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On Cloud9: Valve announce invitees for Dota 2 International 2014

The clouds on the official Dota 2 International site flash with purple lightning, so maybe look at that too.

Valve have sent out whatever the digital equivalent is of gilded invitations to 11 pro Dota 2 teams. They’ll compete in this year’s International tournament, set to fill the Seattle Center’s KeyArena on the weekend beginning July 18.

2012 champions Invictus and 2011 winners Natus Vincere are joined by Alliance, Titan eSports, Evil Geniuses, Fnatic, NewBee, Vici Gaming, Team DK, Team Empire and Cloud 9.

A further four teams will be determined by regional qualifiers - one winner each from Europe, China, Southeast Asia and the Americas. And the final spot will be taken by one of four regional runners-up, who’ll compete on the eve of the tournament in Seattle.

Here are the whos and whens of the qualifying competitions:

In the first phase of the qualifiers, every team will play every other team once. The top four will advance to the second phase - a double elimination best-of-three match. The remaining two will then fight their respective best-of-five Regional Grand Finals. Whose names will you be wooping down the pipes of Twitch?

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3 Years ago

Personally I would love to see Zepher make it to the International. I've followed the majority of the team (namely Purge) throughout most of my Dota 2 career. Watching them dump everything, form a team, and stomp the Korean scene has been nothing but a fairy tale come true.

Some might argue that the Korean scene is less than sub-par, but you've got to hand it to Zepher: all they've done is strengthen it. A good number of Korean teams have made tremendous leaps in progress since their arrival.

I'll also be keeping an eye on Alliance, Cloud9 and Team DK in the meantime. They all have their specific styles and they're a pleasure to watch. I'm also really glad Valve upped the qualifiers to 40 teams instead of 16: it's more diverse than ever.