The International 2022 Opening Ceremony – Performers, Dates & History

Dota 2’s The International opening ceremony is arguably the most exciting part of the event (bar the actual games ofcourse). Each year has its own unique take, depending on where it is hosted, and how it’s executed. What remains iconic every year is the celebration of past champions, the participating teams, and the appearance of Gabe Newell himself.

Here’s everything we expect from the Ti11 opening ceremony.

Ti Singapore 2022

Ti11 Opening Ceremony Performers

Traditionally, the International Opening Ceremony has always been held live at the venue, except for last year’s iteration. Perhaps due to the unexpected change of location, Valve couldn’t bring the performers to the grand stage of Romania. This year, the Ti 2022 Opening Ceremony is expected to unfold in Singapore.

Assuming there aren’t any hiccups, we hopefully get to see this year’s Ti11 Opening Ceremony Performers live. Singapore is also home to JJ Lin, the Singaporean singer, who performed in last year’s The International Opening Ceremony.

Hence, while unconfirmed, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the artist make his appearance again.


The International 2022 Opening Ceremony Date and Schedule

Based on past iterations of the International Opening Ceremony, expect the TI11 opening ceremony to be on October 20, the first day of the Main Event.

On this faithful day, Ti11 Opening Ceremony Performers will spark the arena with excitement as thousands of live fans cheer. Next would be the celebration of past TI Champions, which is often dramatic especially if former Champions do not make it. For instance, when Wings Gaming did not appear at the International 2017 as the defending champions of Ti6.

Every captain of Ti-winning team will pass down the Aegis of Immortals to its latest successor, Team Spirit, who ultimately returns the Aegis to its plaza. This signals the beginning of every team’s fight to become the new Ti11 Champions.

Team OG returning the Aegis of Champions at the International 2019 Opening Ceremony

Then, qualified teams walk down the main stage, usually from the stadium entrance, where fans get a chance at high-fives. Every player will stand in line as they look among themselves, the very opponents they are facing.

Lastly, the most iconic moment of the International Opening Ceremony must be Gabe Newell’s appearance. The Valve co-founder made it a tradition to kick off the International Championship. And of course, his iconic quote, “Welcome to the International 2022” shall roar throughout the stadium.

TI Opening Ceremony History and Archives

Every iteration of the International Opening Ceremony has its moments, but the first TI opening ceremony sets the precedence for something big. In fact, there were no fancy performers nor team introductions up till the International 2014, but at least Gabe Newell showed up to mark its opening.

Then, begin the International 2015 when the live audience was able to enjoy the spectacular performance of an orchestra, playing the official Dota 2 Reborn theme. The Northwest Sinfonia performed and recorded it at the Bastyr University Chapel, Kirkland Washington.

The International 2016 took a different twist during that year, which invited Lindsey Stirling to perform. The American violinist performed the same theme alongside other themes with her own unique take while cosplaying as Windranger.

The International 2017 was when we receive a comedy skit from the TI7 hosts, Jake “SirActionSlacks” Kannerand Kaci “Kaci” Aitchison. Gabe Newell also played as a backstage grunt cameo as the two hosts played the scene of getting teleported into the Dota 2 map as Crystal Maiden and Omniknight respectively. Furthermore, there’s also a ceremony performance by the band, Live Voices.

SirActionSlacks and Kaci cosplaying as CM and Omniknight at the International 2017

The International 2018 followed suit the same traditions of past the International Opening Ceremony, featuring the diverse Canadian band, Kune’s World. Alongside the band’s performance was a rope ballerina performing fascinating dances.

The International 2019 gives The International Opening Ceremony an Asian take, with traditional Chinese performances. These include mesmerizing fan dance, a drum play by the Gugu Drum troupe,  and an orchestra by Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. TI9 in Shanghai, China held the record for having the most performers for its take on the International Opening Ceremony.

TI10’s Virtual Performance

And most recently, the International 2021, which had a duet between returning violinist, Lindsey Stirling and JJ Lin. To celebrate the decade-old anniversary of the TI Championships, Valve also invited Finnish DJ, Darude, well-known for his song, Sandstorm.

As the TI11 opening ceremony marks the eleventh year of the International Opening Ceremony, fans have high expectations. Let’s hope Valve prepared a treat for the Ti 2022 Opening Ceremony, especially considering the hefty ticket prices.