The International 2017 Rundown | Who will win?
The International 2017 is set to be the biggest esports event in the world, with millions of viewers across various platforms tuning in from the 7 – 12th August.
Arguably the premier esports tournament, it brings together 16 of the best Dota 2 teams across the world to compete in a single location. The seventh competition in The International series’ history and the highest level of competitive Dota 2 play, this year could see record turnouts.
How are teams in The International selected?
From the 16 teams taking part in this year’s International, six teams were handpicked by Valve and directly invited to the even.
As usual, the invited teams are what the tournament organisers, in this case Valve, determined to be the highest skilled teams in the competitive scene. This is evaluated through multiple regions; for this year’s pick Valve have invited two Chinese teams, two European teams, a single North American team and a single Russian / CIS region team.
While some may argue these aren’t the top 6 teams in the global ranking, Valve also aims to keep the team demographics fairly proportionate to their viewer base. The remaining 10 teams all battled their way there through Valve set qualifiers and allocated to one of the four aforementioned regions.
What is the International’s prize pool?
The International 2017 has already claimed the title for the biggest prize pool to ever exist in an esports tournament. Earlier in July the TI7 pool surpassed its predecessor’s total prize pool set at The International 2016 and came in at $20,770,460. Since then, the TI7’s prize pool sits at $22,486,635 with still 17 days allocated for additional crowd funding through the purchase of the 2017 Battle passes.
Where will the International be held?
It will be held in the Key Arena, Seattle. While the location may comparatively hold less than the previous 2016 League of Legends World Championships, the Key Arena is still expected to hold over 14,000 – 15,000 people. Not to fear, it is likely the event will be streamed across various sites such as Twitch, in turn attracting tens of millions across the 6 day event.
Top teams expected to take out the event
The newly signed Cloud 9 roster have proved themselves as the best team in North America and certainly one of the top contenders to take out first at The International 2017.
The roster had previously been formed in last year’s post The International 2016 roster shuffle. It had been put together by team captain, EternaLEnVy. There is no doubt that the Cloud 9 roster is at their top of their game, placing third at the Manilla Masters, second at the ZOTAC Cup Masters and most recently, first at The International 2017 qualifiers.
Of course EG had to be mentioned. Evil Geniuses are at the top of the Dota 2 competitive ladders, in not only their region, but have proved themselves as prime contenders for TI7 in the international scene. They’re on a roll, in the last year, they’ve taken first place at the Mars Dota 2 League 2016 Autumn, China Top 2016 and The Manilla Masters. Not to mention, they were third place at last year’s TI6.