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With another exciting Dota 2 event in the books, the picture of this year’s Dota Pro Circuit and the upcoming TI11 mega-event became just a little clearer. With Team Spirit’s hard-fought triumph over PSG.LGD, with a run that was reminiscent of their legendary victory at the previous edition of The International, they’ve secured their spot in Singapore, and with it, a chance to defend their title, OG-Style. We at Bitsler are also hard at work, gearing for the exciting conclusion of the season, bringing new features to bear, including the long-requested in-play odds and the opportunity to lock in your winnings and cash out before the game even concludes.

In-play odds and cashout: Bitsler’s newest features

Our recent wallet update allows you to deposit to a single address regardless of which cryptocurrency option (ETH, ETC, BNB, BUSD and USDT (erc-20)) you prefer. That’s one less thing for you to manage, making your account setup both quicker and easier! If you were tracking the DPC action at Bitsler, you likely saw the rapidly fluctuating in-play odds that closely tracked the ebb and flow of the gameplay. One of the best reasons to bet at Bitsler is to take advantage of our in-play odds: our unmatched uptime means that you can make a wager during a game for an extended period of time. To let you take full advantage of this, you are now able to lock in your winnings in the middle of a match at the odds given at the time, so you don’t have to sweat and stress throughout the rest of the exciting Dota 2 series!

Everything you need to know about Dota Majors

If you’re new to the world of competitive Dota 2, it might be a bit confusing at first to figure out just how big a deal it is to win a DPC Major. DPC stands for Dota Pro Circuit, the annual collection of officially sanctioned Dota 2 events where good performances will award you with DPC points. The modern DPC comprises six different online leagues across the six main regions (Europe, North America, CIS, China, Southeast Asia and South America), each with an upper and a lower division. The former pits the region’s elite against one another and offers tons of DPC points and direct qualification slots for the upcoming LAN Majors. Meanwhile, the teams in the lower division, much like in traditional sports, are looking for a chance to get up there with the big boys. The two worst-performing teams of the upper division are relegated at the end of each season to make room for new teams. The Majors are prestigious LAN events that offer even more DPC points and prize money, pitting teams from all around the world against one another in an offline setting to find out who’s the best Dota 2 team. In these times, cancellations and visa issues are sadly a regular part of these events, but it’s a testament to the resilience of esports that we’re able to run at least some of the large international events that we used to in pre-pandemic times. In the end, the twelve teams that earn the most DPC points throughout the season across the online leagues and the offline Majors earn an automatic invitation to The International, a humongous end-of-season showdown that is the biggest tournament across the entirety of eSports.

The International: the event that tops all Dota 2 Majors

Courtesy of a mostly crowdfunded prize pool and an extremely top-heavy distribution, we’re talking about truly life-changing sums of money here. Last year’s TI offered just over $40 million in total, with $18.2 million going to the winners, Team Spirit. A strong run at TI immediately wipes out all concerns about a team’s performances during the regular season and it could earn them one of the biggest possible paydays in esports. Team Spirit’s victory at TI10 was nothing short of incredible, even in a competition that is famous for legendary runs and unbelievable upsets: the CIS squad came into the event as one of the last-chance regional qualifiers, struggled in the group stages and had to play from a cramped hotel room, then lost the first playoff match only to turn on the jets and complete an epic lower bracket run for the ages, culminating in a monstrous 3-2 series win over PSG.LGD to etch their names into Dota 2 history and onto the Aegis of Champions. And now here they come again, winning the PGL Arlington Major with another grand final triumph over PSG.LGD.

The PGL Arlington Major, recapped: storylines and results

As is usual at big Dota 2 events, the group stage mostly served as a seeding exercise, with six of the teams making it through to the playoffs from each of the two nine-team round-robin brackets. As a sign of the times, there was drama even before the event began: Xtreme Gaming had to withdraw altogether due to visa issues, leaving Group B with just eight teams. Many other individual players failed to make it to the Major, and Fnatic were granted a special exemption to play with three substitutes, since Enzo “Timado” O’Connor, Jonathan “Bryle” Guia and Kim “DuBu” Doo-young all failed to secure US visas. Despite Dota esports’ perchance for upsets, the group stage was a proper prologue for the playoffs. RNG, Team Liquid, EG and beastcoast barely squeaked into the lower bracket and all but one of them were immediately eliminated. The sole exception, beastcoast, beat out Fnatic in a knife fight of a matchup and snatched their TI spot in the process by the narrowest of margins. Their success in the next round against Outsiders meant that Evil Geniuses also made it to TI11 despite their early elimination in Arlington.

The Upper Bracket Teams Dominate in 2022

In the upper bracket semis, PSG.LGD knocked down OG and Team Spirit swiftly dealt with Team Aster, setting up a rematch of the TI10 grand finals in the upper bracket final. This time, the Chinese team won with a 2-0 score, forcing Team Spirit to deal with a resurgent Team Aster side who were looking to embark on an epic comeback run of their own. It wasn’t to be as the CIS squad edged past them in the lower bracket final with a score of two to one, roaring back for revenge against PSG.LGD. Team Spirit won the grand finals handily, 3-1, with a strong performance that suggests they’re getting back to their finest of forms just as the most important event of the calendar is getting ever closer. With these results in the books, we now know that the following teams have qualified for TI11:
  • PSG.LGD (CN)
  • OG (EU)
  • Team Spirit (CIS)
  • beastcoast (SA)
  • Team Aster (CN)
  • Thunder Awaken (SA)
  • BOOM Esports (SEA)
  • TSM (NA)
  • Tundra Esports (EU)
  • Gaimin Gladiators (EU)
  • Evil Geniuses (NA)
  • Outsiders (CIS)
This, of course, isn’t the end of the story: there are eight more spots in total to play for, as this year’s TI will feature 20 teams instead of the usual 18. The regional last chance qualifiers will offer up six slots for the teams that failed to make it at the first time of asking – and for the first time, the second- and third-place finishers from these qualifiers will get a chance to duke it out against each other to earn one of the final two qualification spots. This means that there’s still a chance for fan favorites and regular TI fixtures to book their spot. Fnatic get another bite at the cherry, much like RNG, Team Secret, EHOME and T1. The Last Chance Qualifiers will run between October 8 to October 12, setting up the epic TI action immediately after, which will run from October 15 to 30, 2022.

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