Open Qualifiers for the Dota 2 DPC 2021 season are happening across all regions this week. ESL, DreamLeague, BTS, OGA and Perfectworld have divided the pie and are all holding qualifiers. The prize is a spot at Season 1 of the new Dota Pro Circuit and a potential placement at one of the two Majors this season.

Several regions concluded their first round of open qualifiers yesterday and this morning, while the rest will start today and continue through the weekend.

DPC 2021

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Open Qualifiers for DPC 2021

As teams prep for their first matches in the open qualifier, their likelihood to play for weeks to come is also on the line. Matches are best-of-one across every region, making it a dreadful experience for most teams. Many “favorites” might kicke the bucket early.

The open qualifiers are not the same across all regions. For instance, there are four rounds of open qualifiers over at the SE Asia, providing eight teams with a shot to play in the closed qualifier’s stage 2. The North America open qualifier also has four rounds, but winning teams proceed directly to the closed qualifiers. Prominent regions such as CIS and Europe have two rounds of open qualifiers for four winning teams, who will all proceed to the Lower Division.

Meanwhile, South America’s open qualifiers might seem more lenient as the top four teams in the open qualifiers move to the Lower Division. This is due to the