After eight days of the Open Qualifiers and Regional Qualifiers, we now know the eighteen teams going to Seattle; including the four teams in the wild cards.
Teams invited by Valve:
Qualified for the group stage in Seattle (position I and II):
No real surprises in Americas and Europe. The defending champions, Evil Geniuses, breezed through the qualifiers dropping only one game to Digital Chaos. Team Secret also breezed through Europe Open Qualifiers but stumbled a little in the Regionals. They managed to finish first after easily winning both tie-breaker games. Also, shout out to Synderen who will make a comeback in The International as a player with Escape Gaming and not as a panelist.
The surprise came during the Chinese Qualifiers, as many big organizations failed to qualify. Last year’s runner-up CDEC didn’t make the cut, they had a poor run winning only three games during the group stages. Invictus Gaming, who participated in all the other iterations of The International, also did not qualify, making Na’Vi the only team to participate in all six Internationals under the same banner.
During SEA qualifiers, TnC shocked Fnatic and Execration to take the first spot. They had a strong showing in the region, but the road to immortality just gets tougher from here. How will they fair against top tier teams at The International? Let’s wait and watch..
18 teams will meet in Seattle in August to fight for the Aegis of Champions. The competition will span from August 3rd to August 13th at the KeyArena. All teams will fight for one of the biggest prize pool of eSports. Last year, the prize pool reached $18,429,613. This year, at the time of writing, the prize pool was at $14,151,874 with still more than a month to go. Will the prize pool make it to more than $20,000,000?
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