The most recent DPC season came to a thrilling climax with complete underdogs Team Spirit claimed the Aegis of the Immortals at the International 10. It was the culmination of what is still a fairly new look DPC season with teams only being able to compete against other teams in their region for large parts of the season. This format will be stuck to for the upcoming DPC season but with a few tweaks to the number of majors in the schedule and with the addition of a last ditch tournament for teams to still claim a spot at TI.
Valve have recently released some information pertaining to the format of the upcoming DPC season and we can already see how things are shaping up. The changes to the DPC season will revolve around 3 majors, 3 regional leagues and a last tournament of the season for teams that were in and around the qualifying spots for TI to battle it out for the final slots.
Fans and players will get to see the changes to the DPC in action as the season kicks things off on the 29th of November 2021. We are less than a week out from the season starting, as teams who were taking part in rooster shuffles had to lock their rosters on the 23rd of November. That means that there will be no more musical chairs for players who are still looking to sign up to a team for the regional leagues.
In the past, fans and players of Dota 2 had to settle for one battle pass every year that coincided with the International. We saw the introduction of an additional battle pass this year that was largely in response to the International being postponed due to the pandemic. However, Valve have now decided to run with that first iteration and give it another go with a battle pass being planned for release for the regional leagues. Fear not though, as players will still be able to get their hands on an International specific battle pass as well. That means players are now able to cash in on tons of fun stuff twice in the year.
In addition to all the cosmetics and the bells and whistles, players will also be able to take part in more frequent fantasy play. Valve has introduced fantasy playing cards in the game where players can select weekly rosters. These rosters will then accrue points that can lead to bigger and better rewards for your battle pass. Players can also simply compete for the prestige of ranking higher than their friends as well.
All we can say for sure, is that the DPC season is shaping up to be an exciting one. With superstar roster changes, major Valve changes to the seasonal format and the anictipation of exciting battel passes, Dota fans are in for a treat in the coming months.