The biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year is here, The International 2023 is starting on October 12th with 20 teams competing for the title of TI 12. This year's International is hosted in Seattle, USA.
The International 2023: Group Stage
The group stage of TI 12 will be played from October 12th to October 16th. From the group stage, 4 teams will be eliminated whereas 16 teams will qualify for the playoffs.
Phase 1 Group Stage
The groups for the group stage of TI 12 are announced. Teams will be divided into four groups of 5 teams each. The top 4 teams from each group, 16 in total will qualify for the playoffs.
PSG Quest Esports
Vivo Keyd Stars
In the group stage, Group A is looking for the most competitive one with the potential of some upsets and early exit from The International 2023.
Phase 2 Group Stage
The top 4 teams from each group will move on to phase 2, playing one BO3 series to decide that bracket. The winning teams will be in the upper bracket of playoffs whereas losing teams will start their playoffs in the lower bracket of TI 12.
The International 2023: Schedule and Format
The 2023 TI 12 will start on October 12th with the group stages. This year the Dota 2 International will have a new format. There will be 4 groups of 5 teams each in Group Stage- phase 1. The bottom team from each group (5th place) will be eliminated from the event. The remaining teams will be qualified for the playoffs but will face each other in phase two for seeding in playoff brackets (upper and lower).
The main event of International 2023 - The playoffs will begin on October 20th. Eight teams start from the upper bracket quarterfinals whereas the other teams will be placed in the lower bracket. The grand finals will be played on October 29th, Sunday in Seattle's Climate Pledge Arena.
TI 12 Prize Pool
The International 2023 will have a prize pool of $1.6 million + 25% of Compendium revenue. So far it's under $3 million (around $2.95m) and fans as well as players are very disappointed with it.
The TI 12 prize pool will be the lowest in 10 years of Dota 2 Internationals. The peak prize pool of The International was reached at $40 million in 2021. This year Valve announced that they will not be releasing a Battle Pass in Dota 2 instead they released a compendium more focused on esports instead of in-game cosmetics. This caused a massive hit to the sales of Compendium and the overall prizepool of TI 12.