- Starting date 15 Aug 2018
- Format 5v5
Six qualifiers based on regions
Open Qualifiers (June 14-17)
- Single Elimination Bracket. Bo1 matches.
- Number of teams that will qualify to the Regional Qualifiers:
- CN (7), SEA (5), CIS (6), SA (6), NA (6), EU (4)
Regional Qualifiers (June 18-25)
- Group Stage
- All eighteen teams are divided into two groups.
- Round Robin. Bo2 matches.
- Top 4 teams will advance to the Upper Bracket.
- The bottom team in each group is eliminated.
- The remaining teams advance to the Lower Bracket of the Main Event.
Main event (Aug 15-25)
Main event taking place at Vancouver, Canada
- Sixteen teams play in a double-elimination format over six days.
- Eight teams begin in the Upper Bracket, eight in the Lower Bracket.
- First Lower Bracket round is Bo1, Grand Finals are Bo5, all others rounds are Bo3.
- Group Stage: August 15th – August 18th, 2018 – Like last year, two best-of-two groups of nine teams. Top four teams in each group advance to Upper Bracket, four – eight advance to Lower Bracket, bottom in each group is eliminated.
- Main Event: August 20th – August 25th, 2018 – As before, 16 teams battle through a best-of-three double elimination playoff. Lower bracket first round is best-of-one, Grand Finals are best-of-five.
Prize pool breakdown
News & Features - The International 2018
Post TI8 shuffle log; confirmed changes for start of DPC 2018-2019 season
With the end of The International 8, the traditional post TI shuffle period has begun.
Daeja’s View: Camaraderie amidst Competition, the TI8 Attendee Experience
The International is a Dota 2 experience like no other. For a week, the entire community comes together to celebrate Dota 2 and to watch the most important competition of the year unfold. This year, OG took home the Aegis in spectacular fashion. Being in Vancouver to watch in person was a pleasure and an honor that I’d like to discuss.
About The International
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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