Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 11 Tournament Preview

by Pavo Jurkic
on March 11, 2019

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Welcome to our Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 11 betting preview where we’ll be covering the best esports Dota 2 bookmakers and a general overview of the tournament. So, strap yourself in and enjoy the ride!

Let’s start with a simple question – Why should you, as a Dota 2 fan, watch this tournament? Well, our dear reader, the answer is simple as well – It’s Dota 2!

Jokes aside, there are a couple of serious reasons to tune in on the action. The first one being team caliber. DreamLeague Season 11 features some of the best Dota 2 teams in current times with the likes of Team Secret, Team Liquid, Fnatic, Chaos Esports Club, and 12 others. Heavyweights of the Dota 2 competitive scene – Team Secret – are strong favorites to win, but to say the competition is simple would be an understatement. Each team has a tough challenge ahead.

There are some sick facts surrounding DreamLeague Season 11 as well but more on this later. Let’s start the Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 11 betting preview with, well, betting!

Where to Bet on Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 11

DreamLeague Season 11 is the perfect opportunity for esports betting enthusiasts to win. You should be a bit wary if you’re a beginner though, as the competition is fierce. So, the question is, where should you go to place a couple of bets?

First up, a tip about becoming great at esports betting: Do your research folks! This is especially true for people who are new to an esports game but applies to everyone. Situations where the favorites start making blunders (which are sometimes less obvious) happen on occasion.

Okay, back to betting! These are a couple of great bookmakers offering esports betting options. Great for beginners, even better for experienced bettors.

These esports bookmakers are impressive, to say the least. First off, the odds they offer are fantastic and in case of a winning ticket; well let’s just say it’ll cause some smiles. Secondly, the betting process is simple and it’s easy finding the various betting choices they offer.

Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 11 |Interesting Facts

DreamLeague has always been an integral part of the Dota 2 competitive scene but it is a bit chaotic in design. If we take a look back at the DreamLeague Kick-Off Season in 2013, there were 6 participating teams and a $50,000 prize pool. Not bad for an inaugural circuit.

However, over the years, the organizational style of the tournament has changed multiple times. Here are a couple of interesting, yet funny facts about the DreamLeague Dota 2 tournament:

  • Stockholm and Jönköping have exchanged hosting seats plenty times (4 to 7, respectively). Only three times has it been hosted elsewhere; once in Atlanta, and twice online (DreamLeague Season 7 EU and NA divisions). Stockholm has hosted the tournament 2 previous times and DreamLeague Season 11!
  • The number of participating teams ranged from 4 to 16 (with no discerning order). If this is your first time watching – lucky you! There are 16 participating teams this year but shh (supposed to cover this later so pretend you never read this).
  • Team Secret has the highest number of wins at DreamLeague Dota 2 with 3. Second place is shared between OG and Team Liquid (with 2). The great thing is that Team Liquid and Team Secret are both participating in this iteration of the DreamLeague (no OG though).

Recently, DreamLeague has started peaking in viewership with some editions of the tournament featuring a peak of 1,800,000 viewers! DreamLeague Season 10 was nowhere close to this, sitting around 230k peak viewers.

On top of that, Chinese viewers make up a large part of the audience. There’s a pattern associated with that (such as the participation, or lack thereof, Chinese Dota 2 teams).

Tournament Format

Continuing with our Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 11 betting preview, here’s what you should know about the format. The tournament spans 10 days (from 14th of March to the 24th). That’s a lot of play time so organize your day properly!

And as for the playing format itself, it’s pretty straightforward:


  • Out of the 16 participating teams, 15 qualify through their respective regional qualifiers. 3 teams get accepted from China, Europe, and North America, and 2 teams qualify from CIS, Southeast Asia, and South America
  • The final team to qualify does so through the StarLadder ImbaTV Minor (by being champions of course)

Group Stage (14.03-15.03)

  • Four groups are formed with four teams each
  • The group stage features a GSL double-elimination format
  • Two top teams advance to the upper bracket in the playoffs
  • Bottom two teams get placed in the lower bracket in the playoffs

Playoffs (16.03-24.03)

  • All sixteen teams will participate in the playoffs with the importance of placement playing the biggest role. The playoffs feature a double-elimination format throughout these 8 days, with the final three being played in front of a live audience.
  • Eight best teams start in the upper bracket; the bottom 8 start in the lower bracket.

Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 11 Betting Preview | Most Notable Teams

Now, this part of the Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 11 betting preview may get a bit messy but hey – Dota 2 is so by nature.

Let’s preface this part by saying that Team Secret would be an obvious favorite to win the tournament but… They’re not. In fact, the battle between the two favorites is very close. The rivalry may commence! Team Secret goes first by virtue of Puppey (in Team Secret since 2014!)

Team Secret

An obvious answer about who’s going to win. But saying that would be incorrect. Team Secret is definitely a dangerous opponent to most participating teams. After all, they’ve beaten the likes of Virtus.Pro, EG, Gambit, NiP, Mineski, and even Team Liquid. All in recent times (apart from the EG win in 2015).

They’ve gone almost undefeated at ESL One Katowice 2019, losing only to OG once (10-0 dream is dead). Still, to obliterate anyone in their path like they did… It’s madness! Twelve wins and just a single loss for the entire tournament. Amazing, to say the least!

Team Secret always seems to be at the right place at the right time and this can be seen throughout their gameplay. Observant, ruthless, and utterly dominant – Team Secret is a rock and a hard place.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid’s current roster has been playing together for 2 years already. The latest player to join was GH who did so on 2nd January 2017. MATUMBAMAN, MinD_ContRoL, and KuroKy have been together since 2015. There is a whole heap of seasoned veterans on this Team Liquid roster, whose experience could prove to be of crucial importance.

It’s no wonder then, that Team Liquid won The International 2017 with a 3-0 sweep against Newbee. And even though Team Liquid is a huge team right now, they do have hiccups every now and then. For example, Vici Gaming and RNG at MDL Macau 2019 but in the end finished first to take the title for themselves.

Still, Team Liquid is adept at learning from their mistakes as is evident from their performance over the years. If Team Secret is DeadPool, Team Liquid is DeadPool. Simple.


Virtus.Pro always had a thing against Team Secret. They’ve beaten them on occasions, such as the victories at The Kuala Lumpur Major (3:2) in 2018 and ESL One Hamburg 2017. They had a less-so spectacular run at MDL Macau 2019 which can be attributed to many things but the team just didn’t click.

Nonetheless, Virtus.Pro is one amazing team that is creative as much as they are intelligent. Strategies play a big role and Virtus.Pro has great strategies.

With a powerful roster of RAMZES666, No[o]ne, 9pasha, RodjER, and Solo, will want to cause an upset here. Everyone except RodjER (who joined just a year ago) has been part of the roster since mid-2016. Another experienced team, another Dota 2 team with a thirst for blood (you can thank Lifestealer for that).

Outright Betting on Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 11

Obviously, the three above-featured teams are the most likely contestants to take DL S11 home. Team Secret to win outright stands at +270 which is pretty good considering their form in recent months. According to bookies (and pretty much everyone else too), Team Secret’s biggest competitors will be The Russian Beasts will fancy their chances of seeing this one through as they’re currently sitting at +320 to win.

Apart from these two, Team Liquid and EG look like stellar contestants as well. Of course, knowing Dota 2’s dynamic mechanics, we could see yet another Cinderella story, just like the one OG showcased on The International 2018. Unfortunately, OG won’t be competing at this tournament, but there are several teams that could follow in its footsteps. I am referring to the likes of NiP, Fnatic, and EHOME, all of which can be considered as dark horses for this tournament.

Considering all that, there is not a single doubt in my mind that Dota 2 DL S11 will be a majestic festival of competitive Dota 2 action. All Dota 2 fans will rejoice cometh March 14 and will be at the edge of their seats for the following ten days.

That’s about it as far as my Dota 2 DreamLeague Season 11 betting preview is concerned. I hope I’ve shed some light onto the most notable teams, their current form and potential high-value outrights. That said, thank you all for reading and hope to see you again soon!

Pavo Jurkic

Pavo Jurkic has been in the esports betting industry since 2015, actively writing content related to this rapidly growing industry. A dedicated father by day and an avid gamer by night, Pavo Jurkic aims to bring you the freshest esports news and betting predictions.

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