Dota 2’s annual world championship tournament The International is returning for the eleventh time and is scheduled to begin on October 1.
Several teams all over the globe are striving to secure a spot in the tournament by ranking within the top twelve through points earned in the three tours of the Dota Pro Circuit 2021-22 season. Here is the list of the leading teams so far.
With 1,400 points, PSG.LGD from China currently has the best chance of joining The International 2022. In second place is the American team TSM, followed by the first back-to-back TI champion OG. Last year’s TI champion, Team Spirit, is sitting in the eighth spot.
One more tour remains, comprised of a regional league set to start on June 6 and a major tournament later in August. Depending on their performance, other teams with low standing can still catch up and replace the current top twelve. These teams include other TI champions such as Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses.
Besides earnings DPC points, teams have one more way to earn a spot in The International 2022. Regional qualifiers, including last-chance wildcard tournaments, will take place after the third and final DPC tour to determine which eight additional teams will qualify and advance.
Like past iterations of this global esports competition, the initial prize pool is $1.6 million (around Php84.5 million) with 45 percent of the amount going to the tournament champion.
Dota 2 developer Valve will once again sell battle passes, with 25 percent of the sales to be added to the overall prize pool. The most recent TI tournament had $40 million (around Php2.1 billion) overall, with $18 million (around Php950 million) claimed by Team Spirit.
The International 2022 will take place in Singapore and the second time to be held in Asia. The first time was in Shanghai, China in 2019.