The battle for the Aegis of Champions is almost upon us as the horns sound for the regional qualifiers for The International (TI) 2023, this year's iteration of Dota 2's annual world championship tournament.
From 17 to 31 August, teams from the six regions of the 2023 Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) will compete to be among the eight teams joining the 12 directly-invited squads to TI 2023 fighting to be Dota 2's new world champion.
With the stakes are only going to get higher from here, there will be plenty of good Dota to watch as teams fight tooth and nail for a spot in TI 2023.
Read on for everything you need to know about TI 2023's regional qualifiers:
Format and schedule
The TI 2023 regional qualifiers will determine the eight teams joining the 12 directly-invited squads in the battle for the Aegis of Champions in Seattle this October. Unlike last year, this year's regional qualifiers will see two regions get two spots apiece, while the remaining four only get one, in lieu of the scrapped Last Chance Qualifier.
Western Europe and South America will get to send two representatives to TI 2023 this year while Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, China, and North America will only have one spot.
The TI 2023 regional qualifiers will be held from 17 to 31 August, with the competition being split into three five-day phases where two regions will compete in each phase.
The qualifiers for North America and China will kick things off from 17 to 21 August, South America and Eastern Europe will follow from 22 to 26 August, while Western Europe and Southeast Asia will close things out from 27 to 31 August.
The teams in the regional qualifiers include those that played in the 2023 DPC's Summer Tour regional league that did not get a direct invite and did not replace more than two players from their roster in the aforementioned Tour.
As with last year's regional qualifiers, this year's event will follow a double-elimination bracket format where all matches are a best-of-three except for the grand finals, which will be a full best-of-five series. The participating teams are seeded to either the upper bracket or lower bracket based on their DPC point total as well as standing in the Summer Tour regional league.
The winner of the grand finals will earn a spot in TI 2023. In the case of Western Europe and South America, the winners of the upper bracket finals and the lower bracket finals will advance to the tournament.
The number of teams in each regional qualifier vary due to the DPC point, Summer Tour standing, and roster continuity criteria. The qualifiers for Southeast Asia and China both include 15 teams, North America has 14, Western Europe and Eastern Europe each have 13, while South America only has 12.
Here is the full list of teams in each regional qualifier:
Luna Galaxy (formerly D1 Hustlers)
Into The Breach
Made in Philippines
Myth Avenue Gaming
The Last Dark
Lucky Bird (formerly Alpha)
Sand King Gómez
How to watch
All the matches for the TI 2023 regional qualifiers will be streamed on the official Twitch channel of PGL, the organiser for the qualifiers.
Members of the community are also free to stream the qualifiers, provided they abide by set rules and guidelines. You can find the TI 2023 regional qualifier broadcast rules and guidelines here.
TI 2023 is this year's iteration of Dota 2's annual multimillion-dollar world championship tournament which will be held in Seattle, the United States from 12 to 29 October.
This year's tournament notably features a revamped format with two distinct phases called 'The Road to The International' and 'The International' itself. You can find out more about the new TI format here.