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Start Date:20 August 2018
End Date:25 August 2018
Tier:The International
Prize Pool:$25,532,177
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The International 2018 was the eight iteration of Dota 2's flagship annual championship. Hosted by Valve Corporation, it took place at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, being the first to be celebrated outside of the United States. The tournament began on 14 June 2018 with the Open Qualifiers and closed on 25 August 2018 with the Grand Final, where underdog team OG OG defeated Chinese group PSG PSG.LGD 3-2, becoming the first Grand Final since 2013 to feature five games.

With a prize pool of over US$25.3 million, The International 2018 is the largest tournament to ever take place in eSports, breaking the record held by its previous iteration, The International 2017, which accumulated over U$24 million. The majority of this sum is collected through several in-game items released by Valve, including the The International 2018 Battle Pass, a digital tournament pass and features bundle tied to the event that included many activities and cosmetic items. 2018 marks the fifth consecutive year that The International's prize pool outgrows its previous-year record.

The International 2018 became the first time a non-Chinese team had won the tournament in an even year, breaking the tradition of Western and Eastern teams alternating the championship which had been maintained for the previous seven years. The tournament also saw the first time a team went from the Open Qualifiers to TI champions, as OG lost their spot after being forced into a late-minute roster change. For a second consecutive year, champions Natus Vincere Natus Vincere (2011) and Alliance Alliance (2013) failed to qualify.

Schedule and Format[]

Date Event Notes
June 14 – 17 Open Qualifiers
  • Open to all teams.
  • Single elimination.
  • Winner from each region advances to regional qualifiers.
June 18 – 25 Main Qualifiers
  • 6 Regions: North Americas, South Americas, Europe, China, CIS, and Southeast Asia.
  • Winner from each region advances to main event.
  • 2nd place in the Europe, China, Southeast Asia and North America Qualifier advances to the main event.
  • 3rd place in the China and Southeast Asia Qualifier advances to the main event.
August 15 -18 Group Stage
  • Two groups of nine teams.
  • Round Robin
  • The top four teams in each group advance to the upper bracket in the Main Event.
  • The bottom team of each group gets eliminated.
  • The remaining teams advance to the lower bracket in the Main Event.
  • If there is a tie along the Upper and Lower Bracket divider or between the lower bracket and elimination divider, more games will be played.
August 20 – 25 Main Event
  • 16 teams, double elimination.
  • 8 teams begin in the upper bracket, 8 in the lower bracket.
  • First lower bracket game is best of one, others are best of three.
  • Grand finals are best of five.
August 23 All-Star Match


  • The International 2018 can be viewed live for free on DotaTV in-game.

United Kingdom English

Russia Russian

China Chinese

Official Pubstomp viewing party listing (international)

Promotional items[]


Invited Teams[]
Team icon
Russia RAMZES666
Ukraine No[o]ne
Russia 9pasha
Russia RodjER
Russia Solo Captain icon
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Team Liquid
Team icon Team Liquid
Jordan Miracle-
Bulgaria MinD_ContRoL
Lebanon GH
Germany KuroKy Captain icon
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Team icon LGD Gaming
China Ame
China Somnus丶M
China Chalice
China fy Captain icon
Malaysia xNova
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Team Secret
Team logo Team Secret
Denmark Ace
Malaysia MidOne
Germany Fata
Jordan YapzOr
Estonia Puppey Captain icon
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Team icon Mineski
Malaysia Mushi Captain icon
Malaysia NaNa
Singapore iceiceice
Thailand Jabz
United States ninjaboogie
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Team icon NewBee
China Moogy
China Sccc
Australia kpii
China faith
China Kaka Captain icon
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Vici Gaming
Team icon Vici Gaming
China Paparazi灬
China Ori
China eLeVeN
China LaNm
China Fenrir Captain icon
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Team icon Vici Gaming J
China Sylar
China ghost
China Yang
China Fade
Macau ddc
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Qualified Teams[]

Team icon OG
Australia ana
Finland Topson
France 7ckngMad
Finland JerAx
Denmark N0tail
Europe Qualifier
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Winstrike Team
Team icon Winstrike Team
Russia Silent
Ukraine Iceberg
Russia nongrata
Russia Nofear
CIS Qualifier
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Invictus Gaming
Team icon Invictus Gaming
China Agressif
China Xxs
China Srf
China BoBoKa
China Q
China Qualifier
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Team Serenity
Team icon Team Serenity
China zhizhizhi
China Zyd
China XinQ
China Pyw
China XCJ
China Qualifier
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Evil Geniuses
Team icon Evil Geniuses
Canada Arteezy
Pakistan SumaiL
Sweden s4
Denmark Cr1t-
Israel Fly
North America Qualifier
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Team icon Fnatic
Canada EternaLEnVy
Philippines Abed
United States UNiVeRsE
Philippines DJ
Sweden pieliedie
Southeast Asia Qualifier
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TNC Pro Team
Team icon TNC Pro Team
Philippines Raven
Philippines Armel
Philippines Sam_H
Philippines Tims
Philippines Kuku
Southeast Asia Qualifier
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Team icon VGJ.Storm
Pakistan YawaR
Ukraine Resolut1on
United States Sneyking
United States MSS
United States SVG
North America Qualifier
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OpTic Gaming
Team icon OpTic Gaming
Sweden Pajkatt
United States CCnC
Israel 33
Sweden zai
United States ppd
North America Qualifier
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paiN Gaming
Team icon paiN Gaming
Brazil hFn
Romania w33
Brazil tavo
Brazil Kingrd
Brazil Duster
South America Qualifier
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Open Qualifiers[]

