Dota 2’s flagship annual competition, The International 11 (TI11) will take place in Singapore this October.
Developer Valve Software announced this on Sunday during the grand finals of the ESL One Stockholm – the first Major of the 2021-2022 Dota Pro Circuit season.
Valve had started teasing TI11’s venue a few days prior in a series of tweets that showed Dota 2 hero figures posed in a variety of locations around Singapore.
This will mark the first time a country in Southeast Asia is playing host to The International.
TechStorm has reached out to Valve for comment.
Teams from the Pro Circuit will fight for a spot in the event in a series of competition from the ongoing Dota 2 Majors.
The newly wrapped up Stockholm Major saw Team OG claim the top mantle after they beat their North American rivals Team TSM FTX 3-1 in the grand finals on Sunday.
Their win was even remarkable because Team OG had to compete with stand-ins after players Mikhail “Misha” Agatov and Evgenii “Chuvash”Makarov ran into visa issues, forcing The International champions Sébastien “Ceb” Debs and Johna “N0tail” Sundstein to stand in as support and coach.
The next Major will take place in Texas from 4 to 14 August.
Valve said 20 teams will take part in TI11.
The 12 teams to come out top of the pro-circuit leaderboard will see themselves sent to TI11, while other teams will have to battle it out in regional qualifiers to fill the remaining slots.
Valve has not stated what the prize pool of TI11 will be but the competition is known for having one of the biggest prize pools in esports.
TI10, which was held in Bucharest last year, saw a prize pool of a cool US$40 million.
The champions Team Spirit took home the lion’s share of over US$18 million.
*Featured image from Valve
By Samantha Chan \ 09:30, 24 May 2022