Eight Teams Are Now Locked In For The International 8
Posted 14th June 2018 By: Derpina    142 Views
Esports News – The conclusion of Dota Pro Circuit 2018 passed by with Team Liquid winning the China Dota 2 Supermajor. For this reason, The International 8 (TI8) now has a complete set of the teams heading to Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada to compete for possibly the biggest Dota 2 title this year.
Cream of the crop
The past Dota Major Championships have determined the best international teams for 2018, but only one of these teams will be crowned the best of the best for TI8:
Virtus.Pro — Commonwealth of Independent States
PSG.LGD — China
Team Liquid — Europe
Team Secret — Europe
Mineski Pro Team — Southeast Asia
Vici Gaming — China
Newbee — China
VGJ.Thunder — China
OpTic Gaming — North America
Team standings and regions represented
Each one of this player has high rankings in the Dota Pro Circuit leaderboard. The team standings are determined by points earned per championship, earnings, majors and minors popularity, and number of matches. The 1st in rank is Virtus.Pro, followed by Team Liquid and PSG.LGD. The top 9 and below fell short and will not be competing for TI8: Optic Gaming, VGJ Storm, Evil Geniuses, Fnatic, and more.
The Supermajor determined the last points to be given this year, Team Liquid earned the highest by winning the title. All spots were determined by standings, but VGJ.Thunder earned themselves a direct invite. Optic Gaming, the 9th placer, competed in the lower bracket of the Supermajor and their early loss against Virtus.Pro gave way to the top 8.
The distribution of the teams is in favor of China which has five teams attending from the region. All other regions see representation, save for America. Soon, the additional participating teams will emerge from upcoming Europe, CIS, China, Southeast Asia, North America, and South America Qualifiers. The final 18 will be determined in the first week of August.
A total of 18 teams will fight for a portion of the $1,600,000 USD prize pool. All of them will compete in the group stage where Round Robin and Best of 2 (B02) matches await. Only 16 teams will remain after that and they will compete for the main event in double-elimination format over 6 days. There will be eight teams each for the upper and lower brackets.