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Wield your keyboards! Tune your TVs! Catch those Battle Pass! The International 2018 is just to begin, champs, and you don’t want to slip a single thing.

Draw near with the utmost Dota 2 competition that arises lengthways each lone year, where just the finest will confront against each other in epic, exceptional and bloody clashes. At this point, eSportsOdds will take you over the whole epicenes of the tournament, retracing all features of it individually.

Valve Corporation’s The International will be celebrated in a fortnight so, without further do, and with your permit, let’s go over all what’s significant!


As beholden in Liquipedia, The International (identified as TI too), is an yearly tournament by the American-based company Valve Corporation, which comes along as a series of attempts by the same in order to create Dota Major Championships, integrating this as its Major and most admired event in the whole calendar year.

Not to windbag you, all commenced back in 2011, where the first championship took place in Cologne, Germany, and it went down at hand. Hereafter, Valve’s tournament started to take on Seattle from 2012 to 2017, grasping the consideration of countless fans owing it to its enthralling prize pool of $1.6 million USD.

The amount of money continued to nurtured as time passed by and, due to the efforts of the community, it concealed $20 astonishing million dollars by 2016, becoming, as noted, “the biggest eSports tournament in terms of prize pool”.

Teams and their whereabouts experienced some alterations over the years, from 16 initial invited rosters to 14 invites and two extra slits which only the conquerors of regional qualifiers could obtain: Nowadays, that number has been reached up to 18 total participant teams, that we presume will give us an wonderful time up on our screens.
So far, this is the list of winners, recorded by the year they won this magnum competition:

• Na’Vi, on 2011
• Invictus Gaming, on 2012
• Alliance, on 2013
• Newbee, on 2014
• Evil Geniuses, on 2015
• Wings, on 2016
• Liquid, on 2017

The passage of time has permitted us to watch some of the best plays and players, like “KuroKy”, from Germany, “iceiceice”, from Singapore and “UNiVeRsE”, from the United States: Those conform a series of individuals who have, also, attended the most to this conquest.


In 7 years of continual tournaments we’ve been able to lookout above 57 total squads either beating their opponents or prevalent as real winners during International’s group stages. However, how do they enter the tournament itself?

Valve’s TI8 works through a system of invitations and, currently, different previous qualifying events, which was implemented on 2012, lessening the amount of invitations by those means.

Following that order, a qualifying team must be suitable as Directly invited to the tournament (or INV), Directly qualified via DPC ranking (or DPC), Qualified: From the main qualifier phase (MQ), Qualified: From the open qualifier phase (OQ) and Qualified as a wild card (wc); if a team doesn’t fill the requirements, it means they won’t have a piece of cake, I mean, they are not going to be able to participate.

Note that, so far, the most successful participations counties have ever had are (5) Russia with 1 win and 2 players on top, (4) United States with 3 wins and 6 players on top, (3) Ukraine with 3 wins and 5 players on top, (2) Sweden with 5 wins and 6 players on top and, finally, (1) China with 14 golden medals and 44 players on top.
Learn the lot of information by visiting one of its most completed webpage in terms on information.


The following teams will be participating in The International 2018 as part of the direct invite system of Valve:


Team Secret

Initially known as For The Dream, PSG.LGD has recently signed up with football team Paris Saint-Germain, suffering a rebrand “under the partnership with EPICENTER XL”. It’s a Chinese team with total earnings of $8,098,933 and 7332 points in the Pro Circuit Rank.


This squad has recently won MLD Changsha Major with a total prize pool of $400,000, EPICENTER XL with a total prize pool of $500,000, and develops its roster with the following:

·       Wang “Ame” Chunyu

·       Lu “Somnus’M” Yao

·       Yang “Chalice” Shenyi

·       Xu “fy” Linsen, its captain

·       Yap “xNova” Jian Wei

A project made up by Natus Vincere, Fnatic and Alliance members after The International 2014 has now subdued into one of the greatest. This is a so-called European team, representing the same region (as it has participation from all over Europe), with total earnings of $5,814,080 and 5136 point in the Pro Circuit Rank.


Secret’s latest tournament won was the DreamLeague Season 8 on 2017, with a total prize pool of $500,00, and works along with:

·       John “John Yao” Yao

·       Matthew “Cyborgmtat” Bailey

·       Lee “SunBhie” Jeong-jae, its coach

·       Ayese “L1” Elvan Aydemir




A team that has really made up his way up to the top and sponsored by Secret Lab. Newbee is a Chinese squad, representing the same region, with total earnings of $12,377,752 and 2445 points in the Pro Circuit Rank.


Lately, they won ESL One Genting 2018 with a total prize pool of $160,000: All their other victories belong to last year. Newbee’s former list goes as follows:

·       Xu “Moogy” Han

·       Song “Sccc” Chun

·       Damien “kpii” Chok

·       Hu “Kaka” Liangzhi

·       Zeng “Faith” Hongday, its captain

Virtus is a recognized team in many eSports specialties, formed in 2003 with an initial Counter Strike 1.6 roster. It’s a Russian team, representing the Commonwealth of Independent States with total earnings of $6,386,758 and 12732 points in the Pro Circuit Rank.


They conquered The Bucharest Major with a prize pool of $500,000, ESL One Birmingham with a prize pool of $500,000, China Dota2 Supermajor with a prize pool of $225,000. Their roster constitutes by:

·       Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev

·       Vladimir “No[o]ne” Minenko

·       Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov

·       Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan

·       Alexei “Solo” Berezin, its captain


Team Liquid

Mineski.GGNetwork is an organization based on the Philippines from Southeast Asia, representing the same region, with total earnings of $973,009 and 3150 points in the Pro Circuit Rank.


