The field of The International, Dota 2’s annual world championship, will increase from 16 to 18 teams. All 18 teams will compete in two round robin groups, with the worst team from each group eliminated after the group stage. The top 16 will move on to the double elimination main event, which will take place Aug. 7-12 at the Key Arena in Seattle.
The remaining 12 spots will be determined by four qualifiers in four different regions: China, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Americas. The top three teams of both the Chinese and Southeast Asian qualifiers will qualify for TI7, while the top two teams of the North American and European qualifiers make it, and the remaining two teams will be the winners of the CIS qualifier and The South American qualifier.
Liquid enters TI after most recently winning EPICENTER. OG, meanwhile, won the last two Majors and is undoubtedly among the best teams in the world. Virtus.pro just completed a win at The Summit 7 over the weekend. Evil Geniuses is one of the most respected Dota 2 organizations in North America, and the same can be said for Invictus and Newbee, which won Galaxy Battles over the weekend.