The dates, location, and teams are finally set for The International (TI10), Dota 2’s most prestigious annual tournament. The moment every Dota 2 pro player (and fan) has dreamed of is finally here. 

What is The International 10?

The International 10, Valve, Dota 2
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Dota 2’s The International is one of the grandest esports championship events in the world. TI10 will be the biggest of the series yet. 

The best teams in the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) all work towards making it into The International in hopes of lifting the Aegis of Champion and winning TI’s life-changing prize money.

The International 10 schedule and results

TI10, The International 10, Arena Nationala, Bucharest, Romania, Dota 2
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The tournament starts with the Group Stage from October 7 to 10, followed by the Main Stage starting on October 12. The TI10 champions will be crowned during the final day of the tournament on October 17.

The full schedule and most recent results will be updated when available. All times and days are in GMT+8.

Where will TI10 be held?

The International 10, Arena Naţională, Bucharest, Romania
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The International 10 will take place in Romania’s largest stadium Arena Nationala. 

The 55,000 capacity stadium has hosted major football matches, including home matches of the Romania national football team and the Romanian Cup Final.

Valve has yet to announce if The International 10 will have a live audience, or if there will be any health and safety protocols in place for the event.

Format of The International 10

Team Secret, Puppey, TI9, Dota 2
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18 teams will be divided into two groups of nine teams in a round-robin format.

Each team will play in a best-of-two match. A team that wins their match 2-0 earns 2 points, a 1-1 draw gives them 1 point, and a 0-2 loss leaves them with no points.

The top four teams in each group will advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event, while the bottom team in each group will be eliminated from TI10. Teams placed in the middle continue to the Lower Bracket of the Main Event.

The Main Event then proceeds with a double-elimination bracket. All matches will be played in a best-of-three series, except for the first round of the Lower Bracket, which will be a best-of-one.

The Grand Final will be a best-of-five match.

Teams that made it into the International 10

Arteezy, Abed, fly, iceiceice, Cr1t, Evil Geniuses, WePlay AniMajor
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The top 12 teams from the 2021 DPC season earned enough DPC Points to qualify for TI10.

2021 DPC season teams

  • Evil Geniuses
  • Quincy Crew
  • Invictus Gaming
  • T1
  • Vici Gaming
  • Team Secret
  • Team Aster
  • Alliance
  • beastcoast
  • Thunder Predator

Regional Qualifier teams

TI10 also includes the six teams that won their respective Regional Qualifiers.

(Last updated July 13)

The International 10’s official prize pool

Jerax, OG, TI9, The International 2019, Dota 2
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TI10 will have the biggest prize pool of any Valve Dota 2 tournament ever with US$40 million up for grabs. The previous TI9 had a US$34 million prize pool.

Valve has yet to announce the percentage breakdown for TI10. In TI9, OG took home US$15 million, which was 45% of the total prize pool.

Where to watch The International 10

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Dota 2 fans can watch TI10 live on Valve’s official The International Twitch and YouTube channels.

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