DotA 2 – The International 2018 Structure07/17/2018
The best DotA 2 players in the world are competing in The International 2018 tournament. This competition is hosted by parent company Valve and it's one of the most prestigious e-sports events. This year marks the eighth edition. It's the first time when the event is held in Canada. The venue where the event happens is the Rogers Arena. The tournament spans throughout the summer. It starts in June with the qualifiers and ends on August 25th when the finals are played.
There are five stages of The International 2018 tournament. The first stage is the open qualifiers that lasted for three days starting on June 14th. All teams are eligible for this phase which is a single elimination phase. From June 18th to June 25th, the main qualifiers take place. There are teams from six regions competing. The team that wins the regional competition goes further. Second and third places from select regions qualifiers also get a chance at the big prize. The next round takes place between August 15th and August 18th. This is the group stage. There will be two groups that have nine teams. The rule for this stage is round robin. The first four teams go to the upper bracket in the finals. The last team is eliminated. The other teams will go to the lower bracket. The main event is played between August 20th and August 25th when sixteen teams will compete according to the bracket they're in. The grand final is a best of five event. The All-Star Match will conclude the tournament.
This year's International has a prize pool of almost $20 million. The initial sum was less than $2 million but it grew as players bought Battle Passes. Twenty-five percent of the battle passes purchase goes into funding the tournament. The battle pass is a competition pass that includes various features. Players get access to quests and they will earn achievements and lots of other rewards. A special mode is available to those who have the pass.