NA: Promotion is waiting for simply TOOBASED
In the DPC21: S1 - NA Lower Division, simply TOOBASED surrounding Zakari 'ZfreeK' Freedman and Jaron 'Monkeys-Forever' Clinton secured their promotion the Upper Division next season. The team scored a clean 6-0, with 12 victories and two losses overall.
It is not yet determined which squads from the Upper Division will hand over their seats. However, 5 Man Midas who are currently in last place with a 0-5 score will have a hard time fighting for their lives. They have two series left to redeem themselves, one of which is against Evil Geniuses.
Well it's gonna take another couple weeks, but we secured the way back to playing for lans. Not sure when our fan pack is getting released, but I guarantee it will be Based.— Zakari Freedman (@coL_Zfreek) February 14, 2021
CIS: Two giants already paved their way to the Major
In CIS, Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro have managed to snatch their ticket to the Major. There are three slots for this region and with both teams standing at 5-0 currently, they cannot finish outside the top three. The two organisations will also share the final match of the CIS Upper Division, as they face each other on 26 February.
For the upcoming season, Winstrike will join them in the Upper Division as they have secured their promotion with a current score of 5-0. They are yet to play against legend Danil 'Dendi' Ishutin's team B8 who are in last place in the Lower Division at the moment.
Five in a row 💪🏻— winstrike_team (@Winstrike_Team) February 11, 2021
We are flying to Upper Division with cosmic velocity 🚀 pic.twitter.com/4un5sWuKZZ
EU: Secret as usual on top
Europe sports four places at the Major, meaning it is still open who will secure their spot. However, Team Secret who are currently in first place with a 5-0 score (10 wins, two losses) cannot be kicked from the top four.
The remaining spots are still being fiercely contested. Strong forces such as Nigma and Team Liquid are out of the safe top four at the moment, so the upcoming games can quickly change the standings again.
Criticism of the relegation system
In the new DPC system, the bottom two teams of the Upper Division get relegated to the Lower Division in the second season. The top two teams of the Lower Division then move up and get promoted to the Upper Division.
Dota statsman Ben "Noxville" Steenhuisen does not agree with this format, as he thinks that Upper Division teams shouldn't be auto-relegated as this drastically lowers their chances of making it to TI.
With Valve still experimenting with the format, it is possible that we will see some changes in the future.
My best solution to this is:— Ben Steenhuisen (@Noxville) February 14, 2021
* no relegation from upper div, but two teams are promoted (i.e. upper div is 10 teams for 2nd season)
* 2nd season prize money for 9th/10th in upper division is the same as 1st/2nd in lower division
* bottom 2 from lower div can do S2 qualifiers
What do you think about the current system?
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