Following the end of the China Dota2 Supermajor, Valve have released full details for The International 2018 Qualifiers. This includes the number of slots per region and for the open qualifiers. Also included is the list of teams directly seeded into the regional qualifiers.
In summary, unlike in previous years, only one team per region received a direct invite to the regional qualifiers, except for Europe and South America. The former had three teams advance directly to the regional qualifiers, The Final Tribe, Team Kinguin, and Kingdra. As for the latter, all interested teams from the region will have to make their way via the open qualifiers first.
Valve have also decided to expand the number of participating teams in the open qualifiers per region. Instead of the usual two to three slots, as many as six teams can make their way to the regional qualifiers via the open qualifiers. This will give any team a fair shot at qualifying for The International 2018.
The International 2018 Qualifiers Begins
Most of the Dota 2 community may have yet to recover from what is easily one of the best matches in Dota 2 history between Team Liquid and Virtus.Pro in the Grand Finals of the China Dota2 Supermajor, but alas, it is time to move on.
Similar to last year, The International 2018 will feature eighteen participating teams. Nearly half of the slots have already been taken by teams “based on their DPC standings.” Meanwhile, the rest will have to make their way via The International 2018 Qualifiers.
While not a single team from North America made it to the top eight of the standings, three of them occupied the ninth to the eleventh slot. OpTic Gaming, in particular, was just a single series win away from squeaking into the top eight. Perhaps that is why Valve saw it fit to give North America three qualifier slots this year.
Next in line are Southeast Asia and China, which each received two qualifier slots. Finally, Europe, CIS, and South America received only one qualifier slot each. In total, this makes for ten qualifier slots plus eight direct invites.
The end of the inaugural year of the Dota Pro Circuit might mean we will no longer see the top teams in the world duke it out. At least, not for a while. But, don’t worry. We’ll have our cravings for Dota 2 action satisfied by the open qualifiers and regional qualifiers soon enough.
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