The International 2023: Dates, Dota 2 teams, tickets, and more


The battle for the Aegis of Champions returns at The International 2023. Here is everything you need to know about TI 2023, Dota 2’s biggest tournament.

The International 2023 will bring 20 of the world’s best Dota 2 teams together for one final round after a long Dota Pro Circuit season with three tours, each leading to a Major event.

The twelfth edition of The International will take place in Seattle, close to Valve’s headquarters. It will be the first TI held in North America since 2018 and marks the event’s return to Seattle, which hosted every edition between 2012 and 2017.

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Last year’s event in Singapore saw Tundra Esports crowned the world champion after beating Team Secret in the grand final. Tundra took home over $8.5 million, almost half of the event’s $18,930,775 prize pool.

Below you can find everything you need to know about The International 2023. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

Dota 2’s The International 2023: Dates, schedule and location

The twelfth iteration of The International will take place at the Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington. Opened in 1962 for that year’s World Fair, the multi-purpose indoor arena has a capacity of 18,300 for basketball games and 17,151 for hockey matches.

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According to a broadcast document released by Valve on June 23, TI 2023 will kick off on October 12 with the group stage. This is two days earlier than the initial starting date that was announced in a May 7 blog post.

The exact format has not been revealed, but based on last year’s event, the 20 participating teams should be split into two round-robin groups.

The group stage and the playoffs are part of what Valve described as the Road to the International and will lead to the Finals Weekend, scheduled for October 27-29. More details about the event will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

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  • Group Stage: October 12-15
  • Playoffs: October 20-22
  • Finals Weekend: October 27-29

Dota 2’s The International 2023: Ticket information

Tickets for The International 2023 are not yet on sale. According to Valve, ticketing information will be announced “as we get closer to the event”.

Last year, tickets were sold in a single wave in mid-August, approximately two months before TI11, which was held in Singapore.

Dota 2’s The International 2023: Will there be a Battle Pass?

In a June 19 announcement, Valve revealed that it will move away from the traditional Battle Pass system, which has been a huge part of the success of TI as it has been used to fund the prize pool of these events.

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Instead, Valve will continue along the path that started with the New Frontiers update. Cosmetic content will become secondary as Valve will focus on rolling out “a variety of exciting updates” that will keep the community interested. “Most Dota players never buy a Battle Pass and never get any rewards from it,” Valve acknowledged.

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Valve is moving away from the seasonal Battle Pass system for TI 2023

The developer stated that “work is well underway on a TI-themed update” that is scheduled for a September release. This update, focused on “the event, the players and the games”, will contribute directly to TI 2023’s prize pool, though it’s unclear what sort of impact this new system will have. Last year’s TI event had $18.9 million on the line – the lowest prize pool since TI 2015.

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Dota 2’s The International 2023: Teams and rosters

A total of 12 teams will receive a direct invitation to TI12 based on their Dota Pro Circuit rankings. The remaining eight teams will come through the regional qualifiers that will be held across the globe.

Invited Teams:

Team DPC Points Players
Team Liquid 2150 miCKe, Nisha, zai, Boxi, Insania
Gaimin Gladiators 2140 dyrachyo, Quinn, Ace, tOfu, Seleri
Tundra Esports 1660 skiter, Nine, 33, Saksa, Sneyking
9Pandas 1496 RAMZES666, kiyotaka, MieRo`, Antares, Solo
Evil Geniuses 1470 Pakazs, Chris Luck, Wisper, Matthew, Panda
PSG.LGD 1284 shiro, NothingToSay, niu, planet, y`
Shopify Rebellion 1170 Arteezy, Abed, SabeRLight-, Cr1t-, Fly
Talon Esports 1120 23savage, Mikoto, Jabz, Q, Oli~
beastcoast 1040 Parker, DarkMago, Sacred, Scofield, Stinger
Team Spirit 1020 Yatoro, Larl, Collapse, Mira, Miposhka
TSM 900 Timado, Bryle, kasane, Ari, Whitemon
BetBoom  760 Nightfall, gpk~, Pure~, Save-, TORONTOTOKYO

Qualified Teams:

Team Region Players
TBD North America TBD
TBD South America TBD
TBD South America TBD
TBD Eastern Europe TBD
TBD Western Europe TBD
TBD Western Europe TBD
TBD Southeast Asia TBD