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November 27, 2020

Valve Updates Fans on 2021 DPC Season, New Hero and 7.28 Patch

Valve Updates Fans on 2021 DPC Season, New Hero and 7.28 Patch

Valve has released a small blog to update Dota 2 players on what to expect in the near future. The blog includes minor details about the release date for the new hero, the 7.28 patch as well as a starting date for the DPC 2021 season.

The Dota Pro Circuit has a Start Date

Dota 2’s roadmap. Image Credit: Wykrhm.

We are excited to announce that the 2021 Dota Pro Circuit will start on January 18th. 16 teams within two divisions will compete in each of the six Regional Leagues. The best from each region will also qualify to the first Major of the season.


The Dota Pro Circuit has been on hiatus since early 2020 after the pandemic forced tournaments to cancel events. The new DPC season was to start in late 2020; however, Valve delayed the start without many details for pros and talent. Valve has now announced DPC 2021 will start on January 18th.

The New Hero is a ‘She’


On the gameplay front, our original plan for the new hero was November 30th, however she needs a bit more time to cozy up for the winter. We will be releasing her, along with the 7.28 gameplay update, in mid-December.


Valve said the new hero release will take some more time. Dota 2 fans can now expect the new hero release sometime in mid-December. However, in the process of announcing the hero’s release date, Valve has inadvertently revealed the hero’s gender. It seems the new hero will be a female who shortens the list of possibilities. 


There are many Dota 2 female characters in the lore, but there is always the possibility of an entirely new hero releasing in December. Reddit user ABCDSulci posted a list of all female characters in Dota 2 lore (known at the time of writing).

  • Alyssa

  • Anessix

  • Goodkind

  • Ilexa

  • Imperia

  • Jolixia

  • Kanna

  • Lady Anshu

  • Momma Eeb (though she’s dead)

  • O’nia

  • Prellex

  • Quiet (maybe female? We actually don’t know much)

  • Sorla Khan

  • Vanessa

  • Wren

New Dota 2 Season

The new Dota 2 season will start on December 1 with a seasonal quest reset, a new seasonal treasure and more. The update will also roll out backend changes allowing users to review suspicious matches and participate in punishing negative behaviour, similar to CS:GO’s Overwatch system.


Stay tuned to for the latest esports news and updates. 

Published at Wed, 25 Nov 2020 04:01:42 +0000

North move MSL and aizy to Transfer List; recall Kristou and Kreaz

North have removed  Philip “⁠aizy⁠” Aistrup and Mathias “⁠MSL⁠” Lauridsen  from the starting lineup. The two players are now on the team’s transfer list as the Danish organization looks to make changes to its CS:GO roster.


“I’d like to thank Mathias and Philip, they are two of North’s longest servants across their time here and have helped shape and re-shape North through many years. These decisions do not come lightly but sometimes change is necessary. Both players have aspirations to be at the very top and neither signed on for the type of project that we are moving forward with. They are both deserving of a project that will see their talents be put to the best use, and North will not stand in the way of finding them new homes,” says Graham Pitt, Head of Esports Operations.


North will look to recruit new and young players to its roster. The team is ranked 25th although the team has been struggling recently. The past few weeks have been especially hard for the Danish roster and there is a visible drop in the team’s performance.


North’s CS:GO ranks in the past few months. The team was unable to break into the top 20 on HLTV. Screengrab via


“It takes time to build a strategy like this – to rework the entire philosophy of the team and organization. Since I joined North a year ago, I have been looking at how we can re-build into a sustainable project, where much time has gone into developing our scouting capabilities and player development initiatives,” says Graham Pitt.

Who will Join Norths’ CS:GO Roster?

Replacing the two players will be  Kristoffer “⁠Kristou⁠” Aamand and Rasmus “⁠kreaz⁠” Johansson. Kristou has been recalled from his loan with AGF while Kreaz joins the team on trial. 


Nicklas “⁠gade⁠” Gade will take on the mantle of the team’s in-game leader and will be responsible for much of the team’s playstyle. Together with Jimmy “⁠Jumpy⁠” Berndtsson, the Danish team hopes to improve its rankings and get closer to the top ten ranks.


North is also developing a sporting scout tool in collaboration with IT giant, Capgemini. 

“The sporting department has done a massive amount of work looking at how a more dynamic roster strategy would look, focussing on younger talents with a potential to grow. The team have been working with Capgemini on how we can interlace their capabilities with our long-term needs. This, of course ties well in with what we want to achieve as an organisation over the next three years, says interim CEO, Alexander Mørch Pedersen.

CS:GO fans can read more details on Norths’ website. North’s current CS:GO roster is as follows:

  • Nicklas “⁠gade⁠” Gade.

  • René “⁠cajunb⁠” Borg.

  • Jonas “⁠Lekr0⁠” Olofsson.

  • Kristoffer “⁠Kristou⁠” Aamand.

  • Rasmus “⁠kreaz⁠” Johansson (trial).

  • Mathias “⁠MSL⁠” Lauridsen (transfer list).

  • Philip “⁠aizy⁠” Aistrup (transfer list).

  • Jimmy “⁠Jumpy⁠” Berndtsson (coach).

North will play with its new roster at DreamHack Masters Winter Europe that kicks off on November 30. 

Published at Wed, 25 Nov 2020 03:32:47 +0000

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