DPC Week 4: Heavyweight showdowns to watch

By Kenneth WilliamsMay 6, 2021
The DPC is more than halfway over already, so Week 4 will ring in the showdown stage. The organizers of each DPC region intentionally saved the best matchups for the back half of the season. Week Four is when the best squads secure Major spots and the worst teams scramble to avoid relegation. These three matches all feature top level talent from their region, raising the stakes even further.

Team Secret vs. OG

2020’s Team of the Year is struggling in the Western European Upper Division. Secret sits at a 2:2 record with losses to Team Nigma and The Alliance. There’s no way Clement “Puppey” Ivanov will end the season satisfied unless Secret wins every remaining matchup. The squad is struggling to forge an 7.29 identity and plays very close to the meta. Considering the unpredictability of their next opponents, Secret will have to either execute a simple draft perfectly or try to outwit OG with hidden Hero picks.
The champions of TI8 and TI9 have benefited greatly from the return of Anathan "ana" Pham, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing. They’re tied alongside Secret, Nigma, and Tundra Esports for third place. From their insane drawn-out teamfights against Tundra to ana’s infamous fountain dives, OG is guaranteed to entertain. Their matchup against Team Secret could be the grand finals match of any other tournament.

Quincy Crew vs. 4 Zoomers

North America is a DPC region of haves and have-nots. Three teams currently hold perfect match records while two squads haven’t won a single game. The May 6 showdown between Quincy Crew and 4 Zoomers is a battle between weight classes, with QC rocking a flawless 3-0 record and Zoomers breaking even at 2-2. As one squad fights to maintain a Major berth, the other simply vies for the upper half of the leaderboard.
Both teams have already revealed the ace Heroes up their sleeves. Quincy captain Avery "SVG" Silverman loves Viper for his lane ambiguity, either dominating the midlane in the hands of Quinn Callahan or winning solo offlanes under Rodrigo "Lelis" Santos’ command. 4Z have adopted Tiny as their mascot. Whether he’s a core or support, Tiny can draw tons of attention away from star carry player Samuel "Sammyboy" Anderson. Captain-midlaner Nico "Gunnar" Lopez can raise hell with just Boots of Speed and a Blink Dagger at 10 minutes.

Invictus Gaming vs. Elephant

Current champs vs supposed champs iG have little to prove, so their early matches were focused on experimentation. They’ve dove for several one-off picks like Elder Titan, Warlock, Necrohpos, and Skywrath Mage. However, even the successful drafts aren’t being repeated. Captain Hu "kaka" Liangzhi will need to concentrate iG’s hero pool to rise above their current sixth-place standing. The dream of a Major repeat requires a solid season record first.
Elephant is tied with both Royal Never Give Up and EHOME for second place. This week will either guarantee them podium finish or resign them to the pack. The Chinese superteam has gone all out with picks like Legion Commander and Abbadon. They love their old tricks too, like Aghanim’s Scepter into Divine Rapier on Zhang "Eurus" Chengjun’s Wraith King. A dominant 2:0 win over iG would bring Elephant back into top tier contention.
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