TI10 Groups Have Finally Been Revealed
The information of the International 10 (TI10)'s group stage is finally beginning to be available. The group stage will begin on 7th Oct 2021 and last for 4 days until 10th Oct 2021. Valve has finally revealed the two groups that’ll be competing in a BO2 round-robin to determine playoffs seeding for TI10. The 18 participating teams have been split into two groups - Group A and Group B - each comprising nine teams. At the end of the group stage, two teams will be eliminated, leaving 16 teams to advance to TI10’s Main Event which kicks off on 12th Oct 2021.
Group Stage: All that you need to know
Valve revealed the two groups that teams will compete in for the first phase of TI10.
Group A consists of Alliance, Team Aster, Evil Geniuses, Invictus Gaming, OG, T1, Thunder Predator, Team Undying, and Virtus.pro
Group B consists of Beastcoast, Elephant, Fnatic, PSG.LGD, Quincy Crew, SG esports, Team Secret, Team Spirit, Vici Gaming.
The announcement has had a relatively positive response from Dota 2 fans who seem to agree that both groups are balanced and should make for a good spectating experience. The Top four teams from each group will begin the playoffs in the Upper Brackets while teams placing fifth-eighth will head to the Lower Brackets. The bottom placed team from each group will be eliminated before the playoffs.
Here is a detailed look at some other aspects of TI10.
Format (7th-10th Oct 2021)
Single round-robin group stage
All series are BO2
The top four teams in each group qualify for the upper bracket of the playoffs
The 5th to 8th place teams in each group qualify for the lower bracket of the playoffs
The bottom team in each group is eliminated
A total of 20 series will be played on each of the first three days of the group stage. 12 will be played on the fourth and final day.
Prize Pool Distribution
The 40,018,195 USD prize pool will be divided among the 18 teams as follows.
Where to watch TI10
Aside from watching the games in the game client, TI10 will be streamed live in English on Dota 2's Twitch channel. Due to the fact that multiple series will be running simultaneously, additional Dota 2 channels will also be present. There is a good chance that Twitch's squad mode, which offers the ability to watch multiple live streams at the same time, would be applied to all of these streams.
Additionally, on the official Dota 2 YouTube channel, you can view highlights and more content related to TI10.
There will be a day's break following the conclusion of the group stage on 10th Oct 2021. Afterward, TI10’s Main Event will begin on 12th Oct and last for five days until 17th Oct, when the grand final will take place.