The end is not the end in the Dota Pro Circuit.
Just ask the five teams in DPC WEU Tour 2 Division 1, where tiebreakers are almost guaranteed to be played out. After the madness that was three separate rounds of mirror matches in Tour 1, Dota’s most competitive region enters its last two matchdays with one Berlin Major qualification and two relegation spots are still on the table.
Current standings for DPC WEU Tour 2 Division 1
Four teams — Entity, Monaspa, Nigma Galaxy, and OG — are tied for fifth with a 2-4 record, while Ooredoo Thunders is ahead of the pack with a 3-3 record.
|STANDINGS||TEAM||GAME RECORD||MATCH RECORD|
|1st||Team Liquid||10 — 3||5 — 1|
|2nd||Gaimin Gladiators||9 — 5||4 — 2|
|2nd||Tundra Esports||4 — 4||4 — 2|
|4th||Ooredoo Thunders||6 — 7||3 — 3|
|5th||Entity||4 — 9||2 — 4|
|5th||Monaspa||5 — 8||2 — 4|
|5th||Nigma Galaxy||6 — 8||2 — 4|
|5th||OG||4 — 8||2 — 4|
Ooredoo Thunders might shock DPC WEU Tour 2 Division 1
|Nigma Galaxy||9 p.m. GMT +8 | 1 p.m. GMT | 6 a.m. PT||Gaimin Gladiators|
|Team Liquid||April 1, 12 a.m. GMT +8 | 4 p.m. GMT | 9 a.m. PT||Ooredoo Thunders|
|Monaspa||April 1, 3 a.m. GMT +8 | 7 p.m. GMT | 12 p.m. PT||Tundra Esports|
|OG||April 3, 3 a.m. GMT +8 | 7 p.m. GMT | 12 p.m. PT||Entity|
No matter where the dominoes fall, there will be tiebreakers. One series will be the difference between continuing to fight for a spot at the Berlin Major, or their very survival in Division I.
The last two days of competition will see all eight teams playing each other. Only one team truly has their fate in their own hands — surprise package Ooredoo Thunders, the recently-promoted team who have so far claimed the scalps of Gaimin Gladiators, Tundra Esports, and Entity. All three teams were part of the top four last Tour, attending the Lima Major. But their next match might be their toughest test yet.
Enter Team Liquid, arguably the best team in the world. Continuing with their blazing form, the Western Europe squad has secured yet another Major qualification with a stellar 5-1 record, on track to claim another first place in the Regional League. It’ll be hard to argue against Liquid here — but it isn’t the last chance for Ooredoo Thunders.
The very last series of the DPC will have sky-high stakes. Even if Ooredoo Thunders do not win against Team Liquid, one of OG and Entity will guarantee a tiebreaker for Major.
Whichever of Nigma and Monaspa could potentially join the party if they win against Gaimin Gladiators and Tundra respectively, who have not looked impervious. But, if only one team loses, they’ll be relegated — along with whoever loses the OG-Entity series. Should both teams fall, Nigma and Monaspa will have to tread carefully in best-of-one, three-way tiebreakers for relegation.