With the first League Season of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit only a week away, CIS teams were competing in the region’s decider tournament, which would place teams in either the upper or lower divisions of the League.
Two teams from CIS region compete in upper division
Even when Southeast Asia and China closed the qualifying for the DPC League Season 1, the first two teams from the CIS region would be competing in the upper division. Team Empire and NoPangolier were the first two teams in the showdown, with Empire sporting a roster of two new members and a relatively unknown team compared to their opponents.
However, after the HellRaisers had been dropped in their opening series, it was clear that the players were prepared to stamp their mark on the DPC. Giving NoPangolier no chance to do anything over the two-game series, Empire dominated and safeguarded a relatively easy 2-0 victory.
With that, Empire was the first team from the CIS region to qualify for the top division of the DPC League Season 1, joining the likes of Virtus.pro, Natus Vincere, Team Spirit and Live to Win. For NoPangolier, they haven’t been sent to the lower division just as they’d have another shot to enter the upper division when they face the Winstreak Team tomorrow.
In the second qualifying series, Danil “Dendi” Ishutin’s new roster would be in action, sporting three Brazilian players alongside him and Enis “5up” Elfki. Having struggled to find shape with any player since the formation, B8 had finally hoped to do iteration work, especially after a solid victory over Gambit Esports but that was not to be the case.
Going up against the newly formed NoTechies roster, which included Alexey “Solo” Berezin and Vladyslav “Crystallize” Krystanek, B8 was unable to find a foothold. While Game One seemed a bit better before they rolled over, Game two saw them stumble into the bottom bracket.
For NoTechies, a 2-0 victory would see them cruising into the upper division of the DPC League, while the B8 will still get another shot to enter division when they face off against EXTREMUM tomorrow.
As the decider and closed qualifyings come to an end for all regions over the next 24 hours, we’ll soon be set for the DPC 2021 season’s main attractions as the League kicks off on January 18.