After prolonged qualifications, finally, we have the complete 18-team roster ready for the main Dota 2 tournament of the year.
The tenth edition of The International returns to Europe for the first time since 2011. The event is a concluding tournament for the Dota Pro Circuit series and the annual event that will name the world’s best team.
TI10 was initially supposed to be held between August 18th to 23rd, 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden. Unfortunately, due to the global pandemic, the event was rescheduled for 2021.
Valve later announced the scheduled event on August 5th to 15th, 2021, yet that changed as well.
The final date and location are set in the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania, from October 7th to 17th. The sudden change in the hosting country was made due to the controversial question: “Should a country treat eSports equally as a regular sport?”. Logically, Sweden’s answer is no.
In other words, the Swedish government and their Sports Federation refused to recognize eSports as an official sport.
But now, let’s look at the bright side – 18 of the world’s best teams will soon compete for a 40+ million dollar prize pool. So let’s check the qualifiers.
The International 10 Qualified Teams
There are two ways to qualify for TI. The first is with DPC points, with the 12 team cap. And the second is through regional qualifications, where 6 spots are reserved. This one serves as the last call for the remaining teams, especially those who weren’t as fortunate during the Dota Pro Circuit.
Dota Pro Circuit qualifiers
- Evil Geniuses – 1,700
- PSG.LGD – 1,300
- Virtus Pro – 1,200
- Quincy Crew – 1,100
- Invictus Gaming – 1,100
- T1 – 1,070
- Vici Gaming – 950
- Team Secret – 950
- Team Aster – 800
- Alliance – 800
- beastcoast – 800
- Thunder Predator – 800
EG was the absolute leader this season, as they finished in 2nd place at the One Esports Singapore Major and WePlay Esports AniMajor. PSG.LGD took gold at WePlay Esports AniMajor, followed by Virtus Pro, who won both regional seasons.
Except for the Thunder Predator and PSG.LGD, each team earned a direct invite to this year’s The International by winning the regional league at least once and by appearing in at least one Major Dota 2 event.
- OG – Europe
- Elephant – China
- Team Spirit – CIS
- Fnatic – SEA
- Undying – NA
- SG e-sports – SA
Regional qualification is often the last chance for teams to qualify for the TI, which turned out to be the case for four out of six qualifiers.
Qualifiers from CIS and SEA demonstrated quite good performance, with appearances at one Major each, making them fully competent for The International Stage.
However, the situation wasn’t equal for Undying and SG e-sports, as they were mainly on the third spot in their regional list.
Elephant and OG seemed promising during the season, and even with pretty new rosters, they managed to beat a good portion of Chinese superstar teams.