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DreamLeague Season 11 is the third major tournament of the 2018/19 season. Teams will compete for a prize of 1 000 000 USD and 15 000 DPC points. The tournament is located in Stockholm, 14th – 24th of Match.

DreamLeague Season 11 Preview

15 teams qualified through regional qualifiers and one team qualifies as a winner of StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor, the event will be hosted from 7th to 10th of March.

Initial Details

Dates: 2019-03-14 – 2019-03-24
Organizer: DreamHack
Type: Offline, LAN
Location and Venue:Stockholm, Anexxet
Teams: 16
Prize pool: $1,000,000
Pro Circuit Points: 15,000
Pro Circuit Tier: Major

Format

Qualifier

A total of fifteen teams qualify through regional qualifiers. Three of them from Europe, three from China, three from North America and two teams each from Southeast Asia, South America and CIS
One additional team qualifies as the champion of StarLadder ImbaTV Minor.

Group Stage

March 14th – March 15th, 2019
A total of 16 teams are divided in four groups. Four teams in each group.

GSL double-elimination format:
– The top two teams advance to the upper bracket of the playoffs.
– The bottom two teams advance to the lower bracket of the playoffs.

Playoffs

– March 16th – March 24th, 2019
Playoffs would last for eight days and the final three days would be in front of a live crowd.
A total of 16 teams play in a double-elimination format. Eight teams begin in the upper bracket, while the other eight teams will begin in the lower bracket.

Teams That Qualified:

Europe:

Team Secret

Sharing with Virtus.pro first place on DPC list, won last major ( The Chongqing Major ), and already secured their invite to TI 9.

Ninjas in Pyjamas – After some time, NiP is back to Dota 2, this fairly new team consists of well-known and top tier players, they are getting good results across all tournaments and they are still getting better and better.

Team Liquid – After winning TI 7, and not that good TI 8 placement, Team Liquid is struggling, they still didn’t have good placement on any major or minor tournament this season.

CIS

Virtus.pro – V.P. Secured their invite to TI 9, this team is constantly dominating for three seasons, and are always getting top results, with Team Secret, they are favorites for winning this major

Natus Vincere – After a series of disappointing results, this team had huge roster change and we can finally watch them at major.

China

PSG.LGD – After getting 2nd place at TI 8, this team is still getting good results, currently the best China team.

EHOME – After a long time, this team is back, they had huge roster changes, but I think it paid off, this season they won The Bucharest Minor, and had great results in qualifiers for this major.

Keen Gaming – This is a new team that is getting good results, but desperately needs DPC points to secure TI 9.

Southeast Asia

Fnatic – A team that is constantly winning in SEA qualifiers, but they still need better results against other top tier teams.

Mineski – With 0 DPC points, they really don’t have a good season so far, but they were really good in DreamLeague SEA qualifiers, so we might expect some good results here.

North America

Evil Geniuses – The top NA team that is getting better and better, always dominating against other NA teams, and getting great results on majors.

J.Storm – A fresh new team that came out of Team VGJ, but they didn’t attend to a lot of tournaments, so we still have to see how far can they go.

Forward Gaming – The new esports organization that signed former VGJ.Storm roster.

South America

Chaos Esports Club – They have a brand new roster at the beginning of 2019 with some well-known players.

Infamous – This team just like Mineski, desperately need some DPC points.

What to Expect

Team Secret and Virtus.pro are definitely favourites at DreamLeague Season 11, followed by Evil Geniuses and PSG.LGD. But, there might be some surprises. Fans are still waiting for Team Liquid to come back to their form. On the other side, Ninjas in Pyjamas are showing some potential, even though, they are either good on majors or they are extremely bad. Also, it will be interesting to see who might get their first DPC points. Only 12 teams will be directly invited to The International 9 and others have to go through regional qualifiers.