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Gorgc and YapzOr Talk About Valve's Decision to End the DPC

Dorjee Palzang
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Valve's decision to terminate the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) after the 2023 season has generated mixed reactions among Dota 2 streamers, particularly Janne "Gorgc" Stefanovski and Yazied "YapzOr" Jaradat.
Gorgc expressed optimism about the decision, suggesting it could result in more tournament invitations for certain teams, while YapzOr took a critical stance, acknowledging the DPC's strengths but advocating for improvements.
Speculation exists that Valve may have made this move due to the emergence of an alternative system, potentially involving ESL, which has successfully run esports leagues like the Riyadh Masters and Dream League. The Dota 2 community is divided on the implications of this decision for the competitive scene.

Valve's recent announcement regarding the termination of the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) after the 2023 season has stirred up a range of reactions within the Dota 2 community. Notably, Janne "Gorgc" Stefanovski and Yazied "YapzOr" Jaradat, two prominent Dota 2 streamers, have shared their contrasting views on this significant decision.

Gorgc and YapzOr speculate on the repercussions of this move from Valve

Popular streamer Gorgc offered an optimistic perspective, suggesting that this move might lead to an increase in tournament invitations for teams such as Team Secret. "Secret are going to get invited to more tournaments now like TIs and majors," Gorgc stated. However, he maintained a level of uncertainty, acknowledging the potential for both positive and negative outcomes. "I was like, I don't really know because it could be bad; it could be good, you know?" Gorgc remarked.

In contrast, Team Secret's former support YapzOr took a more critical stance, recognizing the strengths of the DPC while also pointing out its shortcomings. "I think it's pretty bad because I think the fundamental idea of the leagues and everything else was good, but it just required a few tweaks," YapzOr commented. He advocated for a shorter DPC system to improve its efficiency.

During their discussion, Gorgc raised the possibility that Valve's decision to terminate the DPC might be linked to the existence of an alternative system. He hinted at the role ESL might play in filling the void left by the DPC, referring to the successful execution of the Riyadh Masters and Dreamleague.

"I think it's based on ESL doing their league format with Riyadh," Gorgc suggested. "I feel like somebody's already there to fill that slot of League plus a mini TI type of thing happening, so ESL is already doing their Dream League thing, so I think they're just handing it over to them. They're the new League plus TI format."

This divergence in opinion between Gorgc and YapzOr reflects the broader spectrum of viewpoints within the Dota 2 community regarding the future of competitive play. While Gorgc expressed willingness to give the new format a chance and hinted at ESL's potential role, YapzOr remained skeptical, advocating for essential adjustments to the existing system.

Valve's decision to terminate the DPC marks a significant development in the landscape of professional Dota 2. As the community awaits further details, the ultimate impact of this decision on the competitive scene remains uncertain. Whether it leads to a more vibrant future for the game or exacerbates existing divisions among Dota 2 players and enthusiasts will only become clear as the changes unfold.

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Dorjee is an avid Dota enthusiast, he has been playing the game since it was just a map in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne back in 2009, he transitioned to Dota 2 in 2014 and can't stop playing ever since!

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