The International 2018: Group Draws and Schedule Revealed
2018-08-14

The International 2018: Group Draws and Schedule Revealed

The International 2018 begins tomorrow and Valve have finally revealed the group draws for the main Dota 2 event of the year. In addition to the group draws, the organizers also gave out a detailed schedule for the group stage.

The group stage will be held on August 15-18 behind the closed doors. Eighteen participating teams have been split into two groups as follows:

Group A Group B
Invictus Gaming paiN Gaming
PSG.LGD Vici Gaming
Evil Geniuses Newbee
Team Liquid Team Secret
Fnatic Virtus.pro
Mineski TNC Predator
OG OpTic Gaming
VGJ.Thunder Team Serenity
Winstrike Team VGJ.Storm

The teams will compete in a round-robin format with best-of-two matches. Based on the results of the group stage only two teams will be eliminated from the event – the ones placed last in their groups. The others will make it to the double-elimination playoffs bracket, which will be held between August 20th and August 25th at Rogers Arena with live audience. Top four from each group will advance to the upper bracket, while the teams placed 5th-8th will have to make it through the lower bracket. In the playoffs the first round of the lower bracket will be best-of-one, the grand final will be best-of-five, the rest of the matches will be best-of-three.

Group Stage Schedule (UK Time):

Day 1, August 15-16

5:00 PM, Series A1

  • Invictus Gaming vs Mineski
  • PSG.LGD vs OG
  • Evil Geniuses vs VGJ.Thunder
  • Team Liquid vs Fnatic

07:30 PM, Series B1

  • Vici Gaming vs VGJ.Storm
  • Newbee vs TNC Predator
  • Team Secret vs Team Serenity
  • Virtus.pro vs OpTic Gaming

10:00 PM, Series A2

  • Invictus Gaming vs Evil Geniuses
  • PSG.LGD vs VGJ.Thunder
  • Team Liquid vs OG
  • Mineski vs Winstrike Team

00:30 AM, Series B2

  • paiN Gaming vs Newbee
  • Vici Gaming vs TNC Predator
  • Team Secret vs VGJ.Storm
  • Virtus.pro vs Team Serenity

03:00 PM, Series A3

  • Invictus Gaming vs Winstrike Team
  • PSG.LGD vs Team Liquid
  • Evil Geniuses vs Mineski
  • Fnatic vs VGJ.Thunder
Day 2, August 16-17

5:00 PM, Series B3

  • paiN Gaming vs TNC Predator
  • Vici Gaming vs Newbee
  • Team Secret vs Virtus.pro
  • OpTic Gaming vs VGJ.Storm

07:30 PM, Series A4

  • Invictus Gaming vs Team Liquid
  • PSG.LGD vs Winstrike Team
  • Evil Geniuses vs OG
  • Fnatic vs Mineski

10:00 PM, Series B4

  • paiN Gaming vs Team Secret
  • Vici Gaming vs Team Serenity
  • Newbee vs OpTic Gaming
  • Virtus.pro vs TNC Predator

00:30 AM, Series A5

  • Invictus Gaming vs Fnatic
  • PSG.LGD vs Evil Geniuses
  • Mineski vs OG
  • VGJ.Thunder vs Winstrike Team

03:00 PM, Series B5

  • paiN Gaming vs VGJ.Storm
  • Vici Gaming vs Team Secret
  • Newbee vs Team Serenity
  • TNC Predator vs OpTic Gaming
Day 3, August 17-18

5:00 PM, Series A6

  • Invictus Gaming vs VGJ.Thunder
  • Evil Geniuses vs Winstrike Team
  • Team Liquid vs Mineski
  • Fnatic vs OG

07:30 PM, Series B6

  • paiN Gaming vs Vici Gaming
  • Newbee vs Virtus.pro
  • TNC Predator vs VGJ.Storm
  • OpTic Gaming vs Team Serenity

10:00 PM, Series A7

  • Invictus Gaming vs OG
  • PSG.LGD vs Fnatic
  • Liquid vs Winstrike Team
  • Mineski vs VGJ.Thunder

00:30 AM, Series B7

  • paiN Gaming vs Virtus.pro
  • Newbee vs VGJ.Storm
  • Team Secret vs OpTic Gaming
  • TNC Predator vs Team Serenity

03:00 PM, Series A8

  • Invictus Gaming vs PSG.LGD
  • Evil Geniuses vs Team Liquid
  • Fnatic vs Winstrike Team
  • OG vs VGJ.Thunder
Day 4, August 17-18

5:00 PM, Series B8

  • paiN Gaming vs OpTic Gaming
  • Vici Gaming vs Virtus.pro
  • Team Secret vs TNC Predator
  • Team Serenity vs VGJ.Storm

07:30 PM, Series A9

  • PSG.LGD vs Mineski
  • Evil Geniuses vs Fnatic
  • Team Liquid vs VGJ.Thunder
  • OG vs Winstrike Team

10:00 PM, Series B9

  • paiN Gaming vs Team Serenity
  • Vici Gaming vs OpTic Gaming
  • Newbee vs Team Secret
  • Virtus.pro vs VGJ.Storm

This year’s The International is held on August 15-25 in Vancouver, Canada. Eighteen teams compete for a prize pool that exceeds $24,000,000, which means that the winner of the tournament will get more than $10,000,000 in prize money.