Bootcamp for The International? For eight teams, that’s going to be a LAN event to hone their skills before the year’s premier Dota 2 event in October.

BetBoom Dacha, featuring a US$250,000 prize pool, is a LAN event that runs from September 10 to September 16, ending just a few weeks before TI12 kicks off, tournament organizer FISSURE announced.

In the meantime, eight teams are battling for qualification into the LAN portion of the event. These include:

  • Virtus Pro
  • One Move
  • Nemiga Gaming
  • Level UP
  • Luna Galaxy
  • Nigma Galaxy
  • KZ Team
  • Alliance

All but one team will be eliminated, meaning eight total squads will be fighting for a prize pool of US$250,000.

US$250,000 BetBoom Dacha features 8 of the best Dota 2 teams in the world

Team Spirit's Yatoro and Larl hugging at Riyadh Masters 2023
Credit: Gamers8

The LAN stage features some of the most in-form teams in the world right now, including three-time Major champions Gaimin Gladiators and the Riyadh Masters 2023 winner, Team Spirit:

  • Team Spirit
  • Gaimin Gladiators
  • BetBoom Team
  • 9Pandas
  • Team Aster
  • beastcoast
  • TBD

One more team — yet to be announced by the organizers — will be invited.

These eight teams will be split into two groups of four, then play a GSL-style group stage — a rarity in pro Dota. The two bottom teams will be eliminated, while the other six move on to the double-elimination playoffs.

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