All but 2 teams have qualified for Valve's $14 million tournament
We now know the 14 teams that will be competing at Valve’s the International 6, as well as the four teams that will be fighting through the tournament’s wild card in a hope to participate in the main event.
Over a span of eight days, 37 teams fought to secure their spots at the $14 million event in Seattle on Aug. 3, but in the end only 12 qualified for what is essentially the world championship of Dota 2.
These are the teams that will be competing at the International 6:
- Team Liquid - Invited
- Newbee - Invited
- LGD - Invited
- MVP Phoenix - Invited
- Na`Vi - Invited
- TNC Gaming
- Team Secret
- Wings Gaming
- Vici Gaming Reborn
- Evil Geniuses
- Digital Chaos
- compLexity Gaming - Wild card
- EHOME - Wild card
- Escape Gaming - Wild card
- Execration - Wild card
While the qualifiers started off with a surprising amount of upsets in the initial round robin stage, many of the favorites eventually won a seat at the main event.
Some had to fight harder than others, however, with Swedish heavyweights Alliance perhaps the most obvious example. Despite playing in one of the harder overall qualifiers, the team’s performance in the round robin stage was average at best. With a record of five wins and four losses, Alliance were sent straight into the next phase of the qualifier, a double-elimination bracket that would decide who went on to The International. The second place finishers, meanwhile, would have one more chance at a wild card tournament, where four teams will battle for the final two slots at the $14 million event. In the end, Alliance beat out Escape Gaming for a direct spot in the grand finals.
The North American qualifier was also rife with upsets, most notably compLexity Gaming's loss to Digital Chaos in the grand finals. The compLexity team has looked like one of the more consistent teams from the region over the past few months. With the fierce wild card event ahead of them, now it's entirely possible that one of the favorites won't be making it to the main event.