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Useful Tools to Easily Find the Best Priced Items on OPSkins

OPSkins is always working to make your buying and selling experience faster and easier on our marketplace. During the last few months we’ve launched a few goodies that you probably want to know about if you want to make the best trades. These tools are all intended to help you find the item you’re looking for quickly, at the best price, and with minimal effort. Here’s a summary of each:

OPSkins Weapon Builder

Use the OPSkins Weapon Builder when you want to preview any CS:GO skin/sticker combination. The Weapon Builder will find and display the exact item you are looking for. Narrow your search down by weapon type, skin, wear, and stickers – then see if it’s for sale on OPSkins, and which current listing is the cheapest. Basically you can design your dream CS:GO weapon, then see which one on OPSkins is the best one for you to buy. It’s pretty simple to use but we made a brief tutorial for you, or you can check out the Weapon Builder for yourself here: OPSkins Weapon Builder.

OPSkins Item Database – CS:GO

The OPSkins Item Database is a catalog of items that includes every pattern index for important pattern-based skins. This tool enables you to view and research nearly all current skins, including wears and patterns, to give you a better idea of which skins are out there on the market. The Item Database then gives you the OPSkins and Steam Community Market pricing for the item you selected, and the links to browse it in either market.

The item database also holds a registry of images for the skins that have randomly generated patterns. Skins such as Case Hardened, Fades, Marble Fades, Dopplers, Gamma Dopplers, Slaughters and Crimson Webs will have a registry of images that you can use as a reference. All skins with a variable pattern and reference images will have the symbol ✓ Patterns. Check out the Item Database for yourself: OPSkins CSGO Item Database.

OPSkins Item Database – H1Z1

In addition to CS:GO, we now have an H1Z1 Item Database where you can discover new H1Z1 skins, and check out their price history. View it here: OPSkins H1Z1 Item Database.

OPSkins Item Database Fade Tool

We also have the Fade Tool within the OPSkins Item Database. This shows you the knife’s, well, fade. Use the slider to change the pattern index, and view how it affects the knife’s fade in the image. Try it out for yourself here: OPSkins Item Database Fade Tool.

OPSkins Item Explorer

The OPSkins Item Explorer shows you the lowest-priced items on OPSkins that match your filters for CS:GO, Dota 2 and H1Z1. This one is also pretty simple – just select the game, then item type that you’d like to search for, then the subcategory. Rather than scrolling through duplicate listings of the same item to find the lowest priced one, the OPSkins Item Explorer displays it for you. Try it out here: OPSkins Item Explorer

Enjoy the goodies, and let us know in the comments what other tools would make your buying and selling experience on OPSkins faster and easier.

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EXTENDED: ZERO COMMISSION on Dota 2 Sales

Update: due to popular demand, we’ve extended our zero commission Dota 2 sales promotion for 30 more days.

Convert your Dota 2 inventory into even more real-life money on OPSkins Marketplace: Starting today there are NO COMMISSIONS on Dota 2 items sold on OPSkins Marketplace until February 12, 2017  March 12, 2017.

For the next 30 days, any time you sell a Dota 2 item on OPSkins, 100% of the sale will go into your OPSkins Wallet. From there you can Cashout your earnings and have the real-life money in as quickly as one hour. There is literally no better way to sell your Dota 2 items – a risk-free sale, on the largest and most trusted marketplace, completely free of commission. And we’ve made it even easier now for buyers to purchase Dota 2 items with the new search feature to sort by hero.

Please note that the items must be sold by March 12th in order for you to take advantage of this promotion. The promotion applies to all Dota 2 items that are currently for sale, so you don’t need to re-list them.

So, have items cluttering up your inventory? Start turning them into cash now.

 

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2016 in Review: Top 10 eSports Teams (based on earnings)

2016 was another record year for eSports. As prize pools for tournaments keep growing by the millions, so do the fortunes earned by the teams and organizations involved. This year saw new games break into the scene such as Overwatch. Valve again had the biggest prize pool in eSports history for the Dota 2 tournament “The International” – a whopping $20,770,460. Almost all of it, $19,170,460 to be exact, was added by the community through crowdfunding.

