As Valve puts it, “the largest esports championship event in the world is in full swing as The International 11 (TI11 DotA 2 World Championship 2022) kicked into Group Stage this weekend.
The ‘playoffs’ convene with 20 qualifying teams (12 invitational, six regional, and two last-chance qualifiers) battling it out in Valve’s 5v5 MOBA for the glory of hoisting the Aegis of Champions once again!
The International 11, is the flagship annual event., hosted by DotA 2/Valve. It is, for many, the pinnacle tournament in the DotA 2 esports envelope. According to Valve, it is the biggest esports event of the year. According to facts, it’s boasted the largest, steadily increasing prize pool year-over-year. This year’s TI 11 prize pool is just over $16.5M USD.
Last year’s prize pool topped out at just over $40 million USD, a steady increase over each year before. In a somewhat unique setup – the prize pool for The International is partially funded by Valve at a base value of $1.6M USD with the remainder – and clearly the lion’s share – coming from players and crowd-funding initiatives.
That means that of the (currently) $16.5M USD prize pool for TI11 (2022), more than $14.9 million USD has come from cosmetic items, crowdfunding incentives, Battle Pass (Compendium) subscriptions, etc. For this reason, the final prize pool for Dota 2 TI11 is always a bit of a moving target. Despite sentiment that this year’s prize pool is drumming up significantly less than previous years, DotA 2’s The International competition is still regarded as the most lucrative esports tournament event of the year.
The International 11 2022 DotA 2 Championship begins with the Group Stage that runs from Oct. 15-18. From there, finalists move into the Grand Finals that take place from Oct. 29-30 this year.
What it means for gamers:
Five days packed with nail-biting 5v5 esports action as some of the most decorated international teams fight for the glory of participating in the TI11 Grand Finals, beginning Oct. 29 – all live from Singapore. It’s also a GREAT time to get into DotA 2 if you’ve been sitting on the fence.
We’ve already seen Evil Geniuses show some early dominance over crowd favorites like PSG.LGD and Soniqs. Meanwhile, OG started strong in their bracket against BOOM but were ultimately bested by Evil Geniuses in the upper bracket.
As the Group Stage continues, anything can happen as the standings evolve minute-to-minute. The early teams to watch (at the time of writing) seem to be EG, OG, BOOM, and PSG.LGD
For now, be sure to tune into PGL’s Twitch channel, with multiple syndicated regional casts.
Up-to-date matches and stats can be found at Esports.gg’s The International 2022 LIVE event standings.
GG, WP and GL, HF to all the competing qualifiers in this year’s TI11 2022 Group Stage and Grand Final teams!