Dota 2 The International: Everything you need to know!

Discover the 18 participating teams for the biggest prize pool in esports history and how to watch Dota 2 International 10.

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Dota 2 The International 2021 (TI10) begins October 7. Given that the prize pool is the largest ever, topping last year’s $ 34 million, standing at $ 40,018,195, the tournament is sure to be highly competitive and a great viewing experience.

The tournament had never seen a team win twice, but OG in the latest version of Dota 2 The International won twice in a row “Aegis of the Champions”, the name of the trophy awarded to the winning team.

With the retirement of OG’s supporting star player Jerax, it would be interesting to see if the team can regain its champion status. Whether you’ve been following Dota 2 for years or a new viewer, this is a highly anticipated event and has a chance to rewrite the history books.

Here’s everything you need to know about Dota 2 The International 10 (TI10).

The location and timing of Dota 2 the International

A view of the Nationala Arena
Image by Arena Nationala

International 10 will take place in Romania’s largest stadium, Arena Nationala. The stadium designed to host soccer matches has a capacity for more than 50,000 spectators.

Every Dota 2 The International event has had a live audience, making the stadium perfect for an amplified live audience. Although, Valve has not yet started selling tickets to the public.

The tournament is scheduled to begin on October 7, with the traditional opening ceremony. TI10 will be divided into two tiers, a preliminary group stage and the main event in front of the live audience if allowed.

Arena Nationala poster with tournament dates
Image by Wykrhm Reddy

A double elimination tournament is used for invited teams. The grand final is played in a Bo5 series (best of five), while the rest of the matches are all Bo3.

Group stage: October 7 – October 10, 2021

Main event: October 12 – October 17, 2021

Participating teams

Star players of the teams together with the aegis of the champions
Image by hOlyhexOr

Of the 18 participating teams, 12 qualified through the Dota Pro Circuit, while the remaining 6 teams go through a more difficult path to qualify through the Regional Qualifiers.

The participants are listed below along with team members:

12 invited teams

Evil geniuses

Evil Geniuses team logo
  • Arteezy
  • A bed
  • ice
  • Cr1t-
  • Fly

Virtus Pro

Virtus Pro team logo
  • To become night
  • gpk
  • DM
  • Save money-
  • Kingslayer

Quincy Crew

Quincy Crew Team Logo
  • YawaR
  • Quinn
  • Lelis
  • MSS
  • Svg


PSG.LGD team logo
  • Love
  • Nothing to say
  • Faith_bian
  • XinQ
  • and`

Invictus games

Invictus Gaming Team Logo
  • fly fly
  • Emo
  • JT-
  • Kaka
  • Oli


T1 team logo
  • 23 savage
  • Karl
  • Kuku
  • Xepher
  • Whitemon

Vici Gaming

Vici Gaming team logo
  • support
  • Or me
  • old eLeVeN
  • Pyw
  • Dy

Team secret

Team Secret team logo
  • Nisha
  • zai
  • YapzOr
  • Puppet

Team Aster

Team Aster team logo
  • Monet
  • White 丶 Album_ 白 学家
  • Xxs
  • Borax
  • LaNm


Alliance team logo
  • Nikobaby
  • s4
  • Handsken
  • fng


beastcoast team logo
  • K1
  • Luck of Christ
  • Wisper
  • Scofield
  • Sting

Thunder predator

Thunder Predator team logo
  • Mnz
  • Leostyle-
  • Frank
  • MoOz
  • Mjz

6 qualified teams

Immortal Team:

Team Undying team logo
  • Scammed
  • Bryle
  • KnowRLight-
  • MoonMeander
  • Dubu

SG esports

SG esports team logo
  • Costabile
  • 4dr
  • Tavo
  • Thiolicor
  • KJ


OG team logo
  • SumaiL
  • Topson
  • Ceb
  • Saksa
  • N0tail

Team spirit

Team Spirit team logo
  • Yatoro
  • Collapse
  • Miroslaw
  • Miposhka


Elephant team logo
  • Eurus
  • Somnus 丶 M
  • Yang
  • fy
  • Super


Fnatic team logo
  • Crow
  • ChYuan
  • Deth
  • Jabz
  • DJ

Dota 2 The International Prize Pool

The TI10 prize pool exceeds $ 40 million.
Image from Valve

Last year’s Battle Pass was one of the most valuable in-game purchases for Dota 2. As in previous years, a portion of the Battle Pass proceeds adds to the prize pool for the upcoming international event.

With the pandemic around the world, the event was canceled last year and postponed to this year.

The International 10 broke the previous year’s record by breaking the $ 40 million mark this time. The largest prize pool for an esports event before this was established by the previous iteration of the same event, The International 9 with a prize pool of $ 34 million.

Valve has yet to reveal the breakdown of the TI10 percentages. OG won $ 15 million, or 45 percent, of the total prize pool, in the ninth installment of the tournament. With the same percentage, TI10 winners should pocket about $ 18 million.

Where to watch Dota 2 the International 10

International from the previous year with the audience during the main stage
Image from Valve

There will be live multilingual broadcasts of all TI10 matches, as well as reruns in English.

The tournament will be available for free to watch in-game via Dota TV. Since Dota 2 is very popular in the Russia and China regions, the tournament will also be broadcast in Russian and Chinese.

Apart from this, the main broadcasts of the tournament with the opening ceremony and all the action packed from the stadium will be broadcast on the official channels of The International Twitch and YouTube.

With the most anticipated event for the Dota 2 game after a year off, it will be interesting to see which team is capable of overcoming the changing meta and making it to the top.

If you’re new to the game, we’ve got you covered with a Dota 2 beginner’s guide. Let us know in the comments section below which team you’re supporting.

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