As expected with humongous prize pools, Dota 2 teams lead the charts for the Top 10 eSports by the end of 2016, based on their earnings. The list below shows the total prize pool money earned by the top 10 teams or organizations by the end of 2016.


  1. Counter Logic Gaming – $1,605,750 on 95 Tournaments

counter_logic_gaming_logo-svgMost of CLG’s money comes from Halo. After placing 1st in multiple tournaments, including the Halo World Championship of 2016, the team earned $1,107,000 from 6 Tournaments.

Their CS:GO team earned a total of $160,500 this year, a little more than what they won during 2015 ($126,989).

 

 

  1. Team EnVyUs – $1,812,573 in 81 Tournaments

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The American organization had an excellent year with the Call of Duty franchise, earning a total of $921,330 from 11 tournaments. This is even more impressive considering that by the end of 2015, the team only earned 1/36th of that amount – just $25,052 in prize money.

Their CS:GO team had a somewhat difficult year. By the end of 2015, EnVy was placing first in several tournaments and earned $512,511. But this year their all-French roster won $454,547. While the difference in earnings doesn’t seem too big, the reason they even brought home as much as they did is mainly due to the increase in prize pool money for CS:GO tournaments, not that they won more tournaments. The team only placed first three times, and their performance in the Majors was not ideal.

 

  1. MVP – $2,537,357 in 128 Tournaments

mvplogoThe organization known for being the “Korean Overlords”  on the Dota 2 scene (being the only Korean organization involved in this game), have different teams wearing their logo such as MVP-Phoenix and MVP HOT6 for Dota 2 (along with multiple LoL and HOTS teams).

Their Dota 2 squad contributed to most of the organization’s prize pool money earned in 2016. MVP Phoenix placed 5-6th in the Manila Major and The International 2016, earning more than $1.1 million combined between those two tournaments. Their two Dota 2 teams combined earned more than $1.7 million, and their Heroes of the Storm teams won more than $500,000. The rest of the money came from their wins in League of Legends and StarCraft II.

 

  1. SK Telecom T1 – $2,737,898 in 31 Tournaments

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SK Telecom is best known for their League of Legends squad. While StarCraft II has contributed to the organization’s prize pool earnings, it’s their LoL teams that bring the bread to the table.

Their League of Legends team won multiple tournaments, including the 2016 World Championship. In total, the LoL team won a total of $2,459,412.00 from nine Tournaments during 2016.

 

 

  1. Team OG – $2,915,144 in 14 Tournaments

600px-og_logoTeam OG is strictly a Dota 2 organization. The team won two Majors in 2016, along with several big Dota 2 tournaments.

The two Majors made up $2.1 million of their total earnings, and impressively the team has won three of the five Dota 2 majors that have ever been hosted: The Frankfurt Major in 2015, the Manila Major in 2016 and the Boston Major in 2016.

 

 

  1. Team Liquid – $2,997,661 in 298 Tournaments

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Team Liquid is a worldwide professional eSports organization, with rosters competing in games such as Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, StarCraft II, and many other well-known gaming titles.

Their Dota 2 team contributed $1,796,096, placing 2nd in two Majors and 7th-8th in The International 6. Their CS:GO team had a good year with a total of $447,133 from 24 tournaments, more than triple their 2015 earnings when the team only won $146,906.

Their fighting games scene contributed $251,423 from 14 Tournaments.

 

  1. Fnatic – $3,089,721 in 60 Tournaments

shum9dx5The eSports organization has players and teams competing in almost every gaming title that has a professional scene.

2016 was a slow year for their Counter-Strike team compared to 2015 when the team won a total of $862,913. This year only saw a winning a total of $682,331.60.

Their Dota 2 squad overall had a good year (if we ignore their recent performance), winning a total of $1,954,094. Close to $1.5 million of that was from ending 4th at The International 2016.

Their LoL roster won $35,000, then $40,0000 from SMITE, and $233,000 from HOTS.

 

  1. Evil Geniuses – $3,503,996 in 65 Tournaments

600px-egBy the end of 2015, Evil Geniuses was the top organization, claiming The International 5, DAC 2015, and several other tournaments for a total of $8,952,675.

This year was slower for them than last year, but still impressive and lucrative – earning them the third place spot on this list. Their new Dota 2 Squad won a total of $3,293,813.

