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Group Assignments and Wild Cards

GROUP STAGE ASSIGNMENTS
The International Group Stage assignments are set, and the teams are already hard at work studying up on their first opponents of the tournament. Head over to the event website to check out the initial matchups. Each team will face every other team in their group in a best-of-two. The top four teams of each group will advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Event, and the bottom four from each will proceed to the Lower Bracket. Visit the Group Stage results to follow along as the series unfold.

WILD CARD ROUND
Before Group Stage play can begin on Wednesday, however, there are two tournament spots still on the line. The Wild Card round will take place on Tuesday, August 2 to further narrow the field to the final 16 teams. The broadcast will begin at 9:00 a.m. PDT tomorrow with Escape taking on compLexity while Execration face off against EHOME. Each of the four Wild Card teams aims to be safely slotted into the Group Stage by end of play on Tuesday, but only two will make the cut. Who will be the first to face elimination? Tune in tomorrow from 9:00 a.m. PDT to find out.

SHORT FILM CONTEST
Today we will also be releasing the top Dota 2 Short Film Content entries into the client for Battle Pass owners to vote on, to be revealed during the tournament’s Main Event. Start watching and help vote to decide which short film auteurs will walk away from The International victors in their own right.


Outdoor Viewing and Limited Daily Tickets

This year at The International Dota 2 Championships in Seattle, we are once again inviting fans to come watch the live action outdoors with other Dota fans on the lawns next to KeyArena. Every day of the Main Event we will have a large LED screen on Fisher Lawn, open and free to any fans who want to be a part of the biggest Dota celebration of the year. On Friday and Saturday we will add another screen on the Fountain Lawn, and we encourage all midweek attendees to stay and enjoy the Grand Finals mere steps from the packed arena.

For fans without tickets who still wish to attend the midweek matches, we will be releasing a limited number of daily tickets to The International on Monday, August 8 – Thursday, August 11 only. Daily tickets will cost $25 each and will be released each morning starting at 7:00 a.m. Monday and 8:00 a.m. Tuesday – Thursday at the KeyArena West Box Office. These tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and are not available Friday and Saturday.

We have partnered with HTC to provide a free VR Experience this year above the Secret Shop. You will be able to sign up for a time slot beginning at noon on Monday, August 8. Come try out the HTC Vive with Dota VR Theater, Hover Junkers, AudioShield, and more!

For those who can’t make it down to KeyArena, we’ve also partnered with Barcraft United to help people connect for Dota-viewing Pubstomp events at local venues around the globe. Visit the Barcraft landing page to find a Pubstomp in your area.


Watching The International

Today we’re launching The International website, where you can find info about the tournament format, how to watch the matches, and the rosters of teams attending the event. You can also find links to our social media feeds and this year’s Secret Shop. Once the games begin, continue to check in for live matches, replays, and tournament schedule and bracket updates.


Level 1000 Collector’s Aegis of Champions

The 2016 Collector’s Aegis of Champions registration site is now open.

All Battle Pass owners who reach Battle Level 1000 are invited to receive The International 2016 Collector’s Aegis, an exclusive 1/5th-scale, bronze-plated alloy replica of the famed champion’s prize.

To claim your Collector’s Aegis, please visit the registration site to provide your shipping and contact information. You will need to use your Steam account credentials and have a Battle Level of 1000 in order to access the site.

Your Collector’s Aegis can only be delivered to the address you provide during registration. If you need to change your shipping information after successful registration, please contact Catalyst Customer Support at aegissupport@catalystteam.com

Deliveries will be spread across two waves of shipments—the first will ship in September, with the second to follow in October. Please note that all communication regarding your shipment will be sent to the email address you provide during registration, and failure to provide accurate shipping or contact information may cause fulfillment issues for your Collector’s Aegis.

Registration is required to receive your Aegis, so make sure to sign up before the conclusion of The International 2016 Grand Finals to claim this lasting symbol of the legendary support you have extended in helping make this the premiere tournament in all of esports.


The International Compendium Update

The International 2016 Compendium update has arrived, bringing with it a host of new and classic features designed to let you interact with the biggest tournament of the year while using your powers of prediction to score Battle Points.

COMPENDIUM FEATURES
Undertake the Fantasy Challenge by unwrapping your 15 Player Card Packs to stack up a roster of Dota elite; fill out a Bracket Prediction to see how close you can predict the flow of the Main Event; or flex your knowledge of the overall meta by making Tournament Predictions. Then, once the tournament begins, make your in-game Battle Predictions during live matches of The International to work towards a new set of Achievements. The stronger your performance, the more Battle Points that await you.

DOTA VR HUB
This update also includes the release of the Dota VR Hub. Put on a headset and join your friends and other Dota fans to watch live matches or replays in Dota VR Theater, where you can stand surrounded by heroes and watch the action unfold on an enormous screen. Immerse yourself further by jumping through the minimap into the game itself. Watch from a bird’s-eye view or plant your feet on the ground to watch the battles rage around you at full scale. We will continue to improve the Dota VR Hub as we approach The International, so try it out and let us know what you think.

Head over to the Compendium Update page and VR Hub FAQ to learn more. We’ve also added a convenient Notifications dropdown next to the Armory button in the client to help keep track of all the new things included in our updates.

TOURNAMENT NEWS
You can now find the Casters for this year’s event by clicking on the Compendium tab of the Battle Pass, and the full schedule and format are as follows:

  • Wildcards: August 2nd, 2016 – Four teams in a best-of-three double elimination playoff. Top two advance to Group Stage.
  • Group Stage: August 3rd – August 5th, 2016 – Two best-of-two groups of eight teams. Top four teams in each group advance to Upper Bracket, bottom four advance to Lower Bracket.
  • Main Event: August 8th – August 13th, 2016 – 16 teams in best-of-three double elimination playoff. Lower bracket first round is best-of-one, Grand Finals are best-of-five.

Fans can look for the full tournament website to launch later this week.


Immortal Treasure III

Immortal Treasure III is now ready to unbox, and includes items for Slark, Earth Spirit, Bane, Ogre Magi, Razor, Medusa, and Lina—as well as a rare chance to receive 50 bonus Battle Levels. All Battle Pass owners can find their unlocked treasure ready to open in the Armory.

As with treasures I & II, Immortal Treasure III features escalating odds, and each one opened increases your chances to receive the bonus rare Battle Points, very rare golden version of the Slark item, or ultra rare Lina item. Each available rare has its own independent escalating odds chance.

Check out the Battle Pass website for a preview of the items and custom spell effects contained in this new Immortal Treasure, or jump into your Armory to reveal your reward.

Those players who reach Battle Level 167 and beyond will also find additional Immortal Treasure III’s waiting to help celebrate their Battle Pass accomplishments, so level up your Battle Pass before the conclusion of The International 2016 Grand Finals to increase your haul. 25% of all level sales will go directly to the tournament prize pool, which will soon surpass last year’s record high of $18,429,613 to become the largest tournament payout in esports history.

To commemorate this new high-water mark, every Battle Pass owner will receive three Trust of the Benefactor treasure rewards in their Armory at the conclusion of The International Battle Pass season.

For a complete list of today’s patch notes, please click here.