Dota 2 TI Schedule Explained: The International Stages & Dates

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Welcome to our guide to the Dota 2 TI schedule! This is one of the world’s biggest esports tournaments and luckily, the schedule is easy to follow. Knowing which dates to put on your calendar and which games to bet on can really up your game. So keep reading to find out all about it!

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Dota 2 TI Schedule Overview

Here’s a quick overview of the key dates of The International 2023:

August 17-31Regional Qualifiers (Concluded)
October 12-15Group Stage (Concluded)
October 20-22Main Event - Playoffs Weekend
October 27-29Main Event - Finals Weekend

The Basics of Dota 2 The International Schedule

So you’ll probably already know that The International is the pinnacle of Dota 2 pro gaming. It’s a massive tournament that is organized by Valve and PGL but The International 2023 schedule will be a little different to years gone by. 

  • This year sees The International taking place in Seattle, WA, USA, spread across two venues.
  • The Dota 2 TI dates run from 12th to 29th October 2023.
  • The event this year will be the twelfth edition of the tournament.
  • TI 2023 is the seventh time that The International will be held in Seattle.
  • The Playoffs will take place at the Seattle Convention Center’s Summit.
  • The finals weekend matches take place at the Climate Pledge Arena.

The Dota 2 The International schedule is packed full of games between 20 competing teams from all over the world.

They will go head to head in different parts, including a round-robin group stage and the double-elimination playoffs.

How the Dota 2 TI schedule works for 2023

  • The schedule is actually just the end of many months of gaming that make up the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC).
  • Here, it follows a similar format to previous editions of the contest where teams are awarded points based on their performances in the various Majors and regional leagues.
  • By picking up enough points, the teams will get to feature in the Dota 2 TI standings and compete for the Aegis of Champions.

Unlike in 2022, no Last Chance Qualifiers have taken place before the event. Instead, Regional Qualifiers were hosted in August 2023 to determine the final spots. 

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Who takes part in the Dota 2 TI schedule?

We’ve already noted that this year’s The International features 20 Dota 2 TI teams. Of these, 12 teams have already qualified through the DPC leagues. Otherwise, 8 teams made it through the Regional Qualifiers earlier this year according to the above Dota 2 TI dates. 

Group Stage: Dota 2 TI’s Start (Oct. 12-15, 2023)

The International 2023 schedule kicks off with the Group Stage that runs from October 12-15, 2023.

  • This features all of the 20 teams, who are divided into four groups of five teams each.
  • It follows a single round-robin format where each team has to play the other just once.
  • The exact Dota 2 TI12 schedule for the group stage will be confirmed closer to the start.
  • Once all of the games have been played, the highest-placed teams in each group will go through to the Upper Bracket in the Main Event.

The Main Event of The International (Oct. 20-29, 2023)

The Main Event sees the competition getting ever more intense. The competing teams are whittled down to the best-performing 16 teams.

  • The Main Event matches will be held in two bursts as tabulated above according to the Dota 2 TI dates.
  • The sixteen teams are divided into two Dota 2 TI brackets.
  • This means that there will be the eight best-performing teams fighting it out in the Upper Bracket.
  • The eight remaining teams aiming for survival in the Lower Bracket.

Each bracket features a double elimination round which runs in a way similar to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final of something like the football World Cup.

Dota TI Upper Bracket Schedule

Grand Final

  • 29/10 – Team Spirit vs Gaimin Gladiators (22:00 CEST)

The only difference here is that there is a Grand Final at the end, where the winner of the Upper Bracket takes on the winner of the Lower Bracket.

Whilst the Grand Final is a best-of-five game (BO5), all of the other games in the Main Event are best-of-three (BO3).

Which Dota 2 TI games should you be betting on?

There are literally dozens of thrilling Dota 2 matches to look forward to in The International. From the opening games of the Group Stage all the way up to the Grand Final itself, you’re always sure to get plenty of Dota The International betting entertainment.

However, there are always a few games that will raise the adrenaline levels even further. Here’s a quick overview of the key Dota 2 TI12 schedule games to look out for:

  1. Crunch games in the Group Stage: It’s too early to know who is going to be in the two groups that make up the Group Stage. But we’re expecting to see plenty of fascinating encounters here. While most of the TI12 odds will be on the likes of Gaimin Gladiators and Team Spirit to make light work of the Group Stage, it should give underrated teams like beastcoast and Thunder Awaken a real chance to cause an upset. A great way to take advantage of some unexpectedly long odds!
  2. All to play for in the Group Stage: It’s those final games in the Group Stage where we could see tempers really starting to fray. This is where some of those surefire favorites may find that they are suddenly falling short. They’ll have to throw everything at their opponent. Keep your eye on how last year’s winners, Tundra Esports, are doing in the final game of the Group Stage as things could get very interesting!
  3. Every game in the Main Event: Let’s face it, few things are more interesting than betting on Dota 2 The International live in the Main Event. After all, these are all elimination games, which means that each team has to win their best-of-three series. Otherwise, they’ll be thrown out of the tournament. Can Gaimin Gladiators prove the doubters wrong and make it to the Grand Final? Will beastcoast make good on their promise to be this year’s ‘dark horses’? Only one way to find out and that’s to watch the Main Event of this year’s The International!
  4. The Grand Final: OK, now things get really serious. The Grand Final is where the winning teams from the Upper and Lower Brackets go head to head in a best-of-five game to decide who earns eternal Dota 2 glory. The past few years have seen some truly epic Grand Finals. Team Spirit, OG and Team Liquid all put in some legendary performances. We’re pretty sure that this year’s Grand Final is going to go one better – particularly as there’s expected to be a prize pool of millions worth of dollars up for grabs!

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Making a TI12 schedule for your betting

Having a decent The International 2023 schedule isn’t just good for your viewing entertainment. It’s also essential to get organized when it comes to betting on this legendary esports tournament. Here are just a few reasons why our Dota 2 TI12 schedule can work wonders with your Dota 2 bets:

  • Budget your bets: If you’re anything like us, you’ll be planning on putting down bets all the way through The International. This is why it’s smart to take a good look at our schedule. You can plan how much of your budget you’re expecting to wager on each game. This way, you will be able to survive the occasional losing bet and still have some of your budget left by the time the grand final rolls around.
  • Know which bonuses to get: Lots of Dota 2 TI betting sites have bonuses that you’ll be able to use for betting on The International. However, it’s important to note that most betting bonuses have time limits. They can last anywhere between 24 hours and a couple of months. So make sure to check our schedule to ensure that the bonus that you’re thinking of getting doesn’t expire before you get a chance to use it.
  • Research your teams: It’s fair to say that not every Dota 2 team has an equally easy path to the Grand Final. After all, those teams in the Regional Qualifiers have way more games to play than those teams who’ve automatically earned their places in the Group Stages. Plus, some groups and brackets may be easier than others. So do some research into the fixtures that each team has got lined up in the schedule to see who has the best chance of going all the way.

Your Guide to the Dota 2 The International Schedule

We hope that we’ve helped you make some sense of the slightly complicated Dota 2 TI schedule. No one is going to expect you to keep all of the dates in your head.  So it’s probably a good idea to bookmark this page. 

Doing so would mean that you’re always within easy reach of the T12 schedule so that you don’t miss out on the biggest Dota 2 TI games. Plus, there’s nothing like a good Dota 2 TI schedule to help you plan your esports bets more methodically. So keep it here to get the latest updates on the Dota 2 The International schedule. 

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