 

  1. Digital Chaos – $3,790,173 in 12 Tournaments

digitalchaos_logoDigital Chaos was formed near the end of 2015 and started slow, but 2016 turned into their lucky year.

The team placed second in The International 2016 and this earned them a total of 3,427,126 in prize pool money. The team placed 3rd-4th in The Boston Major 2016, and closed their year with 3rd-4th place in the China Top 2016.

 

 

  1. Wings Gaming – $9,589,559 in 16 Tournaments

600px-wingsHow can a team win it all, you might ask? The Chinese team was formed in 2014 after the end of The International 2014, but it wasn’t until 2016 that teams started to take them seriously.

They went on to win ESL One Manila 2016, followed by The Summit 5, and topped it off with a first place win at The International 2016.

Their Dota 2 team is one of the most feared teams on the scene, and their aggressive style of play and deep hero pool are topics of constant discussion by the Dota 2 fans and analysts.

Their win at The International 2016 granted them a total of $9,139,002 in prize pool money, and places their team as the #2 in lifetime history of eSports, with a total of $9,636,911 (Evil Geniuses that has earned a total of 15,352,198.29 since its inception).


There will be fewer Dota 2 majors during 2016, but with the constant growth of CS:GO and the new release of Overwatch, we’re excited to see which eSports teams and organizations win big in 2017.

Source: http://www.esportsearnings.com/history/2016/teams 

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Dota 2: The New Journey Update

Image from: Dota2.com
Image from: Dota2.com

It’s finally out. “The New Journey” is a major, long-awaited Dota 2 patch that turns the game version into 7.00.

With it comes a long list of changes to the map, items, heroes and overall game play. Some say it feels like a completely different game now, and Reddit started calling the update “Dota 3” before the patch was even out.

Update 7.00 is titled “The New Journey” and marks the debut of a brand new hero, Monkey King. Monkey King was announced during The International 6. All previous heroes in Dota 2 were ported from the previous version of the game, making Monkey King the first original hero to be created specifically for Dota 2. Monkey King was released along with a custom Arcana Item, new themed terrain and announcer packs. All those items will be available on OPSkins as soon as the items become tradeable.

With “The New Journey” comes a series of additional changes such as the New HUD, a new Pregame phase, remodels for three heroes (that badly needed it such as Viper, Slardar and Enigma) and the introduction of “talent trees” into the game.

Image from: Dota2.com
Image from: Dota2.com

Talents will replace the “stats” option when leveling up heroes and will grant them additional stats and perks such as lower respawn time, additional GPM, additional Health, damage and many different options designed for each hero. You can read all the new abilities and changes on the official game play patch logs.

If you love Dota 2 as much as we do, we invite you to read “The New Journey” update on the official Dota 2 blog. And if you love skins as much as we do, make sure to drop by OPSkins to get your Monkey King Arcana in the following weeks.

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Dota 2: Boston Major Qualifiers, and Dates of the Spring Major & The International 2017

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Image from: Dota2.com

The Dota 2 Boston Major’s qualifiers are finally over and we have the sixteen teams that will participate in the event. The Major will take place at the Wang Theater in Boston starting December 3rd.

Eight teams were directly invited and eight teams qualified through the Main Qualifiers, which were played online October 27th – 31st. (As has been done in the previous tournaments, some teams were directly invited due to their performance heading into the Major, while the rest of the teams competed in a Qualifier that was divided by regions). The winner of each regional qualifiers were:

  • Americas: Team NP and compLexity Gaming.
  • China: IG Vitality and LGD.Forever Young.
  • Europe: Ad Finem and Virtus.pro
  • Southeast Asia: Team Faceless and WarriorsGaming.Unity

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Also today Valve announced the dates for the Spring Major and The International 2017, the two Valve sponsored Dota 2 events that will take place in 2017.

For the Spring Major Qualifiers, Valve will be changing the Qualifying regions by splitting the Americas Qualifiers into two district regions (North America and South America) and the European Qualifiers (CIS Qualifier and a Europe Qualifier).

It is still unclear how many invites will be given for the Spring Major, and that will reflect directly in the number of qualifying spots available for this two new district regions.

The Spring Major Main Event will take place April 20 – 23 2017 and The International 2017 Main Event will once again be held in the first half of August.

