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TI7 groups revealed

TI7 groups have been revealed.
TI7 groups were revealed ahead of Wednesday's opening day.

With The International 7 only a few days from starting, and the TI7 groups have been revealed.

 

The 18 teams competing to win the Aegis been divided into two groups of nine. The group stage will be played in a best-of-two, with the top four of both groups proceeding to the upper bracket main stage, the teams from fifth place to eighth place in each group will proceed to the lower bracket, and last place team in each group will be eliminated.

The group stage will take place from Wednesday through Saturday, with the main event running Aug. 7-12. The main event will also be in a double elimination format played in best-of-threes, except for the first game of the lower bracket, which will be a best-of-one, and the grand finals, which will be a best-of-five. The first place team will take 44 percent of the total prize pool, which is more than a $10 million payday.

The field is an increase by two teams from last year, and group play elimination is a new concept stemming from the expanded pool. In the past, all 16 teams would advance to the playoffs, and the group stage was used only for seeding. The teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $23 million, which is a record for the largest purse in esports history.

The groups are as follows:

 

Group A

  • Evil Geniuses
  • Team Liquid
  • Team Secret
  • Team Empire
  • LGD Gaming
  • TNC Pro Team
  • Fnatic
  • Infamous
  • iG Vitality

Group B

  • Invictus Gaming
  • Virtus.pro
  • OG
  • Newbee
  • Cloud9
  • Execration
  • HellRaisers
  • LGD.Forever Young
  • Digital Chaos
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