We are roughly a month away from the biggest yearly Dota 2 tournament, The International, but fans can already look forward to all the action they are about to get as the top 18 teams have been finalized. Only 6 teams were given direct invite slots, while the rest have to go through regional qualifiers in Europe, China, Southeast Asia and Americas.
It was a nervy 3 days for most of the teams, but those who qualified can rest easy knowing they’ll stand a chance to win a big chunk out of the $20 million prize pool, which might increase even more over the weeks. Here are the teams that made it past the qualifiers:
- Team Secret (Europe Winner)
- Planet Dog (Europe Runner-up)
- Team Empire (CIS Winner)
- iG Vitality (China Winner)
- LGD.Forever Young (China Runner-up)
- LGD Gaming (China Third place)
- TNC Pro Team (Southeast Asia Winner)
- Fnatic (Southeast Asia Runner-up)
- Execration (Southeast Asia Third place)
- Team NP (North America Winner)
- Digital Chaos (North America Runner-up)
- Infamous (South America Winner)
Most of the teams that got a spot via the qualifiers are veterans in the industry, so it’s not surprising to see their names in TI 2017, namely Team Secret, Team NP, and Fnatic. With that said, there are a few surprising omissions, such as Team Faceless and Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung (Mineski), who finished fourth in TI 2016 with his former team, Fnatic. On top of that, this year’s competition will also be the first without a defending champion, as the former members of last year’s winner, Wings Gaming failed to make it past the qualifiers in their new teams.
Despite the huge upsets, TI 2017 sets to be one heck of a tournament for featuring a solid line-up, while boasting what might be the largest prize pool in eSports competition yet. We at Gamehubs would also like to wish all the best to local players Zheng "MidOne" Yeik Nai (Team Secret), Tue "Ahfu" Soon Chuan (LGD.Forever Young), Lai "Ahjit" Jay Son (Fnatic), and Chong Xin "Ohaiyo" Khoo (Fnatic) in claiming top prize in the granddaddy of Dota 2 tournaments.