The Dota 2 Asia Championships 2018 was the last tournament they got a golden medal on, with a total prize pool of $370,00. Their members are the following:

·       Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung

·       Kam “Moon” Boon Seng

·       Daryl Koh “iceiceice” Pei Xiang

·       Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong

·       Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross Jr., its captian

Founded in Netherlands in 2000, Liquid is a team based in both Netherlands and Europe, representing the latter, with total earnings of $15,525,500 and 9459 point (one of the biggest yet) in the Pro Circuit Rank.


They recently got China Dota 2 Supermajor’s golden with a prize pool of $500,000. Have a look at their roast:

·       Lasse “MATUBAMAN” Urpalainen

·       Almer “Miracle-“ Al-Barkawi

·       Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov

·       Maroun “GH” Merhej

·       Kuro “KuroKy Takhasomi, its captain

Vici Gaming


Vici has been in the field for over 6 years as a Chinese team, and representing the same region, with total earnings of $5,499,750 and 2835 points in the Pro Circuit Rank.


They haven’t won any recent tournaments. As for their list of active players:

·       Zhang “Paparazi” Chengjun

·       Zeng “Ori” Jiaoyang

·       Ren “eLeVeN” Yangwei

·       Zhang “LaNm” Zhicheng

·       Lu “Fenrir” Chao, its captain

Better known as Team VGJ, VGJ.Thunder is, just as many, a team from China, representing the same region, with total earnings of $872,462 and 1935 points in the Pro Circuit Rank.


Their last victory was on Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds, where the prize pool was set to $200,000. Here’s their roster:

·       Liu “Sylar” Jiajun

·       Liu “Freeze” Chang

·       Zhou “Yang” Haiyang

·       Pan “Fade” Yi, its captain

·       Leong “ddc” Fat-meng”



As for the teams that qualified throughout the regional qualifiers, we have:

• LGD.Forever Young, from China
• LGD Gaming, from China
• iG Vitality, from China
• Team Empire, from the Netherlands
• Team Secret, a European team
• HellRaisers, a European team
• Infamous, from Peru
• Digital Chaos, from North America
• Cloud9, from North America
• Fnatic, from Southeast Asia
• Execration, from the Philippines
• TNC Pro Team, from the Philippines

Each one of the aforementioned teams has won a qualifier within their region of origin.

Dates and Format

Dota2’s Gamepedia helped us in this one. Overall, The International 2018 will take place from August the 20th to August the 25, 2018. Here’s how the schedule will work:

• Open Qualifiers was celebrated from June the 14th to June the 17th (they are already closed, of course), in which winners from each region will advance to regional qualifiers.
• Main Qualifiers was held from June 18th and 25th (oi’, those too), in which participated 6 regions (North Americas, South Americas, Europe, China, CIS and Southeast Asia), and the winner of every single one advanced to the main event.
• Group Stage or “when things get really exciting” will be celebrated from August the 15th to August the 18th keeping in mind the following: There will be two groups of nine teams that would play in a round Robin; the top four teams in each group will move on the Main Event as the upper bracket, and the bottom team of each groups will be eliminated, leaving the path open for those winners from the lowest bracket to participate in the event subsequent to the same category.
• Main Event will take place from August the 20th to 25th in which 16 teams will play in a double-elimination format (8 in the upper and 8 in the lower). Grand finals will be held with the best of five.

Venuedota 2 international 2018 venue

As opposite to previous years, where TI8 took place on Seattle, this year’s event will be celebrated on Vancouver, Canada, at the Rogers Arena, which is a Hockey Place.
Opened in 1995, this Arena is also known as General Motors Place or Canada Hockey Place, and functions as an indoor sports arena located at 800 Griffiths Way in Vancouver’s downtown area. Most notable events so far have been Hockey, with a capacity of over +18k viewers and Basketball with +19k.

This $160 million giant will serve as host for the eighth iteration of Dota’s annual championship, being the first time an eSports event takes place in there. Be sure to check more about the arena by clicking here, and look out for these photos of it:

Prize Pool

By the beginning of the year, we all saw this year’s International prize pool quite disappointing. Though, as for today, the final prize pool has achieved an outstanding number of $15,141,547 USD that will be divided as follows:

• $6,662,281 for the first place
• $2,422,648 for the second place
• $1,589,862 for the third place; and
• $1,059,908 for the fourth place

It’s noticeable that winners of The International, as always, will also be wielding the Aegis of Champions, which represents a symbol of Dota: A physical trophy, awarded and forged out of bronze and silver.

“The Aegis of Champions is the ultimate symbol of victory in the epic struggle between Dire and Radiant. Never given, only earned, the shield is hefted by those who best prove themselves in the great tournament.”

All the crowdfunding made for this particular event has been from International 2018’s Battle Pass, in assessed contributions of 25% each.


The International will count on some of the most amazing casters, including DotACpapitalist, Blitz_DotA, SUNSfanTV, MoutData, TrentProx, keepingitKyle, and much more.
You can also follow up the whole coverage through the following sites:

• The International English stream.
• The International Russian stream.
• The International Chinese stream.

As this Major event quickly approaches, we recommend you to make your early bids and keep all the good money saved: We can help you out with your gambling! Just follow up our betting tips and, when you less expect it, you’ll be a winner.

So, are you ready for the International? Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comment section!

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See you there, my fellow companions.