DreamLeague Season 13: The Leipzig Major Preview

In its 13th season, the prestigious DreamLeague tournament series will land at the gaming festival and host the first Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Major in 2020: DreamLeague Season 13 - The Leipzig Major

rand 1919
Freelance Esports Writer
17th Jan, 2020·☕️ 5 min read

For the first time, the upcoming edition of DreamHack Leipzig will be the venue for a major tournament. In its 13th season, the prestigious DreamLeague tournament series will land at the gaming festival and host the first Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Major in 2020: DreamLeague Season 13 - The Leipzig Major. Visitors and viewers can really look forward to the international Dota 2 elite. Teams from Europe, America and Asia will play against each other for a total of $1,000,000 in prize money.

Competition Information

DreamLeague Season 13: The Leipzig Major is the second Dota 2 Major in this Dota season, and first Dota 2 Major this year. The beautiful city of Leipzig will host DreamLeague Dota 2 Major tournament from Jan 18th to Jan 26th. 16 teams will fight for the $1,000,000 prize pool and a big chunk of 15,000 DPC points which are valuable for the qualification for the The International 2020 in Stockholm.

It will be interesting to see which team, from 16 of them, will be crowned DreamLeague Season 13 champion. It is worth mentioning that the previous season of DreamLeague was not a Dota 2 Major and that Dota 2 tournament wasn’t in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) system. Swedish powerhouse Alliance were the Season 12 champions and $100,000 check winners. DreamLeague Season 13: The Leipzig Major will be run from January 18th to January 26th with few days off between group stage and playoff phase of the competition.

The 16 participants will be split into 4 groups with four teams in each. No team will go home after the group stage as the two worst teams from every group will move to the lower bracket. Meanwhile, the two best teams will advance directly to the upper bracket playoffs. All group stage games will be played in the BO3 format. However, the first round of the lower bracket will define the better teams in BO1 matches. All other games apart from the Grand Final will be BO3.

The Current Season

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The Chinese region will be represented with ViCi Gaming, Invictus Gaming and Team Aster. Worth mentioning that PSG.LGD surprisingly lost in the first round of open qualifiers and couldn’t even play at the closed qualifiers. SEA region was dominated by Fnatic who went through undefeated. TNC made it to the Leipzig Major at the very last moment as they were bested by the surprise team Reality Rift. The EU qualifiers were highlighted with the performance of the new roster of Team Liquid who showed themselves the professors in the Outlanders update. Team Liquid went undefeated all the distance. The 2nd EU qualifiers were Team Secret who won the group and outplayed Nigma with the help of ‘Matumbaman’. The new Alliance squad also qualified by sending Nigma to the Bukovel Minor battle. The CIS region celebrates the return of its classic champions and NaVi to the biggest Dota 2 tournaments. The SA region will be represented by Pain Gaming and Beastcoast. NA is sending Chaos Esports Club to Leipzig as they defeated both Ninjas in Pyjamas and Fighting PandaS. Meanwhile, Evil Geniuses managed rise from the lower bracket after they were upset by Fighting PandaS. EG revenged the ‘Pandas’ with a striking 2-0 victory at the Leipzig Major spot contest.

Betting Tips

Very interesting team list and we expect to see a lot of top tier matches. Almost all top teams from each region are on this list, except maybe Gambit and PSG.LGD. Of course we all know that double TI winners OG have decided to skip the first few Minors / Majors. The reigning DreamLeague Major champions are ViCi Gaming, following their win in The Stockholm Major, and they’ll have a shot at defending their title after making it through the qualifiers. American region is very well represented too, by Evil Geniuses who showed amazing sinergy and performance at ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Singapore. However, we can’t forget about TNC – a fan favourite team from the SEA region who showed us that underdogs can win Major tournaments – taking the recent MDL Chengdu Major championship in late November. It is a very stacked tournament with a lot of competition. We think this will be the first tournament where we could see some glimpse of how future Dota 2 tournaments, and especially The International 2020 will look and who will be the heavy favourites and/or underdogs moving on. The Dota 2 season is booming.

As this is an extremely stacked tournament, there are few favourites to win this Major. The top 6 picklebet favourites to win DreamLeague Leipzig Major are:

  1. 🇨🇳 Vici Gaming 3.70
  2. 🇪🇺 Team Secret 3.80
  3. 🇺🇸 Evil Geniuses 4.80
  4. 🇪🇺 Team Nigma 11.00
  5. 🇵🇭 TNC Predator 13.50
  6. 🇺🇸 Fnatic 15.50

Yes, Secret had a pretty good 2019, but they didn’t show anything special in ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Singapore finishing in 5th – 6th place. We would give more chances to ViCi or EG, who had a pretty good season start. ViCi has a 2nd place from MDL Chengdu Major and a 1st place from ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Singapore. On the other side EG is gathering their form and polishing their new lineup as the season is heating up. Their 2nd place at ONE Esports Dota 2 World Pro Invitational Singapore and 4th place at MDL Chengdu Major are surely some indicators of how they can perform in the future. We believe they are strong contenders for the title here, together with ViCi, maybe the strongest contenders.


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