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DreamLeague Season 23: Format, Schedule, Teams, And More

DreamLeague Season 23: Format, Schedule, Teams, And More

Dota 2
18 May
Harrison Htet

DreamLeague Season 23 is a few days away. The tournament will be the last pit stop for teams at ESL Pro Tour Season 2 before the start of The Riyadh Masters 2024. This online tournament hosts a million-dollar prize pool.

DreamLeague Season 23 will begin on May 20, after PGL Wallachai Season 1 concludes. Without further ado, here's the DreamLeague Season 23  preview, containing its schedule, formats, and teams.

ESL One fans (Image Source: ESLDota2)

What Is DreamLeague Season 23?

DreamLeague S21 YT thumbnail ESL One's DreamLeague tournaments are amongst the most watched tournaments in Dota 2.
(Image Source: Twitter.@ESLDota2)

DreamLeague Season 23 is the twenty-third iteration of the online tournament hosted by ESL One. It is part of ESL Pro Tour Season 2. DreamLeague Season 23 is also the last chance for teams to collect valuable EPT points to qualify for the upcoming 2024 iteration of The Riyadh Masters at the Esports World Cup.

The Participating Teams

DreamLeague Season 23 The graphic of teams participating in ESL One DreamLeague Season 23.
Image Source: Twitter.@ESLDota2

DreamLeague Season 23 will be an online tournament like the previous iterations of the DreamLeagues. Twelve teams will participate in this online tournament. Among those twelve teams, four teams are from EPT leaderboards. The rest found their way through the qualifiers.

The four teams from EPT Leaderboards are as follows:

BetBoom Team

Xtreme Gaming

Gaimin Gladiators

Team Falcons

The following teams qualified for the tournament through the qualifiers.

Western Europe

Team Liquid

Tundra Esports

Eastern Europe

Natus Vincere





Azure Ray


Southeast Asia



North America

Shopify Rebellion


South America



Every region received a slot for the tournament except for Western Europe which got two slots.

Team Spirit Are DreamLeague Season 21 Champions Credits: Twitter/@ESLDota2 Team Spirit won the previous tournament, DreamLeague Season 21 Champions (Credits: Twitter/@ESLDota2)

Tournament Format, Group, and Schedule

DreamLeague Season 20 The panel set up at the DreamLeague Season 20. (Image Source: Twitter.@ESLDota2)

DreamLeague Season 23 follows a tournament format similar to the previous iterations of the tournament, but there's a catch. DreamLeague Season 23 only features a single group stage, then straight into the playoffs.

DreamLeague Season 23 A graphic of the groups at DreamLeague Season 23. (Image Source: Twitter.@ESLDota2)

During the group stage, there will be two groups, each featuring six teams. The top two teams from each group will advance to the upper bracket. Third and fourth-placing teams will go to the lower bracket, while the remaining teams will get eliminated. All the matches played during the group stages will be Best of twos (Bo2).

The groups 

The following are the groups for the DreamLeague Season 23.

Group A                                                                 Group B 

Aurora                                                                    Azure Ray

Gaimin Gladiators                                             BetBoom Team

Heroic                                                                     Natus Vincere

PSG Quest                                                              Shopify Rebellion

Team Liquid                                                          Team Falcons

Xtreme Gaming                                                    Tundra Esports


Team Falcons win ESL One Birmingham Team Falcons lifting ESL One Birmingham 2024 trophy. (Image Source: Twitter.@ESLDota2)

The Playoffs

The playoffs of DreamLeague Season 23 will feature a double-elimination bracket. All the series during the playoffs will be Best of Threes (Bo3s). The grand final will be a best-of-five series. The double elimination gives some advantage to the teams starting from the upper bracket as the lower bracket will act as a safety net when they lose an upper bracket series. They can still find their way to the grand-finals through the lower bracket.

Team Falcons ESL One Birmingham 2024 Will Team Falcons face a defeat at DreamLeague Season 23? (Credits: ESL One)

The playoffs will begin after the group stage. It will last a total of four days. The playoffs will start on May 23rd through May 26th.

DreamLeague Season 22 Prize Pool and EPT Points Distribution

The trophy of ESL One Birmingham 2024. The trophy at one of the tournaments hosted by ESL One. (Credits: ESL One)

Being part of ESL Pro Tour Season 2, DreamLeague Season 23 will award EPT points to participating teams on their placement. You can find the prize pool and the EPT points distribution below.

Placement          Winnings                EPT Points

1st                          $300,000                 6000

2nd                       $175,000                   5000

3rd                       $120,000                   4000

4th                       $ 85,000                    3200

5th-6th               $ 57,500                     2200

7th-8th               $ 47,500                     1000

9th-10th            $ 30,000                       500

11th-12th           $ 25,000                        250

Talents and Where to Watch

ESL One tournaments are known for their production quality, and they're not holding back on DreamLeague Season 23 either. The tournament will feature many beloved Dota 2 talents working on and behind the scenes to bring a captivating experience for the audience at home. Below, you can check out the list of English talent working for the tournament.


Jorien "Sheever" van der Heijden

Neal "Tsunami" Khandheria



Brian "BSJ" Canavan

Mira "Ephey" Riad

Clinton "Fear" Loomis

Maurice "KheZu" Gutmann

Kevin "Purge" Godec


Remote Talents

Nicolas "Gunnar" Lopez

Simon "Handsken" Haag

John "johnxfire" Nathan Fernandez

Connor "Mathmagician10" Chapman

Mike "MLPDotA" Le Phoenix

Jared "Nomad" Bajina

Richie "SeekNStrike" Garcia

Daniel "Stormstormer" Schoetzau

Chan "WinteR" Litt Binn



Austin "Cap" Walsh

Ioannis "Fogged" Loucas

Owen "ODPixel" Davies

Jake "SirActionSlacks" Kanner

Avery "SVG" Silverman

Troels Lyngholt "syndereN" Nielsen


The tournament will be live-streamed on ESL One's Twitch and YouTube channels. At maximum, there will be four simultaneous streams. You can also follow the latest updates on the tournament on our website.

Featured Image Source: ESL One

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