Dota 2 International moves to Canada and becomes the fastest selling TI of all time

The Dota 2 International is the annual Dota 2 event hosted by Valve. It has gained fame for being the tournament with the highest prize pool in all of esports. The Prize pool of TI7 ( The International 7) was an enormous $24,787,916 which includes the $1.6 million base Prize money provided by Valve.

Easily the pinnacle of the Dota 2 esports calendar year, The Internationals are the ultimate prize with almost all the tournaments right now providing Dota Pro Circuit points which lead to an invitation to The International.  This year there are several changes to The International including a venue change and a central theme change. The International will move to Canada for the first time ever. With the tickets already sold out within a few seconds of being up on sale, all eyes are on how high the International Prize Pool will reach this year.

The International moves to Canada

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Rodgers Arena, Vancouver, Canada. Home to TI8

This year, The International will move to Canada and the venue is the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. The top teams will play at The International and the players form team rosters keeping an eye on The International.

The event will start on Monday, August 20th through Saturday, August 25th. With the Dota Pro Circuit Points still having five Dota Majors before the International, there is bound to be a lot of competition amongst the teams. This includes the Chinese SuperMajor right before the International which has 2250 Dota Pro Circuit Points on offer.

This is the first year that the International will be moving outside of Seattle. While the first TI was in Germany, subsequent Internationals were at the KeyArena in Seattle. Due to renovations at the venue, the International will be forced to move to Seattle.

Better Visa opportunities for Dota 2 Professionals

The relocation of the event definitely comes as good news to several Dota 2 Professionals. While players from big teams do not really have a problem in securing their P1A visas to attend The International, we see players from smaller teams facing lots of problems. The P1A visa issue is the decision individual visa officer. The officer decides each application based on its individual merit. 

visa documents

LFY Monet and Inflame were denied visa to enter USA for TI7Last year saw multiple players facing visa problems in order to be able to attend TI7 at Seattle. LFY was one of the teams with players facing visa problems. The visa issues are relevant throughout esports for events within the  US.

It’s not uncommon for the community to be debating the potential visa problems for the players in attendance. So this year should be much better in terms of the obtaining visas and minimal problems for the players and talent.

Tickets sold out within seconds

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TI2 Ticket Image ( Held in Seattle)

The tickets for TI8 went on sale on Ticketmaster on 23rd of March, 2018. Not surprisingly, the biggest esports event sold out tickets within a mere few seconds. Based on this Reddit thread, the tickets were sold out within 30 seconds of going on sale.

Some of these tickets obviously go to resellers and despite this, TI has a rich history of selling out tickets within seconds. The International will start on August 20th, 2018.

Subterranean Theme

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TI7 featured an underwater theme

The International had an underwater theme last year. The theme is present throughout the production via an in-game terrain as well as production on site. It added great production value and was really entertaining to the average viewer. The green and 

ocean blue dominated the visuals on the streaming platform as the central theme. 

This year, Valve will be having a subterranean focus as their central theme. This was announced via a post on the game’s official steam group. It is a call to artists and content creators to submit their designs for the 2018 Collector’s Cache.

Content creators can submit their content until May 13th via the steam workshop. Valve wants to encourage community participation in the various items sets. The Collector’s Cache is a loot box available exclusive to the International and all items are keeping in mind the central theme.

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Rohan Samal