 

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DOTA 2: Boston Major Invites

The eight invites for the next Dota 2 Major in Boston have been revealed. This will be the first major Valve event with no direct invites to any CIS team. The CIS region used to be one of the strongest ones but NA, SEA and China are currently showing a better season and this granted them a total of seven invites.

The invites were revealed in the Dota 2 game client through the Boston Major Battle Pass platform. The teams invited are Evil Geniuses and Digital Chaos for North America, Execration and MVP Phoenix for SEA, Wings, EHOME and Newbee for China and OG for Europe.

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It was a controversial season for the invites, with only a handful of LAN tournaments since TI6. It was unclear which teams will be granted an invitation, and there is no clear pattern or explanation in regards to the criteria used for inviting them.

The Boston Major will take place at the Wang Theater in Boston from December 7 to December 11. The format used for this tournament will be of a Single Elimination bracket, all matches are played on a Best of Three format and the Grand Finals will be played on a Best of Five.

As usual with the Official Dota 2 Major, the prize pool for this tournament will be $3 million. The prize distribution hasn’t been announced yet, but in the past majors the winning team has claimed over $1 million.

The announcement also revealed the invited teams for the Regional Qualifiers with a total of 32 invited teams and eight available slots for the winners of the Open Qualifiers.

Each region consists of a two round robin groups of five teams. The top two teams from each group will advance to a double elimination bracket where the winner and runner up team from each region will qualify to the Boston Major.

The Regional Qualifiers will be played October 27 to October 30 and the invited teams for the regional qualifiers are:

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Dota 2: New Hero Release – Underlord is Here!

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Image from: Dota2.com

It was announced during TI6’s All-Star Match – the long wait for Underlord is over.

The last hero to be ported from Dota mod has arrived, along with some new post-game analysis tools that make it easier for players to review their recent games and skills.

The Meta will most likely decide the actual role Underlord will fullfill – and chances are all the players in your Pubs will try to play him as a hard carry – but Valve presented the hero as a “Support-Durable-Nuker-Disabler-Escape.” At the end of the day, that doesn’t mean much considering heroes such as Leshrac and Lina were initially played as Supports before the meta pushed them into a core role, a role that is now considered their main position.

Underlord’s abilities make him an excellent support and opens the possibility of running him as an offlaner.

Image from: Dota2.com
Image from: Dota2.com

 

His abilities provide him with Lockdown, AOE damage and a powerful aura that reduces the attack damage of any nearby enemy unite (including creeps). Any hero or creep that dies under the Atrophy Aura will grant Underlord bonus damage for a period of time.

The biggest skill for Underlord and what makes him special is his ultimate ability. Dark Rift works as an AOE relocate that allows all nearby heroes to relocate to a friendly unit anywhere on the map, serving as an excellent backup in case of ganks, or for setting up massive fights.


Post-Game Summary

With this new update comes a new and reworked post-game summary which allows the users to explore the matches in detail, and access interesting information such as experience graphs, scoreboard, player overviews and more.

You can compare two players and their role in the game, watch their hero averages and more.

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Image from: Dota2.com

With this update comes the ability to check your “Teammate stats.” With this option you will be able to see the win-rate you have with anyone on your friend list, the win percentage you have when playing with them, and their teammate performance rating.

Let us know what you think about Underlord in the comments.

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DOTA 2: Wings Gaming Wins The International 2016 & Takes the Aegis to China

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Image from: @Dota2

Wings Gaming are The International 2016 champions after defeating Digital Chaos 3-1 during a Best of Five series.

Wings Gaming took their piece of the biggest prize pool in eSports, where the second place claimed close to $3.5 million and Wings $9.1 million. The second place is nothing short of impressive for Digital Chaos, a team that came together just days before the roster lock in March after Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen and Aliwi “w33” Omar were dropped from their old team, Team Secret.

Sixteen teams competed to become the number one team in the world, and Wings did it while having the biggest and most diverse hero pool in the tournament. The Chinese team started on the upper bracket by defeating Digital Chaos 2-1, and went into the finals after defeating MVP Phoenix on the Upper Bracket Round 2 and TI5 winners Evil Geniuses on the Upper Bracket Finals.

