DreamLeague powered by Intel® returns in September with Season 21

12 of the world’s best Dota 2 teams from around the world to battle it out online for a $1,000,000 prize pool on September 18 – 24, 2023

24th August, 2023, Cologne/New York The ESL FACEIT Group (EFG), the leading esports and video game entertainment company, has today announced the 21st season of DreamLeague powered by Intel®. Building on ten years of Dota 2 esports legacy, the new season of the longest running professional Dota 2 league will see 12 top teams from around the globe battle it out for a $1,000,000 total prize pool on September 18 – 24.

With teams gathering in boot camps across Europe once more, the season will kick off with the Group Stage featuring two groups of six teams and a two-game series format. The top eight teams then proceed to the best-of-3, double-elimination Playoffs where the final two teams will face off against one another in the best-of-5 Grand Final to ultimately claim the coveted title and the $300,000 first prize.

The line-up of squads invited for DreamLeague Season 21 is:

  • Gaimin Gladiators
  • Team Spirit
  • Shopify Rebellion
  • Evil Geniuses
  • 9Pandas
  • BetBoom Team
  • Quest Esports
  • Team Liquid
  • Tundra Esports

Stay tuned as the final two teams will be announced in due course.

The Saturday night live of esports is back for another season!” said Shane Clarke, Director, Game Ecosystems – Dota 2 at EFG. “We’re incredibly excited to continue the ESL Pro Tour for Dota 2 journey and bring DreamLeague’s unprecedented online atmosphere to live again this September. With Season 21 being played on patch 7.34 and the last top-tier competition before TI12, it promises to be an even more electrifying battle as teams have the opportunity to gain additional tournament experience and finetune their skills.

DreamLeague Season 21 is part of the ESL Pro Tour (EPT) for Dota 2 which was announced earlier this year and combines EFG’s Dota 2 tournaments to give players, fans, and partners the opportunity to enjoy more Dota 2 competitions, featuring the best teams from different regions. The first season of the exciting circuit saw Gaimin Gladiators claim victory at DreamLeague Season 19 and Season 20, while Team Spirit was crowned EPT Champions after their win of Riyadh Masters at Gamers8.

DreamLeague Season 21 will be broadcast live on the ESL Dota 2 Twitch and YouTube channels, and via dedicated broadcast partners. For more information, head to the official website, and follow ESL Dota 2 on X (Twitter), Instagram, or Facebook.


About ESL FACEIT Group

ESL FACEIT Group (EFG) is the leading esports and video game entertainment company dedicated to creating worlds beyond gameplay where players and fans become community. EFG is built on a legacy of world-renowned brands including ESL, FACEIT, DreamHack and DreamHack Sports Games, providing innovative ecosystems for global communities of players, fans and creators around the games they love. Working alongside leading partners, brands and global IPs, EFG operates an unmatched portfolio of live events, digital platforms and developer tools that reach and engage millions of gamers worldwide. For more information visit www.eslfaceitgroup.com.

About DreamLeague

Founded by DreamHack in 2013, DreamLeague is one of the oldest Dota 2 brands and features the best teams from around the globe. The league is among the longest running Dota 2 leagues, celebrating its 20th season this year. Since 2023, DreamLeague is hosted online as part of the ESL Pro Tour for Dota 2 and has millions of US dollars in prize money up for grabs every year (https://pro.eslgaming.com/dreamleague/).

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