Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Heads To Peru For Lima Major 2023
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Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) Heads To Peru For Lima Major 2023

Lima Major 2023 is an upcoming Dota 2 Major and the first international Dota 2 tournament of the year. It will take place at Arena 1 in Lima, Peru, and welcome 18 teams from all six regions, vying for the lion’s share of the $500,000 prize pool and 1,900 DPC points.

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Lima Major 2023 Format & Schedule

Lima Major 2023 will kick off on February 22 and run until March 5 at Arena 1 in Lima, Peru. As the first Major of the DPC 2023 season, it will offer just 1,900 DPC points in total (400 for the champions) and a $500,000 prize pool, divided between the top eight teams.

  • Date: February 22 – March 5
  • Venue: Arena 1 in Lima, Peru
  • Where to Watch: Twitch, YouTube

Lima Major 2023 format will be no different to the style used in other DPC Majors, including the most recent PGL Arlington Major 2022. 18 Dota 2 teams will be divided into two groups of nine, where they’ll compete in a single round-robin format, with all matches played as best-of-two (Bo2).

The top four teams from each group will advance to the upper bracket of the playoffs, fifth and sixth-place teams will advance to the lower bracket, while the remaining squads (7th, 8th, 9th) will get eliminated.

The group stage will run for five days (February 22-26), followed by the playoffs, set to kick off on February 28. The playoffs will be a double-elimination bracket, with all matches except for the grand finals played as best-of-three (Bo3). The finals will be best-of-five (Bo5) without a map advantage for the upper bracket team.

Besides earning their share of the $500,000 prize pool, the top eight teams will also collect DPC points, starting at 100 for the seventh and eighth-placed teams and up to 400 DPC points for the champions.

European Teams Lead The Way

The outright esports betting markets on Lima Major 2023 show what we would’ve expected, with two Western European (WEU) teams in Team Liquid (3.75 at bet365) and Tundra Esports (6.50 at bet365) leading the way as the main favourites.

Behind the two are BetBoom Team (7.00 at bet365), and Gaimin Gladiators (8.00 at bet365), for a total of four European Dota 2 teams (3x WEU, 1x EEU) sitting at the top of the outright markets. PSG.LGD, who have been long regarded as one of the top Dota 2 teams in the world, are tied with Team Aster, Shopify Rebellion, and Team Spirit as 9.00 (at bet365) outsiders.

Moving down the list are Knights (13.00 at bet365) and Entity (15.00 at bet365) as two teams that could do some damage, followed by EHOME (13.00 at bet365), Execration (51.00 at bet365), TSM (67.00 at bet365), beastcoast (67.00 at bet365), Evil Geniuses (101.00 at bet365), Talon Esports (151.00 at bet365), HellRaisers (201.00 at bet365), and Geek Slate (201.00 at bet365).

Oddly, we’re getting Evil Geniuses at much shorter odds with Pinnacle (22.23), which may have to do with the fact that EG are the home crowd’s favourites. Although an NA-based esports organisation, EG moved its Dota 2 division to South America for the 2023 season, signing some of the top talents in the region, formerly of beastcoast, who placed top eight at The International 2022.

It’s entirely possible to see Evil Geniuses outperform the expectations with the help of the crowd, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll manage to stand up against the likes of Liquid, Tundra, BetBoom, and even PSG.LGD.

Lima Major 2023 Betting Odds Comparison

Team / BookmakerBet365PinnacleGG.Bet
Team Liquid3.753.543.75
Tundra Esports6.506.226.50
BetBoom Team7.006.797.00
Gaimin Gladiators8.007.158.00
Team Aster9.009.599.00
Shopify Rebellion9.0010.169.00
Team Spirit9.0014.309.00
Evil Geniuses101.0022.23101.00
Talon Esports151.00114.16151.00
Geek Slate201.00114.16201.00

First Dota 2 Major In Peru – Esports’ Expansion Into LATAM

Lima Major 2023 will mark the first DPC Major in history to take place in Peru and the first to be held in South America. This is hardly a surprising move by Valve, after strong showings from South American teams in international Dota 2 tournaments over the last years.

In 2019, Infamous placed seventh-eighth at The International and last year, we saw Thunder Awaken make a huge splash in Singapore with a top-six finish, losing only to Team Liquid and Team Secret, who finished the tournament in third and second place. South American teams also succeeded in Major tournaments in 2022, with three teams finishing in the top six.

Even across other esports titles, including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Valorant, South American teams are starting to make noise, with all three titles hosting at least one big event in LATAM this year.

Whether moving Big Events outside of Europe and into South America really is a move inspired by the teams’ achievements or an attempt to bring esports closer to newer regions is up for debate. But we can be sure that there will be plenty more esports events hosted in LATAM this and in the upcoming years.

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