeks.
One key feature that is yet to be launched is the support packages for the fan. This will include new sprays, chat wheels, emote and in-game effects related to DPC teams. It’s unknown when they might arrive.