Valve has finally released the dates for TI11, revealing that this TI will be 4 weeks long and will come with a new format.
The biggest Dota 2 event of the year, The International 11, is set to take place in four months in the passionate region of Southeast Asia. This is incredibly exciting for the region, especially since TI will be landing in SEA for the first time. But after Valve recently released more details about the event, the community has some concerns.
More details on the tournament date were released yesterday, and it appears that the format will change at this TI. Unlike TI10, which was a 10-day event, TI11 will see an entire month of Dota 2 action featuring 30 teams from around the world.
TI11 will have a Last Chance Qualifiers (5 days), Group Stage of 20 teams (4 days), Playoffs (4 days), and Finals (2 days).
The International 11 dates:
- Last Chance Qualifiers: 8-12 October
- Break: 13-14 October
- Group Stage: 15-18 October
- Break: 19 October
- Playoffs: 20-23 October
- Break: 24-28 October
- Finals: 29-30 October
This format means that TI11 will be significantly longer with more breaks between matches. Most people commented on the odd 5-day gap between the playoffs and the finals, which will be played in front of a live audience.
After this revelation, a significant part of the community planning to attend the LAN event expressed their concern. Many people have also pointed out that the long break between the playoffs and the finals changes one of the core elements of TI.
Fans are unhappy
For fans who want to attend The International 11, a longer period means more time and money.
Singapore has one of the highest cost of living levels in the world. Because of this, the joy of attending TI11 could simply be overshadowed by the high cost of staying in Singapore.
Now, in addition to TI tickets and transportation costs, they will have to pay an additional 5-day break between the two stages. Of course, accessibility varies for each individual, but for most Southeast Asians, this would be incredibly burdensome.
The 5-day-break that separates the Main Event could also impact the tournament itself.
We are accustomed to many wonderful races at The International, when underdogs or dark horses snatch the championship from the favorites of the tournament. The fact that the teams had to constantly play each other throughout the playoffs requires a drastic change. Ultimately, he tests how quickly teams can adapt throughout a terrible tournament.
You can see when some teams have been able to adapt and improve overnight to catch their opponents by surprise, such as Team Spirit at TI10 and OG at the Stockholm Major.
With the long break separating the Playoffs and the Finals, this pattern would likely change. Reddit user, u/escamunich also pointed out the case. The manager of BOOM Esports, “BOOM Lane” also tweeted his concern that teams would lose momentum due to the long break.
Teams that are generally better at studying and researching would also likely have the upper hand. This is not necessarily a bad change, however, it could greatly shift the performances and results at TI.
The longest TI in the history of Dota 2 awaits you
The dates for TI11 aren’t exactly catastrophic, but there are visible changes that will impact teams and spectators alike. Perhaps the excessive break is due to Justin Bieber’s tour concert, which was supposed to take place around the same time.
However, there are also advantages to this situation. A long TI period can only mean MORE Dota 2 activity for the community. The players were also able to rest more to play at their best. In addition, viewers could use the break to do tourist activities and have fun.