OG, Virtus.pro, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Invictus Gaming and Newbee.
Those are the six teams to avoid the culling of the qualifiers and get a direct seed into Valve’s crown Dota 2 event: The International. Planned for August 7-12 to take place in Seattle’s KeyArena, TI will for the seventh time make millionaires out of some distinct gamers.
Valve have never revealed how the invite selection process works but the Dota 2 community has managed over the years to reverse-engineer it to make predictions with adequate accuracy. After winning Kiev Major, OG were an expected invite, but the other five teams have also had tournament success this year.
Virtus.pro come in as OG’s runner-ups from the Kiev Major but also as the defending champions of The Summit 7, which finished mere hours ago. VP’s win over Team Secret in the finals made them defending champions of the franchise are now looking to go into TI prep with the hope of beating their only two TI appearances ever, both with disappointing results: A bottom 16 finish at TI 2013 and top 6 at TI 2015.
Team Liquid might have only finished top 8 at the Kiev Major but have been gilded in gold in many other tournaments around it. Two StarLadder titles alongside the recent EPICENTER 2017 championship defense won Team Liquid the invite.
Evil Geniuses and Invictus Gaming share similar achievements in 2017 with their invites in the mail. Both teams finished top four in Kiev but won a championship outside Valve grounds: iG at DAC 2017 (3-0 over OG), and EG at Manila Masters (3-1 over Newbee).
Speaking of Newbee, the TI 2014 champions might have missed their invite had it not been for their strong Spring campaign. In the span of three weeks, the roster behind captain Hu “Kaka” Liangzhi emerged victorious at ZOTAC Cup Masters and Galaxy Battles, adding to their silver from Manila Masters from the month before.
These six teams now wait for 12 more to be selected through the qualifier process, the slots being allocated as follows:
- Europe: 2
- CIS: 1
- China: 3
- Southeast Asia: 3
- North America: 2
- South America: 1
The open qualifiers are being held June 22-25 with the regional qualifiers following on June 26-29 to make for one really busy Dota 2 week.
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