The International 2021: Complete guide to TI10
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The International 2021 Prize Pool, Teams & location
After taking a year off due to the entire world being on fire, the most elite Dota 2 tournament is back for 2021! While the core of it remains the same (the best Dota 2 teams squaring off for a grand prize funded directly through Valve and the game's millions of fans), many things have changed for this year's edition.
Since its inception in 2011, The International's most frequent home has been Seattle, which hosted six out of the first seven tournaments. Since 2018, however, Valve decided to branch out and make the show a bit more international in order to match its equally diverse teams. After holding tournaments in Vancouver and Shanghai, the organizers planned to host the International 2020 edition in Stockholm Sweden - which, of course, did not end up panning out. Much to everyone's surprise, however, the Stockholm location wasn't kept. Instead, The International 10 will take place in a rather unlikely location: Bucharest's Arena Națională in the month of August. Make no mistake, however - despite the fact that Bucharest isn't quite as big of a city as Shanghai or Stockholm, Arena Națională is more than capable of hosting as many fans as needed. Its capacity of over 55,000 guests is three times that of Seattle's KeyArena, where The International took place for four years!
The International Dota 2 prize pool has always been one of the biggest in all of esports, since it's partially crowd-funded by Dota 2 fans. Leading up to each tournament, Valve began selling an in-game item known as a Battle Pass, which gives players not only access to The International matches live, but also a host of unique perks and skins that they can use in their own games. As The International's popularity increases, so too do Battle Pass sales, and with them comes a bigger and bigger prize pool.
The one-year skip in 2020 did nothing to quell players' passion for the tournament, resulting in the 2021 prize pool once again breaking records - this time not only for the biggest prize offered at The International, but at any esports event in history. Indeed, the winning team will bring home a grand total of over $40,000,000, with the final amount expected to be more than $10,000,000 more than the reward won by OG in 2019! The people who said you can't earn money from video games must be tearing their hair out!
Due to the 2020 main event tournament being cancelled, all the players who qualified for it had to fight for a spot once again in order to compete in the 2021 International. For some, such as Evil Geniuses, this proved to be an easy enough task, as they've always competed in the tournament and usually rank very high, even winning in 2015. For OG (the winners of the 2018 and 2019 editions), however, this re-qualification almost spelled disaster - despite qualifying for The International 2020, the Red Bull-sponsored team barely made it out of the group stage regional qualifiers this year, and while they ultimately managed to win themselves a spot, this was almost the first year in which they didn't make it to The International since their founding.
The full team of qualified teams is:
- Evil Geniuses
- Virtus Pro
- Quincy Crew
- Invictus Gaming
- Vici Gaming
- Team Secret
- Team Aster
- Thunder Predator
- Team Spirit
- SG e-sports
Dota 2 TI 2021 Fixtures: Key dates for the tournament
The fixtures we present on the site aren’t just limited to big tournaments like the Dota 2 International or Dota Pro Circuit - every single match that has odds at the big bookmakers in your area will be properly represented here. Mostly that’s limited to the various qualifying tournaments for each country/region where the winning players will move up to bigger and bigger championships leading up to the International.
All matches with fixtures already available are clearly and concisely presented here, with the best odds for each market displayed automatically right alongside them. Different bookmakers may evaluate each match differently, assigning it different probabilities regarding how likely each team is to win. These probabilities directly correspond to the odds, which in turn determine how much money you can make from your bet. As such, by betting at the bookie offering the highest odds you can maximize your winnings without any additional risk. How likely it is for your bet to win or lose doesn’t really change, but how much you stand to win does.
By default, matches happening today are displayed first on our site. If you’re interested in other dates you can use the calendar to navigate to the one you wish to see, whether it’s 3 days or 3 weeks from now. You can even go back and look at past results and fixtures from matches that have already been played so that you can get a better understanding of how these teams performed and how the various bookies evaluated their chances last time.
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