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Icefrog may not have released patch 7.20 yet, but that doesn’t stop the march of time. The first real tournaments of the 2019 DPC season are upon us.

At ESL One Hamburg, 12 of the top teams in the world meet to tune up for the Kuala Lumpur Major. According to the betting markets, Secret, EG and VP are the favorites. We don’t know who will win, but we DO know VP has won 3 of the last for ESL One events. And the MVP of this tournament will get a Mercedes.

Aden: “Why bother winning if you’re not going to get a Mercedes?”

At Dreamleague in Stockholm, 8 of the teams who didn’t qualify for the major meet to earn a pittance of DPC points. The winner will advance to the Kuala Lumpur Major. And now that Team Liquid has dropped out, it’s no longer a foregone conclusion who is going to win. According to the betting markets, RoyalNeverGiveup are the heavy favorites.

Also in this episode:

  • Notes on the online tournaments nobody has been watching
  • ESL One’s new executive Thomas Schmidt and what his hiring means for esports broadcasting
  • The DPC point distribution — everyone gets points, but the top 3 at the major get ⅔ of the points. Does that seem right?
  • What are some things we wish we had known when we started playing Dota?
  • Where do we get the information we use to make The Glimpse? (YOU WANT TO REVERSE ENGINEER THIS PODCAST. BE MY GUEST.)
  • Dendi standing in for Team Secret
  • Solo and Ramzes repping international brands, almost like they are pro athletes
  • Empire shuffling
  • Heen stepping down from Team Liquid
  • Aden’s breathtaking vision for a Dota 2 movie

Aden and Lorton