Wings is a team that raised from the bottom and established their dominance in less than a year. Their team captain Zhang “y’Innocence” Yiping is one of the youngest  captains in the competitive scene, being only 18 years old.

Digital Chaos started on the Upper Bracket, but after losing to Wings dropped to the lower bracket facing elimination. On the lower bracket DC beat LGD Gaming, TNC Gaming (the team that eliminated Vici Reborn and tournament favorite OG), EHOME and Fnatic before advancing to the Grand Finals against the same team that beat them on the Upper Bracket Round 1.

This has been an excellent Dota 2 Tournament (if not the best to the date) and it’s exciting to think that the Meta is so diverse that it allows for any team to run their own strategies.

The International 6 was also the place for some big announcements coming from Valve. The winner of the Arcana Vote was Juggernaut (sad day for all the memers out there that voted for IO) and will become the 9th Arcana to be released.

Valve announced the release of Underlord during the All Star Game, and because of that the Dota 2 fanbase got to see some of his abilities in combat. Underlord will be released August 23 and it’s the last hero from the Dota mod to be ported into the game, raising the question as to when we can expect some new original heroes. Later on, Valve answered that question by revealing a new hero that will be released in the Fall 2016 patch, Sun Wukong the Monkey King will be the first hero to make an appearance in Dota 2 that was not ported from the mod.

The Monkey King will be released with the “New Journey Update” in Fall, and you can see the teaser below:

 

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The Dota 2 International 6: Wildcard, Group Stage, and a $19 Million Prize Pool

In less than 24 hours the biggest tournament in eSports history kicks off, and four teams will compete in the Wild Card bracket before the Group Stages from August 3rd to 5th.

On August 14th, The International 2016 compendium items will become tradeable and therefore available to buy and sell on our site then.

With a $19 million prize pool, the International 6 (usually called TI6) will feature the biggest prize pool in eSports history after beating last year’s prize pool for TI5 ($18.4 million). The International uses crowdfunding to make their prize pool grow, thanks to the collaboration from the Dota 2 Community through Compendium Purchases in the in-game store. Keep in mind that this number will keep growing until the day of the final (August 13th) so it’s possible it can reach the $20M mark.


The first day of TI6 will have team EHOME from China, Escape Gaming from Europe, Execration from Southeast Asia and compLexity Gaming from the Americas – all competing for the two remaining spots in the Group Stages.

The Wild Card bracket will consist of a double-elimination where the top two teams advance to the Group Stage.

The Group Stage will be formed by two groups of eight teams, and each team will play each other in  a best of two. Their standings will determine their position on the brackets for the Main Event. No team will be disqualified during the Group Stages, but the top four teams for each group will be placed in the Upper Bracket (and will play Bo3 format) while the bottom four of each group will play in the lower bracket (in a Bo1 format) facing elimination.

The Main Event will be played at the Key Arena in Seattle August 8th to August 13th.

The groups for the Group Stage can be seen below:

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Image from: @wykrhm

As for the Wild Card bracket, European team Escape Gaming will face the American team compLexity Gaming and Execration will battle EHOME.

Some teams will be playing with stand-ins due to problems receiving visas. That is the case for LGD Gaming’s Support Xue “September” Zhichuan, who will be replaced by Wang “Banana” Jiao, and ViCi Gaming’s offlaner Zhou “Yang” Haiyang, who will be replaced by their coach Tong “Mikasa” Junjie. Mikasa has experience from playing as a stand-in for Vici after qualifying for TI6 replacing Wang “Nono” Xin during the Region Qualifiers.

The famous “All-Star” match will be played at the end of the day on August 10th.

Valve also announced that next year will only feature two Majors instead of three, and the first major will be before the end of 2016 while the second one will take place in the Spring of 2017.

The new Major format will feature some changes on the famous “Roster Lockouts” that caused controversy heading to TI6, and as tweeted by Matthew “Cyborgmatt” Bailey, the new roster lock will be done in two parts, the first one being the “drop” of players and the second one the “joining.” This allows the players to find a team before the roster lockout takes place. The new format will also allow subs post-qualifiers.

 

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Dota 2: The International 2016 Qualified Teams.

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.

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Image from: Dota2.com
  • 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.

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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.

 

 

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