With The International starting its group stages tomorrow, August 2nd, here’s a primer on what you need to watch the event.
The group splits for The International
In a departure from previous years, there will be no wild card round for the tournament. Instead, 18 teams total have qualified or been invited directly to compete in the group stages. And two teams will be eliminated after this phase, receiving only 0.25% of the prize pool each.
With the 18 teams split into two groups, teams will play every other team in their group, twice, in a round robin format. They’ll be awarded 1 point for every game win, and 0 points for a loss. At the end of the group stage on Saturday, the bottom team of each group will be eliminated from the tournament, and the remaining top 4 and bottom 4 will be seeded in the upper and lower brackets of the main event.
The main event is a double-elimination format, with the first Lower Bracket games as a best-of-one, the Grand Finals best-of-five, and the rest of the games best-of-three. As of now, the prize pool is at $23 million, already besting last year’s record setting purse and awarding the winner over $10 million.
Check our Clips page for TI7 to see the most recent highlights of the tournament
For those who can’t keep their eyes glued to the screens, you can also follow play-by-play updates and real-time stats on TrackDota.
As always, Valve will have replays available after the matches have finished. But for in-depth statistics, check out our esports page for TI7. It’s a great hub to hash over item builds, drafting trends, and watching highlights from our new Clips feature. We’ve worked hard on making it more than just a feature that shows highlights. Clips can be filtered by event, team, and player. Within every match, there’s a timeline of events and networth changes that has other relevant clips mapped to it.
There’s going to be 144 games of Dota played over the next 4 days, which is more than the number of hours in that window. It’ll take some time travel for the most passionate fans to watch them all, but we have some great tools here for everyone else to keep up, and we’ll be writing our own recaps here on this blog. The group stage kicks off August 2nd, 18:30 CEST/09:30 PDT.