DreamLeague 13 Leipzig Major Preview
The first big Dota 2 tournament of 2020 is about to begin, so let’s do a somewhat quick DreamLeague 13 Leipzig Major preview to see what’s in store and who has the biggest chance of leaving a mark. This tournament is an important one. It’ll pit some of the best teams in the world against each other, in a meta that’s both unexplored and exciting.
Because there’s no one definitive way to play the game right now, teams are still experimenting. There’s quite a fair bit of uncertainty. That said, patch 7.23 isn’t nearly as hard to figure out as it was upon release. Priority picks have been established. Everyone’s already used to a more fast-paced style of play, which means teams will fight on a somewhat even footing.
There’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s start!
DreamLeague 13 Leipzig Major Preview | Tournament Format
Sixteen teams will compete in the Group Stage beginning on January 18th. Each region has at least two representatives, and the last 16th slot awarded to the winner of the WePlay! Bukovel Minor that just concluded.
The Group Stage will last for two days with each match in a Best of 3 format. As always, the top two teams from each group will advance to the Upper Bracket, whereas the bottom two go into the Lower Bracket. The playoffs will then start on January 21st with a classic double-elimination format. Finally, the Grand Finals will pit two of the best teams in a Best of 5 that’s bound to bring fireworks.
Also, the last three days of the playoffs will be played in front of a live audience at the Leipzig Trade Fair venue (also known as Leipzig Messe).
DreamLeague 13 Leipzig Major Preview | Prize Pool Distribution
The total $1 million prize pool will be distributed the following way:
The money is certainly nice, but it’s the DPC points that teams want to attain. This is the second Major of the season and things are moving at a rapid pace. We’re nearly at the halfway point of the season. Teams need to step up if they want to lock down a spot at The International in August.
DreamLeague 13 Leipzig Major Preview | Teams Overview
There are many titans of competitive Dota competing at this tournament, although not all of them carry the same momentum. Some have adapted to the Outlanders patch and are already reaping the rewards. Others, however, still need a bit of time to acclimate. What is for certain, however, is that the majority of the 16 teams participating all have what it takes to compete at the highest of levels.
In other words, if you’re a fan of professional Dota, the Leipzig Major is an absolute must-watch. The fact that the meta still isn’t set in stone is even more reason to get excited. Upsets are bound to happen. All of this should make for one of the best and most competitive tournaments of the year.
Let’s take a quick look at the groups:
Each group is balanced overall, and it’s not particularly hard to predict the outcome with a solid amount of confidence.
- Group A: 1. TNC Predator; 2. Team Nigma; 3. Fnatic; 4. Team Aster
- Group B: 1. Vici Gaming; 2. Team Secret; 3. Beastcoast; 4. Chaos E.C.
- Group C: 1. Alliance; 2. Invictus Gaming; 3. Virtus.Pro; 4. Reality Rift
- Group D: 1. Evil Geniuses; 2. Team Liquid; 3. Natus Vincere; 4.
S Tier: TNC Predator, Invictus Gaming, Vici Gaming, Team Secret, Evil Geniuses
What an absolute treat. While these are all behemoths, they’re not entering the tournament with equal amounts of hype. TNC Predator dominated beyond measure at the Chengdu Major, but disappointed at the recent ONE Esports Invitational. They failed to adapt to patch 7.23, and their play certainly took a hit. Despite this, they’re still one of the best teams around and will be looking for redemption in Leipzig.
As for Team Secret, they’ll have their full line-up this time around, which should elevate their play and team cohesion. Will it be enough, however? Will we see their triumphant return after a somewhat underwhelming start to the season? It’s impossible to know now, but they certainly deserve our benefit of the doubt.
Invictus Gaming, on the other hand, already had an excellent (and somewhat unexpected) showing at the Chengdu Major, with a third-place finish behind TNC and Vici. They might not be the most dangerous team around, but they’re a very talented dark horse.
Vici Gaming and Evil Geniuses are, obviously, the clear-cut favorites. Their most recent performances have been very impressive. Vici went through every opponent put in front of them with relative ease en route to lifting the inaugural ONE Esports Invitational trophy. It was an absolute masterclass from start to finish. They’re aggressive, mechanically gifted and have shown no huge weakness (at least not when they’re in the zone). Whether they’ll pull off yet another incredible run in Leipzig remains to be seen, but the odds are stacked in their favor.
Evil Geniuses have also solidified their spot as an exceptional, highly dangerous roster that can trade heavy blows with anyone in the world. Expect them to leave a mark yet again.
A Tier: Team Nigma, Alliance, Virtus.Pro, Team Liquid
This is a complicated tier. These are exceptional teams and have already proven their worth in the recent past. Nigma is coming in hot after winning the Bukovel Minor, Alliance just had a fantastic showing at the ONE Esports Invitational in Singapore with a first-place finish in their group (over Team Secret, Virtus.Pro, and TNC Predator), and Virtus.Pro also surprised us with a very excellent showing at the same tournament.
Nigma didn’t have the stiffest opposition in Bukovel. Many felt they were on the brink of defeat against Royal Never Give Up in the finals. Alliance and Virtus.Pro also fell short in recent history. They tend to crumble against the best teams in the world. They’re not as flexible and lack stamina in comparison.
In short, these challengers have all the right tools to compete with the best, although they’re not predicted to go particularly deep into the tournament. Nigma might be the one exception as they have a metric ton of experience and veteran talent, although they have a very tough road ahead, nonetheless.
Team Liquid is also hard to read as they’re painfully inconsistent and their recent abysmal showing in Singapore, Their single win left a lot to be desired. That’s putting it mildly.
If anything, they all have a good chance of scoring huge upsets, both early in the tournament and in the playoffs as well.
B Tier: Natus Vincere, Fnatic, Team Aster, Beastcoast, Chaos E.C., Reality Shift, Pain Gaming
These are all solid teams. But, they lack the necessary oomph and star power to compete with the big dogs and leave a mark. They’re not bad by any means; they’re just not good enough. Finally, some of these are better than others. Fnatic, Team Aster, and Beastcoast stand out, but we’re still reserved and with good reason.
They might surprise us in small and nuanced ways but don’t expect much from them going forward.
DreamLeague 13 Leipzig Major Preview | Schedule
You can see the full tournament schedule by clicking here.
That’s it for our DreamLeague 13 Leipzig Major preview! Make sure to tune in on the 18th as the fight for glory in Leipzig is going to be one worth watching!