It?s live! It looks like everything is ready and set as The International 2014 Dota 2 Championship matches officially start today in Seattle, U.S.A.
Today will be the start of the biggest event in Dota 2 as four teams battle it out to advance in the next playoffs phase. The four teams that will debut today are the wildcard teams who took the 2nd place in their respective regional qualifiers. The first teams to make an appearance will be MVP.Phoenix (MVP) from South Korea, Virtus.Pro (VP) from Russia, CIS-Game who just got their visas approved from China, and home-crowd favorites Team Liquid hailing from North America.
A total of three matches will be played. The first match will be between VP and MVP at 18:00 CEST. The second match between CIS and Team Liquid will be happening at 22:00 CEST. The wildcard finals will immediately follow once both matches are finished.
The games will be played in a best-of-3 single-elimination format. This means that all these teams will only have one chance to prove themselves that they are worthy of joining the big dogs in the top 16. One loss will immediately end their run at The International, while the sole winner will advance to the groupstage.
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Historically, wildcard matches are very difficult to predict and often nail-biting matches. The teams have over a month of preparing and studying for their matches and possibly they have planned specific strategies against each of their opponents. We will later see who among the four teams will come out on top.
Tomorrow, July 9, will be the start of the groupstage matches or playoffs – phase two. We will see the likes of the returning champions from last year, Team Alliance, the Chinese giant Team DK, and many more.
In the next two weeks, we will see who takes the grand prize of $4.7 million. The main event will be held July 18 to 21 at the KeyArena in Seattle.
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