The International 2018 – TI8 – is now the eighth edition of the biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year. It is also the final of the long esports season and here the best Dota 2 team of the season will be found. It is the first year in which the Pro Circuit Points (hereinafter referred to as PCP) come into play. These were created after the Dota 2 TI7 in order to give the tournaments throughout the year more impact. In recent years Valve has been responsible for inviting the right teams directly to The International. This year the PCP will decide which teams will receive invitations. It will also be exciting to see how high the prize money will climb this year after the tournaments have surpassed themselves year after year and belong to the biggest and best-paid esports tournaments of all time. The date is officially announced now, The International 8 will be held from 20th of August to the 25th of August. Not too much is known at the moment, but we will update this page with the latest information. For the first time in Dota 2 history, the TI will not be held in the USA, but on Canadian soil: in Vancouver. We are curious what this change of location will bring for the tournament, as there have been more and more problems with the visas in recent years. This problem should be a thing of the past.
The International 2018 (TI8) – Facts
- Location: Rogers Arena, Vancouver, Canda
- Date: 08/15/2018 – 08/25/2018
- Patch: TBA
- Livestream: will be available in different languages
- Prizepool: $1,600,000 by Valve & sales of the Battle Pass
- Tickets: 2 different kinds available
- Bets and Odds available for all the matches
- Livestream available
- The International 2018 Schedule and Results
Of course, there will also be eSports bets for the Dota 2 TI8. The biggest tournament in the eSports scene will probably not missed by any bookmaker. If the last year and TI7 was a hint, there will be exciting live bets in addition to the already known bets like the overall winners bet. Furthermore, many different Dota 2 bets are likely to be published for the individual games. Read more about The International 2018 Betting Odds here!
The International 2018 | Teams
Even though there’s still plenty of time to go before the official start of The International 2018 in DotA 2, the invited teams have already been announced. Needless to say, there are several new names here, but looking at the names, they’re somewhat close to what all of us have been expected. In contrast to last year’s TI7, now there are 8 invited teams instead of just 6. On the other hand, there will be 2 less teams emerging from the qualifiers which will bring the total team sum back to 18 teams, just like last year. All in all, TI8 seems like it will live up to everybody’s expectations, at least when it comes to team quality – and that’s what’s most important at the end of the day! Read more about The International 2018 Teams and Players here!
Prize Pool – TI8
After breaking the record for eSports prize money at each tournament in recent years, it’s really hard to say how high the prize pool will rise this year. Most likely there will be a Battle Pass for the TI8, of which 25% of the proceeds will go directly into the prize pool. Nevertheless, just last year the astronomical sum of $24,787,916 was reached. The winner 2017 Team Liquid won a total of $10,862,683 for first place. The system that the community can help with the prize pool has been in place since 2013, but it wasn’t until 2014 that the system began to take effect and the prize pool rose to over $10 million. Since then, a new record has been set year after year.
Pro Circuit Points – Dota 2 TI8
In July 2017, Valve introduced their new system in July 2017, after having been criticized in recent years for giving away direct invitations. In this new feature, the tournaments are divided into majors and minors and, in addition to the prize money, the teams also win so-called Pro Circuit Points, which in the end decide which teams will receive a direct invitation to the TI8. And while in previous years there were only 3 major tournaments organized by Valve, now several tournaments, not even organized by Valve, are considered major tournaments. This has the added bonus that fans can now enjoy big tournaments on a regular basis. And it is also important for the teams, because now the whole performance counts in the season and the focus is no longer on the last months before The International. Majors have a value of 1500 points, and the minors are worth 300 points. The PCP is distributed to the individual players and only the 3 players within a team with the highest points are counted. This should counteract the changing of teams and players. Probably 8 direct invitations will be issued. This currently results in the following standings (Update: 03/23/2018):
|Standing||Pro Circuit Points
|5.||2160|| Vici Gaming
|7.||1335|| Evil Geniuses
This shows that Virtus. pro is more or less the first team to be invited for sure. In addition, Team Secret and Team Liquid have an excellent chance of receiving a direct invitation for the TI8 due to their point advantage. However, there are still 9150 Pro Circuit Points to be won in the remainder of the season, which means that places 4 to 8, in particular, are still open.
Tickets – TI8
Of course, there will also be tickets for the new venue for all fans who have always wanted to watch the action live on site. This year, The International will move to Canada for the first time and will be held at the Rodgers Arena. Like last year, there are two different tickets, the Midweek Ticket, which allows access to the arena in the first four days. For the last two days there are tickets for the finals, which is also a bit more expensive since the tournament is going into the really exciting phase here. The Midweek ticket can be purchased for about 100 USD, while the Finals ticket will cost an impressive 195 USD. All those who want to buy a ticket should hurry up and be fast, as the battle for the few and coveted access cards will be decided very quickly. There are two dates when they will be available, one on 23.03. at 10 AM PDT and one on 24.03. at 10 PM PDT. For more information please check the FAQs on the official site. The sale will take place via ticketmaster.ca.
As we’d come to expect, Dota 2 The International 2018 will feature a thrilling number of streaming platforms, making sure each and every single fan from all corners of the world are able to watch the spectacle live… and in their native language, for the most part. With all that in mind, you can expect Dota 2 TI8 livestreams in English, Russian, and Chinese, but I reckon the coverage will be even broader once the tournament actually kicks off.