Main Qualifiers[]

All-Star Match[]

In the All-Star match of 2018, two teams, Team BurNIng and Team rOtk, faced each other in a best of one, playing Mutation Mode. The teams' players were decided by Compendium owners, who were able to vote for 5 players for each team. Just like in the previous year, there was no secrecy between the teams. The playing booths were completely open, so that both teams could hear each other, the casters and the crowd.

On the previous day, both teams were gathered to draft their heroes and mutations before-hand. Unlike in regular Mutation Mode, the teams were allowed to choose three mutations, which would then only affect their team.

Drafted mutations:
Team BurNIng
  • Super Blink Dagger: All players on the team start with a Blink Dagger icon Blink Dagger that does not go on cooldown when taking damage.
  • Hero Glyph: When used, Glyph applies to all heroes on the team as well.
  • Death Explosion: When heroes on the team die, they cause a 1-second delayed, 300 radius explosion doing 150-775 pure damage (based on hero level). Looks like Nether Blast icon Pugna Blast.
Team rOtk
  • Pocket Tower: All players on the team start with a consumable item that, when used on a location, creates a Tier 1 Tower there.
  • Team Runes: All non-bounty runes apply to all heroes on the team. Includes usage from a Bottle icon Bottle.
  • Pocket Roshan: When Roshan icon Roshan is killed by the team, he also drops a consumable item that, when used, spawns a Roshan icon Roshan under control of that team that lasts for 60 seconds.

In addition to the chosen modifiers, the following modifications were active for both teams:

  • Tilting Tips: When tipping a player, the tipping player's hero deals pure damage to the tipped player's hero, based on the tip amount. If the tipped player is an ally, their hero gets healed instead.
  • Prowler Madness: Every neutral creep camp (except for Roshan) is replaced by three Ancient Prowler Shaman icon Ancient Prowler Shamans.
Team BurNIng Champion 25 3 Team rOtk
China Sccc Tiny minimap icon Ursa minimap icon Canada EternaLEnVy
Sweden Pajkatt Terrorblade minimap icon Nature's Prophet minimap icon Brazil Kingrd
Jordan Miracle- Earthshaker minimap icon Alchemist minimap icon Canada Arteezy
Australia kpii Tinker minimap icon Kunkka minimap icon China LaNm
Finland JerAx Keeper of the Light minimap icon Lich minimap icon Russia Solo

Group Stage[]

In the Group Stage, all 18 teams are divided into two groups of nine. Within each group, teams competed in a best-of-two round robin tournament, with the top four teams (denoted in Green) advancing to the Upper Bracket of the main event, the teams ranked 5-8 (denoted in Yellow) advancing to the Lower Bracket of the former, and the team in last place (denoted in Red) being eliminated.

Group A[]

Group A
1. Team Liquid Team Liquid 13 3
2. Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses 13 3
3. PSG PSG.LGD 11 5
4. OG OG 9 7
5. Fnatic Fnatic 7 9
6. VGJ VGJ.Thunder 6 10
7. Mineski Mineski 5 11
8. Winstrike Team Winstrike Team 4 12
9. Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming 4 12
Invictus Gaming PSG Evil Geniuses Team Liquid Fnatic Mineski OG VGJ Winstrike Team
Invictus Gaming 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2
PSG 2-0 0-2 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-0
Evil Geniuses 1-1 2-0 0-2 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0
Team Liquid 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0
Fnatic 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1
Mineski 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-0
OG 2-0 1-1 0-2 0-2 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1
VGJ 2-0 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 2-0
Winstrike Team 2-0 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-1 0-2

Group B[]

