The International 2017 is this year in it’s seventh edition. Organised by Valve, this Dota 2 Tournament is the biggest and most prestigious of the season. Not much is known at this point, but chances are it is going to be held in similar fashion to the previous years. Valve is likely going to put up an amount of money as the base price pool, to which the community can contribute by buying the compendium to the International. This approach has proved itself successful in the past, for example 2016 the base price pool of $1,600,000 got raised to an astonishing $20,770,460 by the Dota 2 players.
Based on previous Internationals, no region (east or west) could field a winner two times in a row. It is going to be very interesting this year, seeing as Wings Gaming (China) won in 2016, to see if the winner comes from the western hemisphere. Unfortunately Wings Gaming won’t be attending this year, as the team no longer exists.
The venue where it will be hosted is the KeyArena yet again in Seattle, USA as location for The International 2017.
The International 2017 is going to be very exciting for a number of reasons. One is the new Dota 2 Patch 7.0, which overhauls the map, the heroes, many items and also brings other sweeping changes. The first big trial to see which team can adapt the best will be the Kiev Major 2017 at the end of April.
The International 2017 (TI7) | Facts
- Location / Venue: KeyArena, Seattle, USA
- Main Event: 08/07 – 08/12/2017
- Group Stage: TBA
- Open Qualifiers: 06/22 – 06/25/2017
- Regional Qualifiers: 06/26 – 06/29/2017
- Patch: TBA
- Ticket Info
- Livestreams: there are going to be livestreams in english and a multitude of languages
- TI7 Prize Pool: TBD (currently + $20,000,000)
- TI7 Teams: 18
- Invited Teams: 6
- Teams through Qualifiers: 12
Valve keeps their system relatively the same compared to the Kiev Major and invites only a few teams directly to TI7. The winner of last year, Wings Gaming, is unlikely to participate in the tournament as the team has basically folded and their members have joined new teams. On the other hand, Valve has invited OG, one of the most successful Dota 2 teams and winners of the Kiev Major, directly to The International 2017. Further invites are Virtus.pro, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Invictus Gaming and Newbee. All the other teams have to go through the qualifiers.
There are two layers of qualifiers for TI7. First, the open qualifiers where every team can sign up to participate in. They will be held from 22. June to 25. June and the best teams will advance to the regional qualifiers where they have to face up against teams directly invited to the regional qualifiers. The regional Qualifiers will run from 26. June to 29. June. This brings the total teams to 18. They will be split in 2 round robin groups, similar to what happened at the Kiev Majors, and the two worst teams have to pack their bags before the tournament really started. The remaining 16 teams will move on to the double elimination main event at the KeyArena. All the following teams have qualified for The International 2017 in August.
Qualifiers Europe West
- Team Secret
- Planet Dog
Qualifiers CIS Region
- Team Empire
Qualifiers Southeast Asia
- TNC Gaming
Qualifiers North America
- Digital Chaos
- Team NP
Qualifiers South America
The International Qualifiers
All the teams without an direct invite, but who still want to participate, have to go through two sets of qualifiers. First up are the open qualifier, where every team can register themselves. The winner are going to the regional qualifier to play for a spot in the International.
How much is up for grabs is still unknown at this point, due to Valves unique approach to financing such events. They will put up a specific amount of money and the community can contribute, by buying an in-game item, to it. In the past years this approach worked wonderfully, for example Valve put up $1,600,000 for the International 2016 and the community raised it to an astonishing $20,770,460. The question if the pricepool is going to be even higher, is going to be an interesting one.
Update 06/30: The Prizepool has reached and surpassed $19,000,000 and is about to break into 20 Million Dollars! More information about the TI7 prizepool here.
Update 07/07: The Prizepool has reached and surpassed $20,000,000 and is about to break into 21 Million Dollars! More information about the TI7 prizepool here.
Battle Pass – The International 2017
The Battle Pass for this year’s The International 2017 is out. It comes in two different variants, one with level 0 for $9,99 and one with level 75, including a variety of cosmetic items, for $36,99. For every level you earn in the Battle Pass you’ll receive different rewards, such as items and effects in-game. In addition you can straight up buy levels from the Dota 2 store. 25% of the revenue goes directly to the price pool of The International 2017, it will be exciting until the end to see how high the price pool will rise.
Included with the Battle Pass is for the first time a co-op multiplayer campaign in two acts, where you can play with your friends and earn different rewards. Also included are already known features like the player book, where you can collect player cards and predict how The International 2017 will go. If predictions are correct, there are rewards waiting to be collected. The quest system from last year is returning as well. More Information about the Battle Pass here.
For everyone who wants to go to such an event, there will be of course the option to buy tickets. Read more in our TI7 Ticket Info / FAQ
TI7 Live Stream
Like every year, the International is going to be streamed free of charge over the internet. If previous years are any indication, English and other languages will be available. A variety of commentators and analysts contribute to the experience and excitement.