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The International 2015 is approaching fast. A few days before we start with the wildcard stages, I feel that we should familiarize ourselves with the rules. We have three stages in the International 2015 and each of the have their own set of rules and regulations. First we have the wildcard stages in which we will determine the last two teams participating in the International 2015.

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TI5 WILDCARD STAGES RULES

  • Four team double elimination.
  • All Matches are best of 3.
  • Winner of upper bracket becomes wild card #1 in the Group Stage, winner of lower bracket becomes wild card #2

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Selection priority for one game is determined by a coin toss. Alternates for game two. Coin toss is used again if there is a game three.

The team with selection priority may pick either side of the map or the drafting order.

Brackets will be decided randomly.

The rules in the wildcard stages are pretty straight-forward. We can see how important winning the first best of three is. If you win the first series you have two chances to get into the main event. The brackets have been announced and we now know that it will be CDEC Gaming vs. Vega Squadron and MVP Phoenix up against Team Archon in the first round of the wildcard stages.

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TI5 GROUP STAGE RULES

  • Two groups of eight teams
  • Each match consists of two games against the same opponent
  • A 2-0 win provides 3 points, 1-1 provides 1 point and 0-2 scores no points

In each match, a coin toss decides which team has selection priority. Alternates for game two.

Tiebreakers

  • If there is a tie along the upper and lower bracket divider, more games will be played
  • For other games the following is used.
  1. Compare the match-up history of the tied teams
  2. Compare their wins versus the seed right below them. Repeat until resolved
  • Coin toss

The group stage will determine the seeding of the teams in the main event, so it is very important that the teams rack up enough wins to be able to be seeded as high as possible. The tiebreakers might also be another point of contention among the teams, as Valve has not yet released who will actually decide on which team is going to be a higher seed than the other one in case of a tie. It might have been better if a coin toss decided the dilemma outright.

TI5 MAIN EVENT RULES

The 1st place in each group of the group stage picks their opponent from either the 3rd or 4th place finisher of the opposite group.

Upper Bracket

  • Upper bracket A: Group A Seed 1 vs. Group B Seed 3 / 4
  • Upper bracket B: Group B Seed 2 vs. Group A Seed 3 / 4 (The team group B seed 1 didn’t choose)
  • Upper bracket C: Group B Seed 1 vs. Group A Seed 3 / 4
  • Upper bracket D: Group A Seed 2 vs. Group B Seed 3 / 4 ( The team group A seed 1 didn’t choose)

First round: The higher seed has selection priority for game 1 and 3.

Other rounds: Selection priority for game one is determined by coin toss. Alternates for game two. Coin toss is used again if there is a third game.

All upper bracket games are best of three. Grand finals are best of 5, no game advantage.

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Lower Bracket

  • Lower bracket A: Group A seed 5 vs. Group B seed 7 / 8
  • Lower bracket B: Group B seed 6 vs. Group A seed 7 / 8 (The team group B seed 5 didn’t choose)
  • Lower bracket C: Group B seed 5 vs. Group A seed 7 / 8
  • Lower bracket D: Group A seed 6 vs. Group B seed 7 / 8 (The team group A seed 5 didn’t choose)

First round: The higher has selection priority in the best of 1.

Other rounds: Selection priority for game one is determined by coin toss. Alternates for game two. Coin toss is used again if there is a third game.

Lower bracket matches are best of three, except for the first round which is best of one.

The rules just underscore the need to be able to have a good group stage in order to have a good chance to go deep into the main event. Imagine having the luxury to choose who you are going to go up against in the first round of the main event. The best news would have to be that there will be no one game advantage during the grand finals of the International 2015. The finalists have to pull out all the stops in order to take home the Aegis in this iteration of the International.