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The International 2017 Preview

1 August 2017 09:49

The prize pool for The International 2017 Dota 2 championships currently stands at over $23 million, with eighteen teams primed to collide and compete for the Aegis of Champions title from Wednesday 2nd August to Saturday 12th August. The KeyArena at Seattle Center is the venue for the main event - one of the undoubted highlights in the Dota 2 calendar.

Held in Seattle for the sixth consecutive year - the fourth time at KeyArena – it’s the third Major of the 2017 season, following on from the Kiev Major 2017.

The Format

Split into two nine-team Round Robin groups, the eighteen teams will face each other in best-of-two clashes, leading onto to a sixteen-team double-elimination main event. The top four teams in the group stages go through to the main event’s upper bracket, and sides coming fourth to eighth take their place in the lower bracket. The two teams finishing bottom in the groups are eliminated and will play no further part. Six of the eighteen have received direct invitations to Seattle, and the other twelve have secured their places through regional qualifiers.

Furthermore, the $23,090,140 prize pool has been boosted by 25% of all Battle Pass sales going directly towards the ever-increasing figure. Those who purchase a Battle Pass can participate in the Slitbreaker multiplayer campaign – Act I: The Sands of Fate and Act II: A Vault in the Deep, earn Battle Point Tributes and participate in Team Quests and more.

The Teams

The two nine-team groups are shown below, along with their route of qualification and odds on winning the tournament outright from Bet365.

Group One:

  • Evil Geniuses – Direct Invite – 7/2
  • Team Liquid – Direct Invite – 5/1
  • LGD Gaming – China Third Place – 12/1
  • Team Secret – Europe Winner – 12/1
  • TNC Pro Team – South-East Asia Winner – 20/1
  • iG Vitality – China Winner – 33/1
  • Team Empire – CIS Winner – 50/1
  • Fnatic – South-East Asia Runner-Up – 50/1
  • Infamous - South America Winner – 80/1

Group Two:

  • Virtus.Pro – Direct Invite – 7/2
  • OG – Direct Invite – 5/1
  • Newbee – Direct Invite – 10/1
  • LGD.Forever Young – China Runner-Up – 14/1
  • Cloud9 - North America Winner – 18/1
  • Invictus Gaming – Direct Invite – 20/1
  • Digital Chaos - North America Runner Up – 40/1
  • Execration – South-East Asia Third Place – 100/1
  • HellRaisers – Europe Runner-Up – 125/1


Who should I look out for?

After a third-place finish at The International 2016, Evil Genuises return as one of the bookmakers’ favourites this time around. Their multi-national team of Artour "Arteezy" Babaev,
Syed Sumail "SumaiL" Hassan, Saahil "UNiVeRsE" Arora, Ludwig "zai" Wåhlberg and Andreas Franck "Cr1t-" Nielsen will be looking to take the next step this year, making it through to the final stages from Group One, and then winning the grand final. The team have had an impressive year to date, crowned The Manila Masters champions back in May after a 3-1 victory over rivals Newbee. Evil Genuises are 4/5 to draw first blood in Map 2 of their encounter with TNC Pro Team, and their five-man team will be wanting to impress again in Seattle.

Elsewhere, Virtus.Pro’s 7/2 odds make them favourites to go all the way from Group Two. Having received a direct invite to take part in proceedings, they’re a dangerous outfit and one that other teams will have to be wary of. Their team of Roman "RAMZES666" Kushnarev, Vladimir "No[o]ne" Minenko, Pavel "9pasha" Khvastunov, Ilya "Lil" Ilyuk and Alexei "Solo" Berezin has already made their mark on the Dota 2 circuit this year, triumphing at Dota Summit 7 after seeing off Team Secret 3-2 in June’s grand final.

Team Liquid are another to keep an eye on after their successful Dota 2 StarLadder i-League Invitational 2 campaign, and whilst there are some stand-out teams in the field, it could be tricky to pick a winner from this bunch.

Betting Odds

There are several fascinating betting odds available with a range of bookmakers, including Bet365. Some of the latest betting includes:

Region of Winner

  • Europe & CIS - 10/11
  • China - 3/1
  • Americas - 3/1
  • South-East Asia - 12/1

Winner's Group

  • Group A - 5/6
  • Group B - 5/6

To Finish Bottom

  • Group A; Evil Geniuses - 2/1
  • Group B; HellRaisers - 7/4


Prize Pool

For more information on the tournament and how the prize pool will be split, visit our dedicated The International 2017 page, where we also preview the teams recent form and how they qualified for the tournament.

For more Dota 2 betting odds, visit the Betting Page. Enjoy The International 2017; Eighteen teams will begin, but only one will be crowned victorious!



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Updated on: 2018-11-27

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