Welcome to Dota 2 The International 10
Welcome to Dota 2 The International 10

The biggest annual Dota 2 event in the world, The International 10 is about to start.

rand 1919
Freelance Esports Writer
1st Oct, 21·☕️ 7 min read

The biggest annual Dota 2 event in the world, The International 10 is about to start. There are 18 teams and 90 players who will compete at The International 10 and among them there are players who will make their debut playing in the biggest Dota 2 tournament in the world.

Competition Information


After Sweden has dropped from the list as the possible host country, Valve decided that the Dota 2 world championship will be held between October 7 and 17 at the National Arena, a soccer stadium located in the Lia Manoliu sports complex in Bucharest, Romania. The stadium has a capacity for 55,634 spectators, expandable to 63,000 seats, and has a retractable roof. A few days ago Valve announced the sale of tickets for the event.


Prize Pool

The International 10 will feature the biggest prize pool so far, not only in the Dota 2 scene, but overall. The International 10 is the biggest esports tournament in the world by a mile, if we take the prize pool into consideration. Teams will fight for the $40,018,195 in the prize pool, as the winner only will take home a cheque of around $20,000,000. The most hyped Dota 2 tournament so far, the biggest prize pool yet, the best teams in the world, that’s TI10.

Format & Teams

The TI10 features 18 teams: 12 arrived through the Pro Circuit, while six achieved the spots in the regional qualifiers around the world. Teams will be divided into two groups of nine teams each and the best eight from each group will qualify for the playoffs, with a double elimination formation, that is, upper and lower bracket.

Pro Circuit teams: Evil Geniuses, PSG.LGD, Virtus.pro, Quincy Crew, Invictus Gaming, T1, Vici Gaming, Team Secret, Team Aster, Alliance, beastcoast and Thunder Predator

Open qualifier teams: Team Undying, SG esports, OG, Team Spirit, Elephant and Fnatic

The Current Season

The International Rookies

18 teams will participate in The International 10. That means that 90 players will participate in The International. China, Peru and Russia are countries with the most players participating. Out of 90 players, here is our list of 5 players that are making their The International debut, which means they will experience the hype and TI feeling for the first time.

NothingToSay (PSG.LGD)

The player, whose real name is Cheng Jin Xiang, joined PSG.LGD last year in September. Since joining PSG.LGD, this Malaysian player has managed to win several titles for PSG.LGD such as WePlay Animajor 2021 and OGA Dota PIT Season 5: China. The International 10 will be his debut in the biggest tournament in Dota 2.



This Russian player whose real name is Alexander Khertek managed to bring Team Spirit to The International 10 event. Joining Spirit last December, TORONTOTOKYO was able to provide good results for Team Spirit and was one of the most consistent players in the team.

KJ (SG Esports)

Matheus “KJ” Diniz is the captain of the Brazilian team, SG Esports, which made it through to The International 10. His support position makes KJ very important in qualifying SG Esports for The International 10. This will also be his first Major event during his career in the competitive Dota 2 scene.

Whitemon (T1)

The player from Indonesia is one of the two Indonesian players that will play in Bucharest, Romania. Together with his colleague who is also from Indonesia, Xepher, Whitemon was able to make his debut in The International.

Xepher (T1)

Together with Whitemon, Kenny “Xepher” Deo was the first Indonesian to play in The International 10. His appearance with T1 is unquestionable since his joining in November last year. He was one of the biggest and most important links in T1’s Dota lineup.

Picklebet Top 5 Favourites

The International 10 favorites? Who are they and how to pick them? The question is very hard to answer, because each team here is capable of doing good results. There are no weak teams in The International. Teams usually give their best, and not rarely do we see some underdogs go all the way. Sportsbooks and analysts look at all the tournament participants, relying on how the teams showed themselves throughout the season and in what form they are going to Bucharest. Nevertheless, here are our top 5 favourites to win The International 10.

PSG.LGD (Outright @ 3.45)

Whoever you ask, the Chinese team PSG.LGD is named among the first. This is understandable. The strongest lineup cannot claim a place below the first. First of all, very strong players play for PSG.LGD. Secondly, they have a very experienced coach, xiao8. Every game of PSG.LGD is at an incredible level, which is quite difficult to keep up with. They seem to read every step of the enemy, know all his shortcomings, turning them into their advantages. But, nevertheless, The International 10 is different from WePlay AniMajor and OGA Dota PIT Invitational, this is the most unpredictable tournament, where even the main favorites can give up their positions.


Team Secret (Outright @ 6.40)

Despite the fact that the whole season Team Secret could not find themselves, they are still among the main contenders for the Aegis. From year to year Puppey’s only goal is to get that The International trophy. What has Team Secret been doing all this year? They surely prepared for this and their fans and spectators are expecting some extraordinary drafts and spectacular fights, which are their signature. They didn’t have a great season, but this is different. This is The International.


Evil Geniuses (Outright @ 6.60)

Stability is also a result. Unfortunately, Evil Geniuses seem to be cursed and it seems at times that they will never make it again. But let this remain just prejudice. Behind the back is an excellent season, and ahead is only determination and will to win from their stacked squad. EG has three 2nd places this year. Together with that, they won Dota Pro Circuit 2021: S1 - North America Upper Division convincingly. They can go really far this tournament, and I think they are finally ready. They have everything this year.


OG (Outright @ 9.40)

After two consecutive titles at The International, hard times began for the European heavyweight team OG. Ana, who loves long vacations, decided not to return for the last time. But this gave another opportunity for the OG - to take SumaiL into the roster. SumaiL have been looking for a suitable team for a long time, looking for themselves in Dota 2 and even announced their retirement from professional esports, but now he is full of strength and energy travels to Bucharest. A lot of people are predicting a third Aegis for them, but I somehow see it as impossible. However, OG is a team that can do the unimaginable, never write them off. OG are capable of going all the way, even though their season run was to forget.


Underdog prediction:

Team Aster (Outright @ 19.00)

I somehow believe Team Aster is the team that can go really far in this competition. Comparing them to other Chinese squads like Vici Gaming, Invictus Gaming or Elephant, I do think they are capable of doing the most out of them all. They finished top 2 in both Dota Pro Circuits in China, they won both i-League 2021 seasons, and their performance overall was growing as the season came to an end. With Monet carrying them and their “coach” LaNm on position 5, they are looking scary, at least on paper. I think we can see some good matches and results from them, not necessarily a tournament run.