ESL's very own Dota Pro Tour is due to kick off in a matter of weeks, with DreamLeague Season 19 due to kick off in April.
DreamLeague Season 19 dates, teams, and format
Taking place from April 9-23, DreamLeague Season 19 will be the first event in ESL's recently-announced Dota Pro Tour, which will exist alongside and complement Valve's existing Dota Pro Circuit.
The 16 teams at DreamLeague Season 19 will be competing for a grand prize pool of $1,000,000, with the ultimate winner receiving $300,000 alongside a qualification to the Riyadh Masters, taking place from July 17-30 this year.
The teams attending DreamLeague Season 19 are as follows:
|Gaimin Gladiators||Tundra Esports||Team Liquid||Entity|
|Team Spirit||HellRaisers||Evil Geniuses||beastcoast|
|Team Aster||PSG.LGD||Talon Esports||Execration|
Those teams will be split across two Group Stages, the first of which will feature two groups of eight teams competing in best-of-two round-robin matches. The top four teams from each group will advance to the second Group Stage, while the teams in 5th-8th place will be eliminated from the tournament.
Meanwhile, the second Group Stage will see the eight surviving teams competing within a single group. Matches will be best-of-three, with the teams in first and second place moving to the Playoff's Upper Bracket, while the teams in third and fourth place will participate in the Lower Bracket. The bottom four teams, meanwhile, will be eliminated from the tournament.
With the Group Stages out of the way, we'll be headed to the Playoffs, taking place from April 22-23. The remaining teams will compete under a Double-elimination bracket, with all matches being best-of-three, except the best-of-five Grand Final.
DreamLeague Season 19 is just the first event of ESL's new Dota Pro Tour, with DreamLeague Season 20 due to take place from June 11 to 25, before the Riyadh Masters on July 17-30.
The Dota 2 esports calendar is looking more packed than ever. Therefore, you'll be delighted to hear that you can follow along with everything in both the DPC and ESL Dota Pro Tour via our handy upcoming Dota 2 match schedule. And to make the most out of your Dota 2 betting experience, remember to claim your free 100% bonus!