2021 DPC Season 1 Week 1 recap: Pro Dota is finally back!

Kurt Lozano
·Esports Content Producer
·6-min read
(Photo: Valve)
(Photo: Valve)

The first week of competition for the first season of this year’s Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) has concluded, and we’re here to fill you in on all the action in the upper divisions of the six regional leagues.

In this weekly series, we’ll be bringing you the best play and the best game of each week, as well as a recap of all matches and standings.

If you’re not that familiar with everything that is new in this year’s DPC, you can find out everything you need to know here.

Play of the Week

OG pulls off a beautiful Song of the Siren-Meteor Hammer-Cataclysm combo vs High Coast Esports

If I would describe how two-time The International champions OG play Dota 2, I’d say it’s a beautiful kind of chaos. Case in point, OG had the audacity to do the above in their opening game of the DPC against High Coast Esports, formerly the stack known as the Chicken Fighters.

Martin “Saksa” Sazdov’s support Naga Siren catches four enemy heroes just outside of the Roshan pit and perfectly times his Meteor Hammer to land on Pugna and Keeper of the Light, which sets up Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen’s Cataclysm to instantly vaporize them. There’s a razor-thin margin for error when pulling off this combo, but OG were able to execute it perfectly and were rewarded with a game-swinging seven-for-one trade.

Game of the Week

Team Aster vs PSG.LGD Game 3

Team Aster pulled off a huge upset over top Chinese team PSG.LGD in this crazy 88-minute slugfest that features eight(!) Divine Rapiers. There’s nothing quite like watching total chaos unfold in ultra-late game Dota, and the DPC’s Chinese organiser, Perfect World, was kind enough to stream it in glorious 4K.

Honourable mention: Team Secret vs mudgolems Game 2

Recap

Europe

Week 1 match results

Team Liquid 2-0 Vikin.gg

Team Secret 2-1 mudgolems

Team Nigma 2-1 Alliance

OG 2-1 High Coast Esports

Team Nigma 2-1 Team Liquid

The first week of matches for Europe went just as many expected it would go, with Team Nigma in particular off to a great start as they scored big wins over two of the stronger teams in the league in Alliance and Team Liquid.

Standings

(Placement) Team

Match score

Game score

(1.) Team Nigma

2-0

4-2

(2.) OG

1-0

2-1

(3.) Team Secret

1-0

2-1

(4.) Team Liquid

1-1

3-2

(5.) Alliance

0-1

1-2

(6.) High Coast Esports

0-1

1-2

(7.) mudgolems

0-1

1-2

(8.) Vikin.gg

0-1

0-2

China

Week 1 match results

Vici Gaming 2-0 LBZS

EHOME 2-0 Team MagMa

PSG.LGD 2-0 LBZS

Invictus Gaming 2-1 Elephant

Team Aster 2-1 PSG.LGD

The first week of competition for China went as expected except for two huge upsets on its last day, as Invictus Gaming defeated Chinese super team Elephant while Aster outlasted the region’s top dogs in PSG.LGD (in our pick of game of the week to boot).

Standings

(Placement) Team

Match score

Game score

(1.) EHOME

1-0

2-0

(2.) Vici Gaming

1-0

2-0

(3.) Invictus Gaming

1-0

2-1

(4.) Team Aster

1-0

2-1

(5.) PSG.LGD

1-1

3-2

(6.) Elephant

0-1

1-2

(7.) Team MagMa

0-1

0-2

(8.) LBZS

0-2

0-4

Southeast Asia

Week 1 match results

Fnatic 2-0 T1

Neon Esports 2-0 BOOM Esports

496 Gaming 2-0 Vice Esports

Execration 2-0 TNC Predator

Neon Esports 2-1 496 Gaming

In the Southeast Asian league, Neon Esports get off to a strong start while BOOM Esports and TNC Predator disappoint after losing to teams they were both favoured against. It’s starting to look like Fnatic will be dominating the region once again.

Standings

(Placement) Team

Match score

Game score

(1.) Neon Esports

2-0

4-1

(2.) Execration

1-0

2-0

(3.) Fnatic

1-0

2-0

(4.) 496 Gaming

1-1

3-2

(5.) BOOM Esports

0-1

0-2

(6.) T1

0-1

0-2

(7.) TNC Predator

0-1

0-2

(8.) Vice Esports

0-1

0-2

CIS

Week 1 match results

Team Spirit 2-0 EXTREMUM

Natus Vincere 2-0 Team Unique

Live to Win 2-0 No Techies

Natus Vincere 2-0 No Techies

Virtus.pro 2-0 Team Empire

As expected, Natus Vincere and Virtus.pro look like they’re a whole tier above the competition in the CIS league. However, Alexey “Solo” Berezin’s squad, No Techies, are in big trouble early on after two deflating 0-2 losses in just the first week.

Standings

(Placement) Team

Match score

Game score

(1.) Natus Vincere

2-0

4-0

(2.) Live to Win

1-0

2-0

(3.) Team Spirit

1-0

2-0

(4.) Virtus.pro

1-0

2-0

(5.) EXTREMUM

0-1

0-2

(6.) Team Empire

0-1

0-2

(7.) Team Unique

0-1

0-2

(8.) NoTechies

0-2

0-4

North America

Week 1 match results

Evil Geniuses 2-1 4Zoomers

Undying 2-0 A-Team

Black N Yellow 2-0 5ManMidas

Evil Geniuses 2-1 SADBOYS

Quincy Crew 2-0 5ManMidas

Evil Geniuses get two solid wins over two of their biggest competitors, 4Zoomers and SADBOYS, but their wins were far from clean. Evil Geniuses is still the top team of North America, but their once-iron grip over the region seems to have loosened significantly.

Standings

(Placement) Team

Match score

Game score

(1.) Evil Geniuses

2-0

4-2

(2.) Quincy Crew

1-0

2-0

(3.) Undying

1-0

2-0

(4.) Black N Yellow

1-0

2-0

(5.) 4Zoomers

0-1

1-2

(6.) SADBOYS

0-1

1-2

(7.) A-Team

0-1

0-2

(8.) 5ManMidas

0-2

0-4

South America

Week 1 match results

Beastcoast 2-0 EgoBoys

SG Esports 2-1 NoPing Esports

Latam Defenders 2-1 EgoBoys

Infamous 2-0 Thunder Predator

Beastcoast 2-0 Team Unknown

Beastcoast had a perfect start in the South American league with two clean wins in the first week of competition. Thunder Predator was surprisingly swept by Infamous, however, which could mean the race towards the top of the region may be much closer than expected.

Standings

(Placement) Team

Match score

Game score

(1.) Beastcoast

2-0

4-0

(2.) Infamous

1-0

2-0

(3.) Latam Defenders

1-0

2-1

(4.) SG Esports

1-0

2-1

(5.) NoPing Esports

0-1

1-2

(6.) Team Unknown

0-1

0-2

(7.) Thunder Predator

0-1

0-2

(8.) EgoBoys

0-2

1-4

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