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Post TI shuffle: who will dominate the upcoming DPC season

Publish Date:05/11/2021
Fact checked by: James Leeland

After one of the biggest upsets in The International history, it's that time of the year again where teams chop and change like the weather to try and find that perfect new synergy in their squads. After Team Spirit’s famous TI10 win there is no doubt their roster will remain unchanged but what about the rest of the teams? 

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Quincy Crew replace 3 players

The NA region of Dota 2 has already seen some pretty major changes as Quincy Crew have replaced 3 of their players. After finishing in a disappointing 9th-12 at The International, Quincy Crew have parted ways with Rodrigo "Leslão" Santos and support duo Arif "MSS" Anwar and Avery "LoA" Silverman. That leaves only Quinn “CcNC” Callahan and Yawar “YawaR” Hassan from the original roster.

The new players on the squad include the stalwarts “MiLAN” and “KheZu” who are joined by Singaporean Dota 2 player “ponlo”. The squad are as of yet untested in competition but there are high hopes for this new look Quincy Crew squad heading into the new DPC season. How well they will do in the NA region remains to be seen but with the balance of talent and experience they now possess, things are looking up for Quincy Crew.

Zai leaves Team Secret

The real story to break from the post-TI shuffle has undoubtedly been offlaner Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg’s move from Team Secret to Team Liquid. Zai has just had one of his most successful TI runs with Team Secret as they finished 3rd overall. Secret has been a powerhouse in previous DPC seasons but always seemed to fall short when it came to The International. The reasons for Zai moving on from a team he has been with for 3 years remain unclear but he seems to have parted from the team on good terms.

The real question now remains, who is Zai replacing at Team Liquid? There has been no news on a player moving out of the Liquid squad but the obvious candidate would be “Boxi” as he is the current offlaner in the squad. Whether Zai will change position and replace someone else or replace Boxi remains to be seen but time will tell in the coming days who will be making way for the superstar Swede.

Our odds on favorites for the DPC season

There is still plenty of drama to unfold in the off season as more players are looking to jump ship to find a new experience. With that said, we still have a few ideas for what teams are likely to dominate the DPC this season. Assuming the format remains the same, we are picking Secret as our favorite to continue their domination in the EU region. Our dark horse, a team who narrowly missed out on going to TI, is Tundra. “Fata” and his team looked phenomenal leading up to TI and will no doubt carry that momentum into the new season. Our odds on favorites and dark horses for the other regions are as follows:

China: favorite: PSG.LGD, outside chance: iG.

SEA: favorite: T1, outside chance: SMG

South America: favorite: Beastcoast, outside chance: Thunder Predator

NA: favorite: EG, outside chance: Quicy Crew

CIS: favorite: Team Spirit, outside chance: Virtus Pro

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