DOTA 2: The International 2022 will cap off the DOTA Pro Circuit 2021-2022 season. This year’s tournament will take place in Singapore and see the world’s best DOTA teams battle for prize money currently topping $10,500,000 and on track to exceed last year’s $40,000,000.
The International, or TI, is the biggest event in the eSports calendar watched by millions across the globe. Last year, the prize fund exceeded $40,000,000, the largest pot in the history of eSports.
This year’s event in Singapore will involve 20 teams, the most in the history of the tournament. Some of the teams will earn their place through regional playoffs, while two teams will enter from a Last Chance qualifier round featuring the 2nd and 3rd placed teams in each of the regional qualifiers.
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What? DOTA 2: The International 2022 Playoffs and Finals
This will be the 11th The International competition since its launch in 2011.
Group Stage and Playoff matches will take place at Suntec Singapore, while the Grand Finals will be hosted in the spectacular Singapore Indoor Stadium.
When? Saturday 15th October, 2022 – Sunday 30th October, 2022
The Group Stages will take place from 15th - 18th October, followed by the Playoffs from 20th - 23rd October. The Grand Finals will then go down on 29th and 30th October.
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The Lead Up: DOTA 2: The International
This year’s DOTA 2: The International will be the largest competition in its history with 20 teams involved, expanded from last year’s 18 teams.
The International 2021 winners - Team Spirit - enter the tournament on a run of good form having emerged victorious in the PGL Arlington Major 2022 in August, defeating last year’s runners-up PSG.LGD in a rematch of The International 2021 final.
12 teams were invited to participate in the tournament, while the remaining 8 teams will earn their spot in The International 2022 through their regional qualifiers in North America, West Europe, China, South East Asia and two Last Chance Qualifier match-ups.
The prestigious Aegis of Champions, a specially-made trophy forged from bronze and silver and clad in leather, will be up for grabs again as incumbent champions Team Spirit defend their glory against all comers.
Top Contenders for DOTA 2: The International 2022
Topping the rankings over the DOTA Pro Circuit with 2240 points, PSG.LGD have won four events this year and look an excellent bet to take home glory at The International 2022.
The team formed an official partnership with mega-rich French football side PSG in 2018. PSG.LGD have yet to triumph in DOTA 2’s biggest competition having finished runners-up in 2021 and 2019.
Russian eSports side Team Spirit sealed the first TI triumph in their history last year following a thrilling final against PSG.LGD. This time around, they are also one of the favorites to emerge as champions.
Should Team Spirit defend their crown, they will emulate rival team OG’s feat of winning two International’s in a row in 2018 and 2019.
OG are legends in the DOTA 2 world having become the first team to win two consecutive Internationals in 2018 and 2019. The European side were also the first team to secure four majors in a single year, a feat achieved back in 2017.
Having recently defeated Team Aster 3-0 in the final of the ESL One: Malaysia 2022, OG are on hot form and will look to achieve their 3rd International triumph in 4 years and become the tournament’s undisputed most-successful team.
The DOTA 2: The International 2022 Tournament Structure
This year’s tournament will be structured slightly differently from previous iterations after two more teams were added through the new Last Chance Qualifying round.
Group Stage - October 15th to October 18th
The Group Stage will kick off the tournament proper on October 15th at the Suntec Singapore. This stage will see the 20 qualifying teams divided into two groups of 10, who will each play the other group members in a round-robin format.
Games during the Group Stage will be a Best-of-Two format and earn each team points to determine their final standing in the group. A 2-0 victory will grant teams 3 points, while a 1-1 will give each team 1 point.
The top four teams in each group will advance to the next round in the Upper Bracket, giving them the benefit of choosing their next-round opponent.
Teams placed from 5th to 8th will also advance to the Playoffs but enter the Lower Bracket, matching them up against the better teams.
Four teams will exit the tournament for good at this stage, with the bottom two teams from each group saying farewell. The remaining 16 teams will then advance to the Main Event.
Main Event - 20th October to 23rd October
The tournament Playoffs will take place between October 20th and October 23rd to determine who will advance to The International 2022 Grand Finals.
This elimination-bracket stage will mostly be a Best-of-Three format, although the first round of Lower Bracket games are set to be a Best-of-One.
Grand Finals - 29th October and 30th October
The epic Grand Finals will go down in the Singapore Indoor Stadium over the final weekend of October to crown the ultimate winner of TI: 2022.
Given that The International has broken its prize pool record for three years running, we’re likely to see another world-record cash pot up for grabs.
Grand Finals matchups will be a Best-of-Five format as the last four teams standing battle it out for the Aegis of Champions.
How to Qualify for DOTA 2: The International
Qualification for DOTA 2: The International is fierce, with hundreds of teams from across the world competing for just 20 spots in the tournament. From 2011 to 2016, only 16 teams could qualify, increased to 18 from 2017 to 2021 and up to 20 this year.
Based on performances throughout the DOTA Pro Circuit, 12 teams have earned an invitation to play at The International 2022. Another 6 teams will make it through by triumphing in their regional qualifiers, followed by another 2 sides in the Last Chance Qualifiers.
The Last Chance qualifiers are set to go down from October 8th to October 12th and will determine the final two teams to enter the tournament. This will involve 12 teams battling it out for just two spots in The International 2022.
DOTA 2: The International 2022 - How to Watch
Fans of DOTA 2 can tune in and watch The International 2022 go down live from anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection to view every minute as it happens, presented to you in several languages.
Official Twitch channel
The tournament will be streamed live on the TI official Twitch channel. Here you can listen to play-by-play commentary and learn valuable insights into tactics and strategy.
The broadcasting team is also aware that many DOTA 2 newcomers will be tuning in to watch the world’s biggest eSports competition. Expect plenty of tips and explanations for beginners so you can keep up with the action.
Fans can also tune in to live coverage through YouTube through the DOTA 2 official page. Additionally, the tournament will be available on demand if you aren’t able to catch it live.
On DOTA 2
DOTA 2 enthusiasts who have the game installed on their PC can actually watch matches through the game itself.
Simply go on the in-game client under the "Watch" section and pick a match to watch.
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