It’s that time of year again when the biggest Dota 2 event, The International, rolls around and our favourite esports host, ReDeYe will be taking the reins for TI6. This will be the third consecutive year that the event takes place at the KeyArena in Seattle.
The International is the most coveted tournament of the year for Dota teams and has already surpassed last year’s prize pool of $18 million despite the introduction of the Major system, with each Major boasting a $3 million prize pool in their own right. The wild card and group stages will run from the 2nd to the 5th of August, with the main event held at the arena from the 8th to 13th.
With no shortage of hosts, casters, analysists and interviewers, joining ReDeYe on the English broadcasting team are:
This year there was only six invites handed out by Valve, in stark contrast to the huge twelve invites given out at the Manilla Major. With higher stakes on the line, the rest of the world will be competing for the ten remaining spots and a chance at that monumental prize pool.
The International has grown exponentially each year, with not only the prize pool exploding but also the quality of talent and teams. This year the tournament is stacked, with no expectations of who will take the top spot. Out of the all the invited teams in the tournament, OG are currently the overall favourites. They are currently riding the wave of resounding wins from both Manila and Frankfurt with an overall solid composition of heroes in their portfolio. Likewise, their European rivals Team Liquid have also secured first and second place at four of the five tournaments they’ve competed in for 2016 with no signs of slowing down.
Chinese teams like Newbee and Wings Gaming are also dangerous, as both are solid contenders for the title. Both teams have struggled to find a constant pace but with newcomers to both teams, their passion to prove themselves has already paid dividends. Whilst the safest bets and favourites to win seem to be the invited teams, it would be irresponsible to disregard any of the teams that qualified as they all have the potential to take home the trophy.
With such high stakes on the line and months of preparation, every team needs to play like champions. Who will come out fighting and who will be sent packing in the opening rounds? To find out, watch the action live on twitch.