DOTA The International Betting Odds and Guide
The International, or TI as fans around the globe know it, is the Dota 2 World Championship and one of the most prestigious tournaments in all of esports. This event takes place once a year, usually in August, features 18 teams and provides numerous esports betting opportunities for people who like to bet on Dota 2 matches.
The International is one of the best tournaments of the year in any esport if you enjoy betting on Dota 2. The number of wager types we offer for each of its matches is absolutely staggering.
Team to Draw First Blood
Total Kills Odd/Even
To Destroy First Tower
Team to kill Roshan
Total Roshans slained
Correct map score
Race to kills
The International has had nine editions so far, and each of them was bigger than the previous one. The first one (2011) took place in Cologne, Germany and had a prize pool of $1.6 million, a staggering amount at the time. The 9th one took place in Shanghai, China in 2019, and had a prize pool more than 20 times larger: $34.3 million. This difference alone tells you what’s been going on in esports for the past decade and the growth this industry has experienced since its humble beginnings.
The complete history of The International with regards to prize pools, locations and winning teams is the following:
The team with the highest number of TI Grand Finals is Natus Vincere (3). The team with the highest number of titles is OG (2). The fact that it took nine editions for someone to win The International twice is a testament to the complexity of Dota 2 and the rivalry that exists between its professional teams.
In its current format, The International features 18 teams and is played in two stages. These teams are selected through a mixture of direct invitations and qualifiers. The invitations are offered based on the teams’ performance throughout the season (or the Dota Pro Circuit), and this performance is in turn measured in points.
The Dota Pro Circuit contains five Minors and five Majors, and each of these tournaments requires all teams to qualify. There are six official regions in total: Europe, CIS, South America, North America, China and Southeast Asia. At the end of the Dota Pro Circuit, the top 12 teams receive direct invites to The International while the other six tickets are distributed to the winners of the qualifiers held in each of the six regions.
As you can see, the system is very well put together and entirely transparent. The best teams get to the top with nothing to stop them other than their opponents. Every match is fair.
The format of The International includes a Group Stage and a Playoffs Stage.
For this stage, the 18 participants are divided into two groups of nine. In each of these groups, one Bo2 match takes place between every two teams. In the end, the top four teams advance to the Upper Bracket of the Playoffs, the following four teams advance to the Lower Bracket, and the 9th team is eliminated.
The Playoffs Stage is played in a GSL format (double-elimination). Apart from the first round of Lower Bracket matches (Bo1) and the Grand Final (Bo5), every match is a Bo3.
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