The International: When Is TI and Who Has Qualified?
After a year without TI, The International 10 is finally on the horizon. Following a grueling year of Dota Pro Circuit events, teams are now ready to compete for the biggest prize pool in Dota 2 and the largest ever in esports. And just so you don’t miss out, here are details of when TI10 is, where it’s taking place, and who’s competing.
When is TI10?
TI10 was originally scheduled to run from August 5th to August 15th. This would see the Group Stage will last from August 5th – August 8th. Meanwhile, the Main Event would run from August 10th – August 15th. The Grand Finals would take place on the last day.
However, on June 21, Valve announced that Sweden did not accept esports into the sports federation. This lead to Valve needing to get TI10 classified as “an elite sporting event” by Sweden’s Minister of Interior. Unfortunately, the Minister of the Interior did not recognize The International as such. This means that those needing travel visas to enter Sweden, including those of the players, would be denied.
In the post, Valve would go on to say, “As a result, and in light of the current political situation in Sweden, we have started looking for possible alternatives elsewhere in Europe to host the event this year, in case the Swedish government is unable to accommodate The International – Dota 2 Championships as planned. We feel confident that in either instance we will have a solution that allows us to hold TI10 in Europe this year, and that we will be able to announce an updated plan in the very near future.”
Where Will TI10 Be Played?
The International had been scheduled to be played in Stockholm, Sweden, since 2019, when TI10 was initially announced. Despite its postponement in 2020, the event was expected to keep its home in 2021. However, the location of the event was thrown into question upon the revelation on June 21.
What is the Prize Pool?
The total prize pool for TI10 is $40,018,195. The winner is estimated to receive in excess of $15 million. The prize pool for T10 was funded partially by Valve, but the majority came from Battle Pass sales in 2020.
Who has qualified for TI10?
Twelve teams qualify for TI10 by gathering Dota Pro Circuit points during the regular season of the 2021 DPC. Additionally, teams from each of the DPC regions will participate in regional qualifiers, with the six winners joining the TI10 competition. Ultimately 18 teams will compete at the International.
After winning the first season of the NA DPC league and securing second place at the Singapore Major, EG sat at 950 DPC points and was one of the first teams to lock in their TI spot. An additional 300 points from a second-place finish in season 2 of the NA DPC meant that by the time the AniMajor started, EG was already locked for TI10
Virtus.Pro won both seasons of their regional DPC leagues. This meant that a pair of disappointing finishes at both Majors wouldn’t affect their TI10 chances. This young squad will have to step up their game at the most important international competition in the Dota 2 calendar.
Despite two average results during their DPC season, LGD was able to secure a ticket to TI10 thanks to incredible showings at both Majors. This clearly a team that thrives on international competition and gets stronger as tournaments go on. They are one of five China region teams headed to TI10.
Just like rivals EG, QC’s second and first-place finishes in the DPC seasons meant that they’d easily secure TI placements. But the stack looked shaky at the Singapore Major. However, a deeper run in the AniMajor secured the team a locked spot after just a few days.
During the first part of the DPC calendar, IG dominantly won their regional league and the Singapore Major in convincing fashion. However, after dropping off in the second season, the team failed to mage ground during the AniMajor. Luckily the team’s 1100 DPC points were more than enough to reach TI.
T1 locked their place at TI thanks to a first-place finish in the second season of their regional league. And they did this despite taking a 30-point penalty due to a roster change. Their results and a much-improved showing at the AniMajor meant SEA would have at least two teams at TI10.
A first-place finish at DreamLeague Season 14 meant Team Secret was likely to secure TI off the Singapore Major. Finishing fourth there ensured that even another fourth-place finish during DreamLeague Season 15 couldn’t stop secret from heading to TI10. Their form and current power level remains unproven though.
Another of the five China region teams set for TI10, Vici Gaming’s constituent play over the season napped them a spot at TI. Despite only taking third place or lower positions in leagues and Majors, the team could book their ticket to Stockholm.
The fourth Chinese team to lock in a spot at TI10, Team Aster turning around their season and winning the Chinese DPC second season locked their spot. Despite not gaining points at the AniMajor and not even qualifying for the Singapore Major, this team’s in-season performance has made sure they’ll compete for the $40 million+ prize pool.
After a second-place finish in the first DPC season, and a first-place finish to the second, Alliance have locked their spot for TI10. However, the team was helped along by the fact many other teams dropped down the rank at the Major. Having failed to perform at either Major, Alliance relied on their seasonal rankings alone to secure their spot.
Even with a heartbreaking end to season one that saw them miss the first Major due to health concerns, beastcoast finalised their accent to TI10 following the AniMajor. With the threshold set at 800 DPC points, the team scraped past once the likes of Team Nigma and TNC Predator were eliminated. The squad has been one of the best teams in South America for almost two years and finally gets a chance to show what they can do at The International.
Although they didn’t qualify for the AniMajor, Thunder Predator were able to leverage their season one score and a helpful elimination to secure their TI spot. With Team Nigma eliminated by Evil Geniuses at the final major, Thunder Predator’s DPC point total equaled exactly 800, securing their spot at TI10.
And those are the teams currently headed to TI10! More teams will be locked in the coming days at the WePlay AniMajor comes to a close. Keep your eyes peeled to Hotspawn for more TI10 information.