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Evil Geniuses Top Odds to Win DPC NA Division 1

DPC Dota 2
Valve

After an exciting TI 10, Dota 2 is ready to move onto its next competitive season, with the Dota Pro Circuit kicking off at the end of November.

As is customary for the North American DPC, we’ll be seeing teams compete over six weeks in a structured league environment. Teams will play matches every week, earning DPC points, spots at the upcoming major, and fighting to stay in Division 1, all based on their results and final rankings.

Make sure to check out our guide on how to bet on Dota 2, and let’s take a look at the event in more detail.

Who’s Playing At DPC: North America Division 1?

As usual, we’ll see eight teams battling it out in the DPC season. This features six teams from the previous season, as well as two teams that were promoted from the lower division. Favorites Evil Geniuses headline the event, but will face stiff competition from two of NA’s best, Quincy Crew and Team Undying.

Alongside those teams, we’ll also see 4 Zoomers, Simply Toobased and Black N Yellow, who managed to retain their spots from last season, and D2 Hustlers and Arkosh Gaming, the two promoted teams.

The DPC is played out over six weeks in a single round-robin format, featuring best-of-three matches. This means each team plays the others once in best-of-three series, and teams are then ranked based on the number of wins and losses.

There is also a slight gap due to the holidays, meaning we’ll only see one match played between December 21 and January 5.

Odds to Win DPC NA Division 1
TeamOdds
Evil Geniuses+120
Quincy Crew+250
Undying+350
4 Zoomers+600
Black N Yellow+2000
D2 Hustlers+2000
Simply Toobased+5000
Arkosh Gaming+5000

Odds as of November 24 at Betway

Post-TI Shuffle Creates All-New American Teams

There’s nothing quite like heading into the DPC after a TI. Teams all over the world are shaking up their rosters, looking to come into the next year stronger than ever. It’s no exception in North America, where quite a few key moves took place over the last few weeks.

Two major moves took place in the Evil Geniuses camp, with Fly heading to Talon Esports and Iceiceice departing for Team Secret. The team brought in ex-VP Nightfall and retired OG star JerAx as replacements, creating yet another incredibly strong lineup.

The other top North American team also made some changes, with Quincy Crew briefly dropping their entire roster, before bringing back Quinn and Yawar, alongside three new faces, Khezu, Milan and Ponlo. This brings a strong level of experience to the team, as well as a new potential superstar, with Ponlo entering his first top-tier Dota 2 team.

There were also a handful of changes for 4 Zoomers, Simply Toobased and Black N Yellow, making Team Undying the only team to retain its entire roster from the previous season. This all means that we may be in for some surprises, with so many new rosters looking to jell this season.

What Can We Expect From The New Evil Geniuses?

Evil Geniuses were undoubtedly the best North American team of 2021 and will be looking to continue that into 2022. However, they had to make two big changes this season, losing long-standing captain Fly, as well as Iceiceice.

Both JerAx and Nightfall come as very dependable replacements, and the roster is still definitely top-tier. That being said, they’ll definitely be missing the experience and leadership provided by the two departing players.

This likely means we’ll be seeing new things out of EG. It’s still unconfirmed who will take over as captain, but we’re very likely to see new strategies and tactics come out as new leadership takes the wheel. We’re still likely to see Evil Geniuses come out on top in the competitive NA DPC, with the real test of this roster likely coming from international events, rather than regional matches.

Has Team Undying Made The Right Choice Retaining Its Roster?

Team Undying is the only team in the NA DPC that has retained its entire roster. Granted, they are looking to bring in a new coach, but the players remain the same. This is a bit of a surprising move, as most teams all over the world have been shaking things up.

Clearly, the players all believe in themselves and in each other, so it will be interesting to see how they can build on their year. Overall, 2021 was pretty good for Undying. They managed to secure a foothold in North American Dota, coming third in both DPS seasons and securing a spot at TI.

Their TI 10 run ended early, but expectedly so. Undying was one of the weakest teams at the event but still managed to survive the group stage before being eliminated by Fnatic. With the roster having a good mix of young players and veterans, there’s definite room for improvement, and we could very well see them challenge for the No. 2 spot in NA, as well as making some noise internationally.