Bottom is a relative term – 7 clubs, that is ½ of the Oberliga, finished pretty much with the same records, two points dividing 8th and 14th place. Goal-difference decided who was to be relegated and who was to stay. Yet, the parity is also relative, for the only real candidates for relegation were the 'unsettled' clubs. Five clubs normally occupied the mid-table, never going either up or down. Eternals. And above them were the real contenders, also the same season after season – Lokomotive (Leipzig), 5th, Carl Zeiss (Jena), 3rd, Magdeburg, 2nd, Dynamo (Dresden).
Lokomotive (Leipzig) generally 'muddied the water', never really able to win, but excelling in Cup tournaments. One newcomer joined the club: Dynamo (Berlin) was steadily rising and establishing themselves among the top, although so far they were not contenders. They finished 4th.
Dynamo (Berlin) – coming close, but not yet on top of everybody.
Dynamo (Dreseden) won the league confidently, 4 points ahead of 1.FC Magdeburg. But this was not all – they reached the Cup final as well. Their opponent was familiar: 1. FC Lokomotive (Leipzig). Lokomotive won the Cup in 1976 and were losing finalists in 1973. The Cup tournament was their pond.
And a bit of bitter trivia – here are three unlucky, to say it mildly, players: Gerd Weber, Peter Kotte, and Mathias Muller. National team players all. Nothing bad in 1977, but in 1980 they had an offer from 1. FC Koln (West Germany) when playing in Holland against Twente. The car was waiting for them, to move them from East to West. The three players hesitated and wanted to think the offer over. Fat chance... they were arrested in January 1981. Weber was sentenced to jail, the other two were kicked out from Dynamo and suspended. Traitors, they were judged by East German authorities. Kotte later said that this was the biggest mistake in his life, that he did not accept Koln's offer and just run away with their car from Enschede, never coming back to DDR. For the mistake, he and his teammates paid dearly, but it was still sunny for them in 1977. Unless one sees irony in Dynamo's colours: gold and black.