With the 13 direct invites into the Dota2 - The International 2013 already being revealed, non-invited teams left and right, or rather, East and West, started going into overdrive in order to at least get into the qualifiers.
VALVE finally released the participant lists for the qualifiers, which includes eight teams for each qualifier. And as usual, VALVE did not disappoint in their invites.
Probably the favorites to take the Western Qualifiers is USA's Evil Geniuses, the team which people thought would get invited directly up until the last invites were dished out. Don't expect them to take it all so easily, as the seven other teams provide stiff competition. Three more Eastern European Dota teams have the chance to prove themselves, as dark horse ICCup, RoX.KIS and the newly LoH-invigorated Empire look to join their CIS-brothers in Seattle.
Meanwhile, teams such as DD.Dota and mousesports bank on their slightly transformed rosters to take them all the way. Lastly, this will not be a Western Dota affair without Danish and Swedish representation, (partially) provided by the players from Absolute Legends (but their sponsor is Belgium-based) and the Qpad Red Pandas.
The Western Qualifiers will run May 13-19, and the stream will be provided by the guys over at TheGDStudio.
On this side of the world, another eight teams were given the chance to scramble for their tickets to Seattle. Pinoy fans would be very glad to hear that Mineski-Razer got an invite into the qualifiers!
But it will most defintely be an uphill battle for them, as three other strongholds in the SEA Dota 2 scene will be competing with and against them: the Singapore-based squads First Departure and Neolution.Int (although the latter does have some Filipino players playing in the team), and of course, Thailand's very own titan MiTH.Trust.
Last but not the least, four Chinese teams are still in the fray: TongFu, RattleSnake, RisingStars, and of course ZSMJ's Vici Gaming. As usual, they seem to be the most dangerous teams in the qualifier.
The Eastern Qualifiers will take place May 20-26, and will be streamed by none other than the Davids over at BeyondTheSummit.
The winners from each qualifier will take the 14th and 15th slots in The International, while the runner-ups will fight each other for the last one, in Seattle itself. For more updates regarding The International, make sure to stay tuned at Mineski.net.
Source -- Dota2