WePlay Esports AniMajor will take place from June 2 to 13 without spectators
Ukrainian tournament organizer WePlay Esports will be hosting the second and final Major of the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit behind closed doors from June 2 to 13.
The WePlay AniMajor will feature 18 teams, $500,000, and 2,700 valuable DPC points, WePlay announced today. Unfortunately, while it will not feature spectators due to the pandemic despite the gradual rollout of vaccines worldwide.
The 2021 DPC season, shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will conclude following this Major. The 12 top teams by DPC points are directly invited to TI10, while the remaining teams in each of the six regional leagues will play a last-gasp qualifier, striving to eliminate all other contenders for the singular slot per region.
The AniMajor will be WePlay’s first Dota 2 Major, and second DPC event overall. The TO is known to infuse their competitions with a unique theme and style, going all-in on its productions.
Starting with the top seeds, only one team retained their spot while the remainder are all newly crowned regional champions. Virtus Pro are still the top team in the CIS, while Alliance, Team Aster, T1, Quincy Crew, and NoPing e-sports all took the win in their respective regions for the first time.
Beyond the top seeding, three different regions also have new teams that are making their first appearance at a Major this season.
SEA had the biggest turnover, with Fnatic failing to qualify after being the region’s top seed after season one. The team did underperform at the Singapore Major, failing to win a single series and being eliminated by Neon Esports.
Execration beat Fnatic in a tiebreaker game for the third seed, while T1 jumped to the top seed after defeating TNC Predator in their own tiebreaker matchup, meaning TNC were pushed to the second seed. Neon also missed the cut despite a fantastic run at the last Major.
At the time of writing, China is the only region with matches that relate to Major seeding still in play, but both Vici Gaming and PSG.LGD are guaranteed a spot regardless of the result. That means both Elephant and EHOME are among the teams who were projected to perform well at the start of the DPC who have failed to appear at a single Major, along with the likes of OG in EU.