$1 Million On The Line For Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 19
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$1 Million On The Line For Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 19

DreamLeague Season 19 is an online Dota 2 tournament set to kick off on Sunday, April 19. It will welcome 16 Dota 2 teams from six regions, battling it out over 15 days for a ticket leading to Riydah Masters and the lion’s share of the $1,000,000 prize pool.

DreamLeague Season 19 Format & Schedule

DreamLeague Season 19 is an online tournament which will kick off on Sunday, April 9 and conclude two weeks later, on April 23, with a best-of-five (Bo5) grand finals. It’ll mark the 19th season of DreamLeague, but the first international tournament hosted by the Swedish organiser since DreamLeague Season 13 in 2020.

  • Date: April 9-23
  • Venue: online
  • Where to Watch: YouTube, Twitch

DreamLeague Season 19 will be divided into three stages, starting with the group stage, which will run from April 9 to April 12.

The 16 participating Dota 2 teams will be divided into two single round-robin groups of eight, with all matches as best-of-two. The top four teams will advance to the second group stage, while the remaining teams get eliminated.

The second group stage (April 14-20) will have just one single round-robin group with eight teams. All matches will be played as best-of-three (Bo3), with the top two teams advancing to the upper bracket of the playoffs, third and fourth-placed teams will proceed to the lower bracket of the playoffs, while the remaining four get eliminated.

The Playoffs will kick off on April 22, featuring the remaining four teams seeded in a double-elimination bracket. All matches, except for the grand final, are Bo3, with the final played as a best-of-five (Bo5).

Western European Team On Top (Again)

The last big Dota 2 event (Lima Major 2023) was won by Gaimin Gladiators, who beat Team Liquid in the finals, which solidified Western Europe as the strongest Dota 2 region of the season. So unsurprisingly, esports bookmakers have priced three Western European Dota 2 teams with the shortest odds to come out on top.

Team Liquid (3.16 at Pinnacle) lead the outright betting markets, followed by the reigning The International champions Tundra Esports (4.63) and Lima Major 2023 champions Gaimin Gladiators (4.91at Pinnacle) in third.

Behind the leading three, there’s a long list of teams that could impress, including Shopify Rebellion (9.73), Nigma Galaxy (11.03), Team Spirit (11.53), and Team Aster (13.03). Yet they all enter DreamLeague S19 with an asterisk as they either hail from a weaker region, have struggled domestically or made a change (Nigma Galaxy).

And then, there’s the rest in TSM, OG, Talon Esports, Evil Geniuses, Entity, beastcoast, Execration, and nouns, who are the leading candidates to crash out early as they simply don’t have the talent to compete at the top level. There’s always a chance that an underdog will impress; however, this season, there’s a massive gap between the best Dota 2 teams and the rest, so there’s not much to say about the offered betting odds.

DreamLeague Season 19 Betting Odds Comparison 2023

Team / BookmakerPinnacleGG.Bet
Team Liquid3.164.10
Tundra Esports4.634.50
Gaimin Gladiators4.914.00
Shopify Rebellion9.7314.00
Nigma Galaxy11.0350.00
Team Spirit 11.5310.00
Team Aster13.0313.00
ex-HellRaisers16.0420.00
TSM17.0417.00
OG19.0540.00
Talon Esports25.0620.00
Evil Geniuses26.0626.00
Entity34.0837.00
beastcoast51.1245.00
Execration66.1580.00
nouns151.3151.00

Another WEU Show?

Western European teams have been on top of the competitive Dota 2 scene for over half a year. Since OG won ESL One Malaysia 2022 in August, we have seen two Western European Dota 2 teams in the finals across the following two big events, including The International (Tundra v Liquid) and Lima Major (GG vs Liquid).

Those results don’t guarantee that Western Europe will continue to dominate, but we’ve yet to see any other region step up. China lost much of its power in late 2022, North America hasn’t been on top in forever, and any other region just doesn’t have the talent to compete.

So barring any major upsets, Team Liquid, Gaimin Gladiators, and Tundra Esports will be the teams to beat, but realistically, this looks like Team Liquid’s tournament to lose.

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