The International(TI) is one of the longest-running and most successful annual esports tournaments.
Since the very first TI in 2011, the tournament has featured some of the largest prize pools in esports history.
The 10th iteration of TI is no different. Boasting a staggering prize pool of more than $40 Million, TI 10 is set to shatter all esports records once again.
Prize Pool Distribution
- Champions - $18,200,000
- Runner-up - $5,200,000
- Third - $3,600,000
- Fourth - $2,400,00
- Fifth and Sixth - $1,400,000
- Seventh and Eighth - $1,000,000
- Ninth to 12th - $800,000
- 13th to 16th - $600,000
- 17th and 18th - $100,000
12 teams have received a direct invite for TI 10 based on their DPC points.
These teams are:
- Evil Geniuses
- Quincy Crew
- Invictus Gaming
- Vici Gaming
- Team Secret
- Team Aster
- Thunder Predator
- Team Spirit (Eastern European Qualifiers)
- SG e-sports (South American Qualifiers)
- Fnatic (Southeast Asian Qualifiers)
- Undying (North American Qualifiers)
Apart from these 12 teams, there are six additional slots available for teams to qualify from the regional qualifiers. And these teams who qualified per region are:
- SG Esports (South America Qualifier)
- Team Spirit (Eastern Europe Qualifier)
- Fnatic (Southeast Asia Qualifier)
- Undying (North America Qualifier)
- Elephant (China Qualifier)
- OG (Western Europe Qualifier)
The regional qualifiers for the remaining six slots are scheduled to begin on June 23rd and are supposed to run through July 10th. This means that DOTA 2 fans will be able to recognize the final 18 teams participating in TI10 on July 10th.
Considering the massive number of top-tier teams still in contention of a slot for TI10, it is safe to say that the regional qualifiers will be a delight for DOTA 2 fans across the globe.
- The International 10 Eastern European Regional Qualifiers
- The International 10 South American Regional Qualifiers
The Group Stage for TI 10 is scheduled to begin on October 7th and end on October 10th.
Following that, the main stage matches will be played from October 12th to October 17th.
The International 10 was set to be held at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Also known as the Avicii Arena, the indoor stadium was supposed to play host to the best DOTA 2 teams across the planet for a chance to hoist the Aegis of Champions. However, owing to troubles with the Swedish Sports Federation, TI10's venue has been shifted to Bucharest, Romania.
Romania's largest stadium, Arena Nationala will be hosting the top 16 DOTA 2 teams from October 12th to October 17th.
History of Prize Pool
The International has featured some of the highest prize pools in the history of esports.
Here's a list of prize pools for all the Internationals held so far,
- The International - $1,600,000
- The International 2 - $1,600,000
- The International 3 - $2,874,380
- The International 4 - $10,923,977
- The International 5 - $18,429,613
- The International 6 - $20,770,460
- The International 7 - $24,787,916
- The International 8 - $25,532,177
- The International 9 - $34,330,068
- The International 10 - $40,018,195
The Chinese Year
Ever since the very first TI, there has been a recurring cycle of winners that feature teams from the Chinese region every even year. Similarly, every odd year has witnessed a champion from the western regions like Europe or America.
However, OG broke the cycle in TI8 and many fans have been left wondering if the cycle will make a return at TI10.
Given that four teams from the Chinese region have already qualified for TI10 while there is still an additional slot from the regional qualifiers, the cycle could indeed make a return at TI10.
Additionally, teams like Invictus Gaming and PSG.LGD have already secured Major championships in their journey to TI10. This only goes to prove that the Chinese teams are eagerly waiting for the TI lights to turn on for them to hoist the Aegis of Champions.