We are officially halfway into 2017, and that has an extra significance for Dota 2 and eSports fans alike, as The International will be back for its 7th edition. The most lucrative Dota 2 tournament will be held on August 7 to 12 at the KeyArena, Seattle, and it’ll boast at least $15 million in the prize pool.
This year’s edition of TI will have 18 competitors vying for the top prize, featuring 6 directly-invited teams, while the rest of the spots will be filled up by winners of their respective Regional Qualifiers. All eighteen teams will battle in two Round Robin groups from which the bottom team of each group will be eliminated, and the remaining sixteen teams will move on to the Double Elimination Main Event at KeyArena.
Here are the 6 teams that got the direct invite:
The 12 remaining teams are segregated equally into 4 Regional Qualifiers for Europe, China, Southeast Asia and Americas. Each of them has 10 competitors gunning for the elusive spot in TI 7, with up to top 3 winners granted entry, depending on which region you are from. Here’s the breakdown for the SEA qualifiers:
It’ll definitely won’t be easy to enter the grand finals of such a prestigious tournament, but if you fancy your chances, you can sign up for the Open Qualifiers here. Who knows, you might be one of the breakthrough teams to battle it out with the top guns? You can find out more about TI 7 on its official site.