Dota 2 News: The International 2022 qualifiers; Highly contested WEU
Perhaps the most highly contest of regions, the International 2022 qualifiers for Western Europe now begin.
Clement ‘Puppey‘ Ivanov stands alone as the only player who has had the honor to compete at every International every year since its inception. And now he’s staring down the barrel of a loaded gun.
This is a fully stacked qualifier overflowing with raw talent and charisma.
There has definitely been a shift in the Dota 2 landscape with younger, newer faces taking the mantle from the legendary pioneers.
And it wouldn’t be unheard of if we see some upsets or don’t see some of the famed teams waving their banners on the stage of The International this year.
The International 2022 WEU qualifiers
12 teams will go head-to-head between September 8thd through September 12th. Only one will claim a spot in the main event to join OG, Tundra Esports, and Gaimin Gladiators. Two more teams will fly to Singapore for the offline Last Chance Qualifier.
Our two front-runners? Team Secret and Team Liquid.
Team Secret had a difficult go of things this year. They missed two Majors in a row by placing fifth in the Dota Pro Circuit Western Europe regional league in both Spring and Summer Tours.
Secret found their stride only towards the end of the league. But it wasn’t until Riyadh Masters with Roman “Resolut1on” Fomynok in place of Daryl “iceiceice” Xiang that the team began to really shine and turn heads again finally.
Team Liquid had an impressive run through all three tours of the DPC 2021-22 Season. They managed to take first, then third, and then second place in the league play, landing a spot in all of the Majors.
But things didn’t go as planned or expected for the team at the Stockholm Major or the Arlington Major where they took a disappointing 9-12th place finish with no DPC points awarded both times.
They narrowly missed out on the invite, ending the season in 14th place.
The International 2022 WEU qualifier teams
The International 2022 WEU first matches
The International 2022 WEU brackets
The International 2022 WEU qualifier format
- Double-elimination bracket
- Lower Bracket Round 1 is a 1 match series
- All other series are Best-of-three
- Grand Final is Best-of-five
- Two teams proceed to the Last Chance Qualifier
- One team qualifies for The International 2022
The International 2022 qualifiers
At the end of the third tour, the top twelve teams by DPC points are directly qualified for The International 2022.
The remaining spots will be decided through regional qualifiers. All teams that participated in the third tour of the regional leagues have a chance to qualify through the regional qualifiers provided that they do not replace more than two players from their third tour’s roster. As in the previous season, there will not be any Open Qualifiers. However, all Regional Leagues will have an Open Qualifier tournament for their Division II spots meaning that the third tour’s open qualifiers will essentially act as TI Open Qualifiers.
In addition, on 22nd January 2022, it was announced that the second and third-place teams from each region’s qualifiers will compete in the Last Chance Qualifier LAN event prior to The International to decide the final two qualification spots – thus expanding The International 2022 from 18 to 20 teams.
The International 2022
The International in Singapore will be the largest Dota tournament in history featuring 30 world-class teams battling out on the road to the Aegis of Champions across 4 consecutive weekends.
International 2022 is expected to be held in Singapore from October 8th (starting with the offline/LAN last chance qualifiers) to October 30th with the grand finals.