Group B
1. VGJ VGJ.Storm 12 4
2. Virtus 10 6
3. Team Secret Team Secret 8 8
4. OpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming 8 8
5. Newbee Newbee 8 8
6. Vici Gaming Vici Gaming 7 9
7. TNC Pro Team TNC Pro Team 7 9
8. Team Serenity Team Serenity 7 9
9. paiN Gaming paiN Gaming 5 11
paiN Gaming Vici Gaming Newbee Team Secret Virtus TNC Pro Team OpTic Gaming Team Serenity VGJ
paiN Gaming 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2
Vici Gaming 1-1 2-0 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 1-1 0-2
Newbee 1-1 0-2 2-0 0-2 2-0 0-2 2-0 1-1
Team Secret 1-1 1-1 0-2 1-1 2-0 2-0 1-1 0-2
Virtus 1-1 0-2 2-0 1-1 1-1 2-0 1-1 2-0
TNC Pro Team 1-1 2-0 0-2 0-2 1-1 2-0 1-1 0-2
OpTic Gaming 2-0 2-0 2-0 0-2 0-2 0-2 1-1 1-1
Team Serenity 2-0 1-1 0-2 1-1 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2
VGJ 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-0 0-2 2-0 1-1 2-0

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Main Event[]

The Main Event is a double-elimination tournament with the top four teams from each group starting off in the Upper Bracket whilst those who received 5th to 8th place starting off in the Lower (The teams that received 9th place in each group were eliminated). Most matches in the tournament are best-of-three, with the only exceptions being the matches in the 1st round of the Lower Bracket being best-of-one and the Grand Finals being best-of-five.

If any team in the Upper Bracket were to have lost their round, they will be placed within the Lower Bracket, giving them a second chance to make it to the grand finals. If any team were to be eliminated from the Lower Bracket, they are eliminated from play.

  Lower Bracket Round 1 (Bo1) Upper Bracket Round 1 (Bo3)
Lower Bracket Round 2 (Bo3)
Lower Bracket Round 3 (Bo3) Upper Bracket Round 2 (Bo3)
Lower Bracket Round 4 (Bo3)
Lower Bracket Round 5 (Bo3) Upper Bracket Finals (Bo3)
Lower Bracket Finals (Bo3)
Grand Finals (Bo5)
  Team Liquid Team Liquid 2
  OpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming 0
  Team Liquid Team Liquid 0
  Virtus 0
  OG OG 2
  VGJ VGJ.Storm 0
  OG OG 2
  OG OG 2
  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses 1
  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses 2
  Team Secret Team Secret 0
  OG OG Champion 3
  OpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming 2
  Fnatic Fnatic 0
  Team Serenity Team Serenity 0   Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses 2
  Team Serenity Team Serenity 1   OpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming 1
  Virtus 0
  Virtus 2
  Virtus 2
  TNC Pro Team TNC Pro Team 0   PSG PSG.LGD 2
  Mineski Mineski 0   Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses 2
  Mineski Mineski 1   Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses 0
  Team Liquid Team Liquid 0
  VGJ VGJ.Storm 2
  Newbee Newbee 0
  Winstrike Team Winstrike Team 0   Team Liquid Team Liquid 2
  Winstrike Team Winstrike Team 1   VGJ VGJ.Storm 0
  Team Secret Team Secret 0
  Team Secret Team Secret 2
  Team Secret Team Secret 2
  VGJ VGJ.Thunder 0
  Vici Gaming Vici Gaming 1
  Vici Gaming Vici Gaming 1

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Prize Allocation[]


As with previous Internationals, the winning team is also awarded the Aegis of Champions.

Final Prize Pool: $25,532,177 USD
Place Team Winnings Percent
A11st  OG OG
$11,234,158 44%
$4,085,148 16%
A33rd  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses
United States
$2,680,879 10.5%
A44th  Team Liquid Team Liquid
$1,787,252 7%
A55th - 6th  Team Secret Team Secret
$1,148,948 4.5%
A55th - 6th  Virtus
$1,148,948 4.5%
A77th - 8th  VGJ VGJ.Storm
United States
$638,304 2.5%
A77th - 8th  OpTic Gaming OpTic Gaming
United States
$638,304 2.5%
A99th - 12th  Winstrike Team Winstrike Team
$382,983 1.5%
A99th - 12th  Vici Gaming Vici Gaming
$382,983 1.5%
A99th - 12th  Mineski Mineski
$382,983 1.5%
A99th - 12th  Team Serenity Team Serenity
$382,983 1.5%
B313th - 16th  VGJ VGJ.Thunder
$127,661 0.5%
B313th - 16th  Newbee Newbee
$127,661 0.5%
B313th - 16th  TNC Pro Team TNC Pro Team
$127,661 0.5%
B313th - 16th  Fnatic Fnatic
$127,661 0.5%
B717th - 18th  Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming
$63,830 0.25%
B717th - 18th  paiN Gaming paiN Gaming
$63,830 0.25%
25% The International 2018 Battle Pass
25% The International 2018 Battle Pass - Level 75
25% The International 2018 - 5 Battle Pass Levels
25% The International 2018 - 11 Battle Pass Levels
25% The International 2018 - 24 Battle Pass Levels
25% The International 2018 Collector's Cache
25% The International 2018 Collector's Cache II
25% Battle Level Bundle 2018



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