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Dota 2 – The International 7 Is Back And We’re Here To Tell You All About It!

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What is The International 7?

The International is the third Major tournament in the Dota 2 scene. The other Major tournaments are The Boston Major and The Kiev Major. Major events are internationally recognized events where the best teams from all over the world gather and battle for glory and a piece of the prize pool.
This year, the tournament is once again hosted in Seattle in the KeyArena with an audience turn up of around 15,000 people. In order for teams to qualify for The International, they have to go through a total of 3 qualifiers:

  • Champions Qualifiers: 20 June – 22 June
  • Open Qualifiers: 22 June – 26 June
  • Main Qualifiers: 26 June – 30 June

After a month of being on standby, the best teams now size each other up in The Group Stage, which will run from 2 August to 5 August. Each day will begin at 9:00 AM PDT. Be sure to look out for their streams (Youtube, Twitch) and follow their twitter so you won’t miss anything.

The Teams

There are a total of 18 teams, 6 of them entered from a direct invitation and 12 of them are the top ranking teams of their respective regions:
Direct Invitation: 

  • Evil Geniuses
  • Invictus Gaming
  • Newbee
  • OG
  • Team Liquid
  • Virtus. pro

Regional Qualifier Winners:

  • iG Vitality (China winner)
  • LGD. Forever Young (China 2nd place)
  • LGD Gaming (China 3rd place)
  • Team Empire (CIS winner)
  • Team Secret (Europe winner)
  • HellRaisers (Europe 2nd place)
  • Cloud 9 (North America winner)
  • Digital Chaos (North America 2nd place)
  • Infamous (South America winner)
  • TNC Pro Team (Southeast Asia winner)
  • Fnatic (Southeat Asia 2nd place)
  • Execration (Southeat Asia 3rd place)

The Group Stage divides the teams into two groups (Group A and B) and teams within groups play each other in a Round Robin format. All matches in the group stage are best of 2. The top 4 teams in each group may advance to the upper brackets whereas the following 4 teams advance to the lower brackets in the Main EventThe teams on the bottom of the groups are elliminated from the tournament.
The Main Event will run from 7 August to 12 August. Teams in the Lower Brackets will play Best of 1 games to compete for a spot in the grand finals. Teams in the Upper Bracket will play Best of 3 games. In the finals, teams will play Best of 5 matches.

What’s The Prize Pool?

Currently, the prize pool totals up to $23,404,474 USD. And the winnings are split as follows:
 

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Recap of Day 1

GROUP A:
Evil Genius vs. TNC Pro Team (1-1)
Team Liquid vs. Invictus Gaming Vitality (2-0)
LGD Gaming vs. Fnatic (2-0)
Team Secret vs. Team Empire (1-1)
LGD Gaming vs. Team Empire (2-0)
Team Secret vs. Infamous (1-1)
Team Liquid vs. Fnatic (2-0)
Evil Geniuses vs. Invictus Gaming Vitality (1-1)
Evil Geniuses vs. Team Liquid (1-1)
TNC Pro Team vs. Fnatic (2-0)
Team Empire vs. Infamous (1-1)
LGD Gaming vs. Team Secret (2-0)
Team Standings:
LGD Gaming – 6 wins
Team Liquid – 5 wins
Evil Gaming – 3 wins
TNC Pro Team – 3 wins
Team Secret – 2 wins
Infamous – 2 wins
Team Empire – 2 wins
Invictus – 1 win
Fnatic – 0 wins
GROUP B:
Virtus.pro vs. Digital Chaos (2-0)
LGD. Forever Young vs. Execration (2-0)
Newbee vs. Invictus Gaming (1-1)
OG vs. Cloud 9 (2-0)
Virtus.pro vs. Execration (1-1)
Newbee vs. Cloud 9 (2-0)
OG vs. Digital Chaos (1-1)
LGD. Forever Young vs. HellRaisers (2-0)
Team Standings:
LGD. Forever Young – 4 wins
Newbee – 3 wins
Virtus.pro – 3 wins
OG – 3 wins
Digital Chaos – 1 win
Execration – 1 win
Invictus Gaming – 1 win
Cloud 9 – 0 wins
HellRaisers – 0 wins
 

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