The International 2018 groups are now official
With only two days left for the biggest Dota 2 event of the year, The International 2018 groups have been drawn and made official.
Six qualifiers based on regions
Main event taking place at Vancouver, Canada
Edging closer to TI8 - set to take place in a matter of days, Valve has released information regarding the TI8 prize pool distribution, pubstomps, and newcomer stream.
For what seems to be the first time - or in at least recent years, all 18 participating teams in The International 2018 have been able to secure their visas.
Jake "SirActionSlacks" Kanner will present audiences with an exclusive Dota Pro Circuit Rewind & The International Lowdown daily.
Dota 2 was first introduced at The International in 2011 and the evolution of production, prize pool and fanfare has since soared high above any other esports event and has even surpassed the prize funds of some well-known traditional sporting events, such as the Cricket World Cup, The Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, and others.
Valve took a new approach towards the tournaments, by increasing their base prize-pool through crowd funding, raising monetary contributions from large key audiences. The concept, as applied to esports, was first introduced by the company for The International 3, in 2013, with the release of the virtual “compendium”. At that time, the base prizepool of $1,600,000 was increased by an additional $1,374,381 through the sales to the community. This was a drop in the bucket for what was to come in the following years.
The TI7 prize pool was jaw-dropping, recording breaking at a staggering $24,787,916 - a whopping $23,187,916 added by the community. This year, the TI8 prize pool is already outpacing TI7 and on par to meet or exceed the final prize amount.
It’s not just the gobsmacking prize pool that draws so much attention. The entire package of production, narrative and high caliber gameplay puts the event over the edge as the pinnacle of all Dota 2 events, if not all esports events.
The International brings about shocking results, fairy-tale storylines and triumphs that will remain in the Dota 2 history. Last year at The International 2017 Team Liquid was the first in the history of The International to come back from the second round of the lower brackets and win the entire event. It was also the first time that a team has won with a clean sweep - 3-0 scoreline in the grand final.
With past spectacular production including augmented reality features on stage, live orchestra for the opening ceremony, special guest artist Lindsey Stirling, a stage that had special effects in synch with hero ultimates, private practice rooms, closing ceremony featuring electronica music performer Deadmau5, there is no telling what Valve has planned for this year.
Continuing to always outdo themselves and the glass ceiling shattered years ago, Valve is expected to put on the show of a lifetime once again.
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