The International is the most awaited event among Dota 2 lovers. It happens on an annual basis. For eSports lovers, the annual event is one held in high esteem and reminiscence as it gives exhilarating vibes. For GGBET, it is an event to cash out big as bettors place stakes in the thrill-packed Dota 2 matches.
In the year 2023, The International Dota 2 tournament takes place from October 12th to October 29th. The event is the last Dota 2 event in 2023 as tradition holds. Curious to know what the event is about? Hold tight, the International 2023 is one exciting discussion you don’t want to miss.
Let’s begin with how this tournament works. There are only 20 teams playing in the tournament and there is a structured gameplay format which will be followed to determine the winner of the tournament. Basically, the tournament begins with a group stage where each team battles to rank top in a group of 4 teams. This implies there will be 5 groups in total and every team to rank 4th will be eliminated. This stage begins from the 12th of October till the 15th at a place yet to be determined.
The top 16 teams then qualify for the Playoffs stage where they engage in an elimination match. Once they lose this match, they are out of the tournament. This is to narrow the Dota 2 teams down to 8. This stage is held from the 20th till the 22nd at the Seattle Convention Center’s Summit. The eight surviving teams move to the next stage called the “Finals Weekend”.
The finals stage is set for the 27th to the 29th. The venue is the Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, United States. The venue is fully capable of holding over 18,000 persons. The Finals stage is broken into two: Lower Bracket Finals and Grand Finals. The teams qualified for this stage have a huge chunk from the prize pool. In the Finals, the teams give their best to take home the title of Champion.
The International 2023 tournament requires the participation of only 20 teams and only the best teams can get qualified to engage in the prominent Dota 2 combats. This year, the following teams qualified for a slot in the Dota 2 tournament:
- Team Liquid
- Gaimin Gladiators
- Tundra Esports
- Evil Geniuses
- Shopify Rebellion
- Talon Esports
- Team Spirit
- BetBoom Team
- Keyd Stars
- Thunder Awaken
- Quest Esports
- Azure Ray
- Team SMG
Presently, current news shows that the Dota 2 final tournament is setting its prize pool at $2,765,449. Some rumours also spread about a further increase of The International 2023 prize pool to $15,000,000. One thing remains the same – every team gets a piece of the prize, regardless of their position.
“The International 2023: Potential Winners
Heated arguments have occurred about this subject matter but several experts have selected some teams as the most likely to win. The most frequently selected teams are Team Spirit and the winners of the last held “The International” competition – Tundra Esports. Let’s examine these two teams:
- Team Spirit: This eSport team is a Russian-based competitive team, given a direct invitation to play in The International tournament. The team consists of five skilled pro gamers – Yatoro, Larl, Collapse, Mira and Miposhka. Playing together, these players won the 2023 Riyadh Masters game winning over $5,000,000. They have also won The International in previous seasons.
- Tundra eSports: Being an English team and a late entrant to Dota 2 gaming, you might underestimate them. With top Dota 2 players such as Skiter, Topson, 33, Nine and Sneyking, Tundra eSports poses a huge threat to other Dota 2 teams.
While this gives hints to Dota 2 Outright punters, let’s see other possibilities that may occur during the tournament.
Most Kills (Team and Player Category)
Many stipulate that the team that attains the highest kills may be Team Liquid. The Team Liquid gamer, Nisha has also proven himself qualified to be the most potential player to have a killing spree. Yatoro, a “Team Spirit” player and dyrachyo, the skilled Gaimin Gladiators player also show the potential of having the highest kills.
The International Dota 2 event is rated the highest event of any Dota 2 season. Given this fact, Valve does its best to organize The International tournaments. Many Dota 2 players and fans await this event to see their supported teams win the tournament. Online casinos are also in the queue of excited persons as they all await the start of The International 2023. This event is evidently attracting the largest crowds in the eSports sector as the organizer modifies a few structures.