Quick Preview of The International 8's Regional Qualifiers

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Take a quick peek at the Regional Qualifier teams for The International 8!

Here we are, all the way through a full season of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit (DPC), through four days of back-to-back Open Qualifiers and onto the Regional Qualifiers for The International 8.

From June 18-21, the China, CIS, and South America regions will compete; from June 22-25, Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America will compete. The format is a Round Robin of best-of-ones, with the bottom four teams eliminated. The top four will be seeded into a double elimination bracket featuring best-of-threes, with a best-of-five Grand Final for regions with only a single available invite.

Let’s review, region-by-region, which teams are competing for invitations to the biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year!


Number of Available Invites to TI8: 2
China Invictus Gaming (direct invite)
China Team Serenity
China Keen Gaming
China CDEC Gaming
China iG Vitality
China For the Dream
China LGD.Forever Young
China Young Dumb

Who to Watch:

This region is stacked with big brand name teams. Invictus Gaming is the only team not to go through the Open Qualifiers, but don’t discount the OQ teams! CDEC Gaming, iG Vitality, and LGD.Forever Young all stand out for their organizations, and Keen Gaming made impressive runs from OQs previously this season. After the first day of the group stage, For The Dream shares the top spot with Invictus Gaming with a 3-1 record.


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Number of Available Invites to TI8: 1
Russia Vega Squadron (direct invite)
Russia FlyToMoon (direct invite)
Russia Team Empire
CIS Double Dimension
CIS Team Spirit
Russia 20 min afk les
Europe Gambit Esports

Who to Watch:

CIS Open Qualifiers were intense, and the Regional Qualifier should be doubly so as teams battle for only a single spot. Team Empire is looking quite strong, as is Team Spirit, already off to good starts in the group stage. FlyToMoon (who, along with Vega Squadron, got a direct invite to the Regionals) peaked late in the DPC season, so they could be on track to finish strong and snag the invite, but any team in this region could surprise and delight fans.

South America

Number of Available Invites to TI8: 1
Brazil SG e-sports
Brazil paiN Gaming
Peru Infamous
Peru Torus Gaming
Peru Thunder Predator
Brazil Midas Club

Who to Watch:

All six South American teams had to qualify through Open Qualifiers because this region saw so much roster-swapping after the winter lock. Some teams were plagued with internet issues during Open Qualifiers, and we can only hope that those are resolved heading into Regionals. PaiN Gaming could be the favorites here as they won fans over with their third-place finish at ESL One Birmingham 2018.  Still, the other five teams should not be written off as this region’s seen multiple teams win Regional Qualifiers all season long.


Number of Available Invites to TI8: 2
Malaysia Fnatic (direct invite)
Philippines TNC Pro Team (direct invite)
Indonesia BOOM ID (direct invite)
Philippines TNC Tigers
Thailand Alpha Red
Philippines Entity Esports
Malaysia Battle Arena Elites
Philippines Sterling Global Dragons

Who to Watch:

Fnatic and the two TNC teams may be most familiar to international audiences, and they should be expected to perform well. Entity Gaming and Battle Arena Elites (BAE, how can you not love them?) both have many familiar, strong players on them. Either team could snag one of the SEA invites.


Photo courtesy of EPICENTER

Number of Available Invites to TI8: 1
Poland Team Kinguin (direct invite)
Europe The Final Tribe (direct invite)
Europe Kingdra (direct invite)
Poland Team Singularity (direct invite)
Europe OG
North America Wind and Rain
Europe BlinkPool
Sweden Alliance

Who to Watch:

Europe had the most direct invitations to the Regionals: four. Team Kinguin, The Final Tribe, Kingdra, and Singularity Esports didn’t have to make OQ runs. Of those teams, The Final Tribe’s had the most recent international visibility, competing at the final DPC event, the China Dota2 Supermajor. OG’s fielding a new roster after two players departed a month ago for Evil Geniuses. Wind and Rain, BlinkPool, and the new Alliance roster are also all stacked newly-formed stacks. The Open Qualifier teams are looking fierce, so the single invite to TI8 should be hotly contested.

North America

Number of Available Invites to TI8: 3
United States OpTic Gaming (direct invite)
United States Immortals (direct invite)
United States Evil Geniuses
United States compLexity Gaming
China Team Baidu
United States Leviathan
United States VGJ.Storm
To Be Decided

Who to Watch:

North America was long thought to be the region that would have the most intense Regional Qualifier, but with three invitations available, the heat’s been turned down a little. OpTic Gaming, Evil Geniuses, and VGJ.Storm are the team names that were bandied about before the Open Qualifiers began. Will they all make it through to finish? We’ll know in a week.

Note that at the time of publication, a final Open Qualifier series needed to be played to determine the final slot (No, To Be Decided is not a team name).


This is The International, and it’d be foolish to say any of the six regions has an obvious winner. We’ve seen debate about North America’s three invitations, we’ve seen plenty drama through the Open Qualifiers, and now we can set that all aside. Why?  Because there’s top-notch Dota 2 to watch 24/7 until June 25th when we’ll finally know who all the teams competing at The International 8 are.

It’s time to call in sick at work, set up pizza deliveries for the week so you can eat, and kick back to enjoy the celebration and heartbreak of the TI Regional Qualifiers!


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