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Prepare for The Majors

This fall, a new tradition comes to the world of professional Dota. The Majors are a series of four seasonal marquee tournaments culminating in The International. The first Major will be occuring in Europe this November and we’ll have more details on ticketing soon.

Ahead of this Major, there will be Open Qualifiers from October 6-9, and Regional Qualifiers from October 10-13. Any team may participate in an Open Qualifier, and two teams from each region will be among those invited to participate in the Regional Qualifiers. The Regional Qualifiers will then determine several of the teams to be invited to battle at the Major. Direct invitations to the Major and the Regional Qualifiers will be announced on October 5th.

If your team would like to be considered for an invitation to either the Regional Qualifiers or the Major directly, head over to the registration site for more information. Any team that makes changes to its roster after September 5th 2015 at 12:00AM PDT cannot be directly invited to the Regional Qualifiers or Major, and must compete in the Open Qualifiers.


Evil Geniuses: Grand Champions

Congratulations to Evil Geniuses, Grand Champions at The International 2015.

It’s been a long road for the victors. Battling in the Group Stage, Evil Geniuses secured a top position within their grouping. However, at the same time, the underdogs of CDEC Gaming were making a name for themselves. A runner-up at the China Qualifier, CDEC fought their way into the tournament through the Wild Card, and were ultimately tied with Evil Geniuses by the end the Group Stage.

At the Main Event, CDEC dominated the upper bracket, winning every match, eventually knocking Evil Geniuses to the lower bracket to advance to the Grand Finals. In the final day of The International, Evil Geniuses beat LGD Gaming to earn their way to the Grand Finals through the lower bracket, securing a rematch against CDEC Gaming in the process.

In the Grand Finals, CDEC’s win streak finally came to an end. As the dust settled, it was Evil Geniuses who stood triumphant, defeating CDEC Gaming 3-1.

A new Grand Champion has been crowned, and a new inscription will be set upon the Aegis of Champions:

2015
Evil Geniuses
Clinton “Fear” Loomis
Syed “Suma1l” Hassan
Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora
Kurtis “Aui_2000″ Ling
Peter “ppd” Dager

There were more great stories and incredible games at The International than we can possibly recount. If you’d like to relive the action, head to The International site, where you’ll find replays for every game. You can also check out photos and videos from the event on Flickr and at our media page.

We’d like to thank all of the teams, and everyone in the Dota community for helping to bring year’s tournament to life. Like you, we look forward to The International every year, and without you this amazing event wouldn’t be possible.


New Immortal Treasures

New International immortal treasures are now available for a limited time. Each treasure contains five possible immortals and a rare International courier. There is also an extremely rare chance to unlock the Golden Trove treasure when opening either of the two treasures. The Golden Trove Treasure contains golden versions of the Trove Immortals as well as golden versions of the two rare International couriers.

Consume any extra immortals you own for a chance at a free Trove or Lockless treasure, and then try your luck again at getting the golden items. Opening your first and fifth treasure earns you two and four compendium levels respectively for each of the two treasures.

You can also support your favorite casters by buying signed versions of the new Lockless Luckvase and Trove Carafe treasures. These Signature Treasures now come with upgradeable autograph runes, which let you merge multiple autograph gems together to create a higher level gem. Level the gem up to 10 and unlock a special gold version of the autograph. A single use chisel is also included in the Treasure.


The Brackets Are Set

The Group Stage is over, the Wild Cards have been chosen and the team brackets are locked in place. All that’s left is the main event itself starting this Monday and running throughout the week, where the best Dota 2 players in the world will compete for over a $17,000,000 prize pool.

For the past five days, 16 teams have been competing for bracket positions to see who goes head-to-head with who next week. Click the image below to see how things shook out.

With the main event just days away, the teams will spend the weekend strategizing and, above all, practicing. Every team has a private practice area, stocked with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti-powered systems and G-SYNC monitors provided by NVIDIA.

If you’re just catching up with this year’s International, be sure to check out Kaci Aitchison’s interviews with some of this year’s top players, as well as in-depth player profiles, at our Youtube channel. You can also follow our twitter and instagram feeds for constant updates throughout the event.

It’s going to be an exciting week. We’ll see you Monday for Day 1 of the main event.


The Group Stage

The Wild Cards have ended, and the Group Stage starts soon. From Monday, July 27th through Thursday, July 30th, and starting at 9am PDT each day, two groups of eight teams will fight to determine their seeding for the Main Event of The International. Each game will be a set of two matches. At the end of Group Stage, the top four teams from each group will advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event, while the bottom four teams will go on to the Lower Bracket.

During Group Stage, three matches will be played simultaneously. You’ll be able to watch all the action at The International website, with the Primary Stream covering games in Series A, while also providing updates on the other games between matches.


The Wild Cards

The Wild Cards begin this Sunday at 9am PDT, where four teams will battle it out to decide who will claim the final two invites to The International. Following that will be the Group Stage games, which will determine the seeding for the Main Event, and will run through the week beginning Monday, July 27th at 9am PDT. Finally, the The International’s Main Event begins on Monday, August 3rd and culminates with the Grand Finals on Saturday, August 8th, beginning at 10am PDT each day. You’ll be able to watch every moment streamed live at The International site.

If you’ll be attending The International in person, the doors to KeyArena open at 9am. Pre-orders for Secret Shop merchandise can be made until midnight PDT this Saturday night, July 25th. They will be available for pickup at the Secret Shop, located just outside of KeyArena at Fisher Pavilion, begining Friday, July 31st, at 8am PDT until 2pm PDT on August 8th.