We finally have the twelve teams that will be flying to Seattle to join OG, Liquid, Newbee and LGD Gaming, MVP Phoenix and Navi for the most anticipated Dota 2 tournament of the year, The International 2016.
While only eight teams out of those 12 received an invitation, four teams will be going to Seattle to fight it off for the last two spots for the tournament in the Wild-Card round.
The eight teams that will be joining the previously invited teams are the winners of the Main Qualifiers that took place June 25th to 29th for each region (America, China, Europe and Southeast Asia).
The International is the biggest tournament for Dota 2 and in previous occasions broke the record for the biggest Prize Pool Money in Esports history.
- American Qualifiers:
The American Qualifiers was packed with action and team Evil Geniuses ended up graving the first qualifier spot after an almost flawless performance (only dropping one game to compLexity Gaming). The boys in blue made it to the Main Qualifiers after beating all their opponents in the Open Qualfiers. As we mentioned in a previous post, EG and Team Secret had to play on the Open Qualifiers due to a change in their roster after the roster lock deadline. The second qualifier spot for the American region went to Digital Chaos, leaving compLexity Gaming with the third place for that region and a chance to fight for the last spot in the Wild-Card round that will be played in Seattle among the teams that placed third in each region.
- Chinese Qualifiers
China’s first qualifier spot went to Wings Gaming after beating EHOME on the 1st place tiebreaker. Vici Gaming Reborn took the second invite for their region after beating EHOME on the Playoffs. Vici will go to Seattle but will need to battle it on the Wild-Card round for an invite.
- Europe Qualifiers:
Europe was expected to be the best qualifier region thanks to the strong competition displayed by the European teams.
Team Secret took the first invite, Secret climbed all the way from the Open Qualifiers and secured the first invite after beating Escape Gaming and Fantastic Five for the 1st Place Tiebreaker. Alliance took the second invite after three intense games against Escape Gaming, leaving with an invite for TI and Escape with a Wild-Card invitation. For those unfamiliar with Escape Gaming, it’s an European team formed by Adrian “Era” Kryezui, Max “qojqva” Broecke, Troels “syndereN” Nielsen, Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat and Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann
- Southeast Asian Qualifiers:
The Southeast Asian qualifier surprised many. TNC Gaming, a team that qualified after winning in the Open Qualifiers, ended up taking the first invite after beating region’s favorites Fnatic. The second spot went to Fnatic after beating Execration 3-1 on the Playoffs. Execration will need to play at the Wild-Card round for a chance to participate on this year’s International.
The Wild-Card round will be played in Seattle, and the top two teams will advance to the Main Event.
The International 2016 will take place in Seatle, USA from August 3th to 13th and the prize pool is aiming to be as big as last year’s, already passing the $14M mark.