The year’s TI10 qualifiers are going to be spicy since a number of the top-tier Dota 2 team failed to make the direct cut. Defending champions OG and other popular names like Fnatic and Natus Vincere are all going to compete in these gruesome qualifiers in their respective regions. These TI10 qualifiers are slated to begin in late June for the CIS and SA regions, to be followed by NA and SEA, and then China and EU. All the 16 teams that competed in the Upper and Lower Divisions of the DPC will be eligible to participate, except for the ones who directly qualify via DPC points.
The following is a detailed look at the schedule and format for the TI10 qualifiers, as well as the teams that can participate in these qualifiers.
First will be CIS and SA, where the TI10 qualifiers will take place from June 23-26, 2021.
Second will be NA and SEA, where the TI10 qualifiers will take place from June 30-July 3.
The third and final will be China and EU, where the TI10 qualifiers will take place from July 7-10.
The regional qualifiers will include all 16 teams, eight in the Upper and eight in the Lower Divisions. The only exceptions are teams that accumulate enough DPC points to receive a direct invite.
In addition, each of these teams needs to ensure that they have three out of the five members from the squad that competed in season 2 of the DPC.
Teams will be seeded into a double-elimination playoff bracket. In order to seed, teams will be given priority based on the DPC points earned over the course of the two regional leagues and two Majors. Here’s how the brackets will look:
“If a region doesn’t have 16 eligible teams (most or all of them), whatever empty slots remaining at the end will be byes. For example, if a region has 13 teams available, slots 14 to 16 will be byes and seeds 9, 10 and 11 will advance to [the] next round immediately.
So, to be specific: DPC points matter over standings in the last season. Byes are always taken from the bottom (which means more division 2 teams can start in upper bracket if several teams are directly qualified)”
Valve will reveal broadcast information and talent information following the conclusion of the WePlay AniMajor, and we will update this article once it’s done.
At the end of these qualifiers, we will have our top 18 Dota 2 teams from across the world that will compete for the lion's share of the $40 Million~ USD prize pool at the biggest Dota 2 event of the year. At the time of writing this article, only Team Secret, Evil Geniuses, Virtus.pro, and Invictus Gaming have guaranteed TI10 slots.
TI10 is scheduled to take place in Stockholm, Sweden from Aug 5th - 15th, 2021. The main event will run from August 10-15 at the Avicii Arena. Valve is yet to reveal details about the presence of a live audience.