Dota 2's The International Moves Into Full Swing This Week

Update: The tournament’s main event begins today. Four teams from the upper
bracket will face off today, while eight teams in the lower bracket will
play a best-of-one series to determine who proceeds to the
best-of-three rounds. The full schedule is as follows (times
vary depending on the total number and length of matches):

Upper Bracket
OG (Europe) vs. MVP Phoneix (Korea) (best of three)
Digital Chaos (Americas) vs. Wings Gaming (China) (best of three)

Lower Bracket
TNC Pro Team (Phillipines) vs. Vici Gaming Reborn (China) (best of one)
Team Secret (Europe) vs. LGD-Gaming (China) (best of one)
Fnatic (Malyasia) vs. Escape Gaming (Europe) (best of one)
Navi (Europe) vs. Team Liquid (Europe) (best of one)

Original story posted August 06, 2016 at 12:00 PM

With an exciting group stage week behind us, the sixteen teams participating in Valve’s Dota 2 The International this year have claimed their upper and lower bracket slots for the week ahead.

With the wild card and group stage complete, the action will now move to teams having their tournament life on the line for real during main week of action, kicking off Monday August 8 at 10 AM PST and continuing all week leading to the grand finals on Saturday, August 13.

At the time of this writing, the prize pool is the biggest in esports history, a massive $19,822,120. With community funding that offers players access to special cosmetics, the annual tournament’s purse is primarily fueled by player contributions to the massive prize pool.

Check out all the teams and get up to date information on each game, including multiple ways to watch (even VR watching this year!) at the official The International site.

Our Take
The International is a real joy to watch each year, and as always I’m looking forward to crazy draft picks, amazing team plays, and a lot of great action. While watching esports isn’t for everybody, check out my watching guide for some tips on how to fire up the grill for watching some of the coolest moments in gaming each year.

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