The International 2017 is just one month away now. The Major is the seventh annual edition of the International. The start date for the 5 days event will be 2017-08-07 and continue till 2017-08-12, a total of 18 teams will participate where only one team will be crown as the winner and get a hefty portion of the estimated $20 million prize pool.
The tournament actually starts all the way back in June with the Champions Qualifiers back in 20th June and keeps on going till 22nd June. This is for the Four Regional champions qualifiers where the winner of each Champion Qualifier will advance to the respective Main Qualifier. Around the same time the Open Qualifiers are running where twelve Regional Single-elimination Open Qualifiers are held, it is split into two brackets for each region where the winners of each Open Qualifier will advance to the respective Main Qualifier.
The main Qualifiers starts as soon as the open one ends. The winner from each Main Qualifier will advance directly to the international.
Group stage is held August 2nd – August 5th. All eighteen teams are divided into two groups where they play in a Round Robin format of a best of 2. The top four teams in each group will advance to the upper international bracket of the main event while the bottom team in each group will be eliminated. The remaining teams advance to the Main event.
Main event is held 7th August to 12th August 2017, Sixteen teams will play against each other in a double-elimination format over a six day period.
Some of the teams that have been invited are:
OG, Virtus.pro, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, Invictus Gaming, Newbee.
Qualified teams are:
Team secret, Planet Dog, Team Empire, iG Vitality, LGD.Forever Young, LGD Gaming, TNC Pro Team, Fnatic, Execration, Team NP, Digital Chaos, Infamous.
It will be a full packed event this year, filled with Dota Super Stars.