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The International 2018

  • Starting date Aug 15, 2018
  • Format 5v5
The International has always set the bar high for all esports events. Year after year the production value, competition and prize pool to astonish fans around the world and attract attention from mainstream media. This year, The International 2018 is already proving to be no exception and well on its way to stunning the esports scene once again.

General information

Qualifiers

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.
China Open Qualifier #1
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Starts Jun 14, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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CIS Open Qualifier #1
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Starts Jun 14, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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Europe Open Qualifier #1
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Starts Jun 14, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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North America Open Qualifier #1
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Starts Jun 14, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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South America Open Qualifier #1
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Starts Jun 14, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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Southeast Asia Open Qualifier #1
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Starts Jun 14, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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China Open Qualifier #2
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Starts Jun 16, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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CIS Open Qualifier #2
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Starts Jun 16, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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Europe Open Qualifier #2
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Starts Jun 16, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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North America Open Qualifier #2
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Starts Jun 16, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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South America Open Qualifier #2
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Starts Jun 16, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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Southeast Asia Open Qualifier #2
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Starts Jun 16, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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China Regional Qualifier Group
completed
Starts Jun 18, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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CIS Regional Qualifier Group
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Starts Jun 18, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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Europe Regional Qualifier Group
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Starts Jun 18, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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North America Regional Qualifier Group
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Starts Jun 18, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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South America Regional Qualifier Group
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Starts Jun 18, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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Southeast Asia Regional Qualifier Group
completed
Starts Jun 18, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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China Regional Qualifier Playoff
completed
Starts Jun 19, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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China Regional Qualifier Tiebreaker
completed
Starts Jun 19, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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CIS Regional Qualifier Playoff
completed
Starts Jun 19, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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CIS Regional Qualifier Tiebreaker
canceled
Starts Jun 19, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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Europe Regional Qualifier Playoff
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Starts Jun 19, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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Europe Regional Qualifier Tiebreaker
canceled
Starts Jun 19, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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North America Regional Qualifier Playoff
completed
Starts Jun 19, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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North America Regional Qualifier Tiebreaker 1st-3rd
completed
Starts Jun 19, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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North America Regional Qualifier Tiebreaker 5th-6th
completed
Starts Jun 19, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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South America Regional Qualifier Playoff
completed
Starts Jun 19, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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Southeast Asia Regional Qualifier Playoff
completed
Starts Jun 19, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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Southeast Asia Regional Qualifier Tiebreaker
canceled
Starts Jun 19, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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Group A
live
Starts Aug 15, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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Group B
live
Starts Aug 15, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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Main Event
upcoming
Starts Aug 20, 2018, 12:00 AM CEST
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News & Features - The International 2018

Previous "The International" Tournaments

The International 2017
The International 2016
The International 2015
The International 2014
The International 2013

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.

The International 2018 looks set to be another monumental event with another prize pool that will shatter records, and GosuGamers wants to keep you ahead of all the TI 2018 news with our event coverage hub.

As world leaders for DOTA 2 coverage, GosuGamers aims to bring you the most comprehensive coverage possible for The International 2018. Armed with a team of Dota 2 fanatics and content creators, , GosuGamers will cover all of the bases you need to enhance your TI8 experience.

For everything from news, match reports and schedules to footage from the event and player interviews, GosuGamers.net is your one-stop shop for all things related.

Prize pool history - The International 2018

Base prize pool:
$1,600,000
Raised by community:
$22,733,886
Current prize pool:
$24,333,886

Prize pool history

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