The early stages of The International start this weekend

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It’s finally here! The Dota 2 eSports spectacle that brings the top teams from around the world together, known more simply as ‘The International’, kicks off this weekend. The Wild Card Brackets begin on Sunday, followed by the qualifiers for the main event itself.

The Wild Card brackets consist of four teams (Team Archon, CDEC Gaming, Vega Squadron, and MVP.Phoenix) who placed second in their respective regional qualifiers that took place a few months back. This Sunday, the 26th, they will be fighting for the last two of the sixteen spots available at The International.

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Once these last two teams are settled, the qualifiers to determine the final seeding for the main event will kick off. Here are the groups and how it’ll all work:

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These games will determine the seeding for the Main Event. This year, Group Stage will be played over four days, with three games being played simultaneously, each viewable on its own stream.

The Primary Stream will provide full coverage of Series A games, and between games we’ll keep you up to date on the overall state of the Group Stage. Streams will start at 9am PDT each day beginning on Monday, July 27th through July 30th.

Placing well in these group stages is incredibly important, as doing so grants a much better chance at grabbing that grand prize. Speaking of which, what are the cash allocations looking like? At time of writing, the pool is sitting on a cool $17,233,220. Here’s a breakdown of the distribution:

WINNING

Wow, even the bottom of the pile will receive a decent chunk of money! First prize is grand, but second, third, and even fourth place winnings ain’t too shabby, all sitting in the respectable millions. Heck, even fifth and sixth place have 7 digit winnings!

I’ve been looking forward to this event all year, and I’m glad it’s finally here! Who are you going to be supporting? Personally, and I know I’m not being a unique snowflake here, I’ll be rooting for Team Secret. Besides them, I still have a soft spot for Na’Vi… I hope they go far this year too, even if they aren’t nearly as great as they used to be.

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Last Updated: July 23, 2015

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

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