The International 2017 is this year in it’s seventh edition. Organised by Valve, this Dota 2 Tournament is the biggest and most prestigious of the season. Not much is known at this point, but chances are it is going to be held in similar fashion to the previous years. Valve is likely going to put up an amount of money as the base price pool, to which the community can contribute by buying the compendium to the International. This approach has proved itself successful in the past, for example 2016 the base price pool of $1,600,000 got raised to an astonishing $20,770,460 by the Dota 2 players.
Based on previous Internationals, no region (east or west) could field a winner two times in a row. It is going to be very interesting this year, seeing as Wings Gaming (China) won in 2016, to see if the winner comes from the western hemisphere.
The venue where it will be hosted is still unknown, but Valve is keeping Seattle, USA as location for The International 2017.
The International 2017 is going to be very exciting for a number of reasons. One is the new Dota 2 Patch 7.0, which overhauls the map, the heroes, many items and also brings other sweeping changes. The first big trial to see which team can adapt the best will be the Kiev Major 2017 at the end of April.
The International 2017 (TI7) | Facts
- Location / Venue: Seattle, USA
- Main Event: first half of August
- Open Qualifiers: 22.06.- 25.06.2017
- Regional Qualifiers: 26.6. – 29.6.2017
- Patch: TBD
- Tickets: not yet available
- Livestreams: there are going to be livestreams in english and a multitude of languages
- Prizepool: TBD
- Teams: TB
Valve is most probable going to keep their system relatively the same, as it worked out well with TI6, and only invite a few teams directly. The winners of the last year, Wings Gaming, are very likely going to be one of the first teams invited. In addition, the winner of the Kiev Major in April is a very likely candidate for an invite as well. The rest of the teams still have a chance to participate in the International 2017 if they go through the qualifiers.
The International Qualifiers
All the teams without an direct invite, but who still want to participate, have to go through two sets of qualifiers. First up are the open qualifier, where every team can register themselves. The winner are going to the regional qualifier to play for a spot in the International.
TI 7 Dota 2 Betting Information
It is very likely that betting will be available once again for the International 2017 to further increase the tension and excitement. This will not be limited for the main event in the first half of August. More than likely there will be betting options for the qualifiers too. Find out more information on how betting in Dota 2 works here.
How much is up for grabs is still unknown at this point, due to Valves unique approach to financing such events. They will put up a specific amount of money and the community can contribute, by buying an in-game item, to it. In the past years this approach worked wonderfully, for example Valve put up $1,600,000 for the International 2016 and the community raised it to an astonishing $20,770,460. The question if the pricepool is going to be even higher, is going to be an interesting one.
For everyone who wants to go to such an event, there will be of course the option to buy tickets.
TI7 Live Stream
Like every year, the International is going to be streamed free of charge over the internet. If previous years are any indication, English and other languages will be available. A variety of commentators and analysts contribute to the experience and excitement.