Radu M. | 12. October 2021

Dota 2 – TI10 Main Event: Preview and Predictions

The Main Event of TI10 has begun and this week we’ll discover which of the 16 participants is the new champion. A huge prize pool of around $40 million will be shared among the participants, with the winner taking home $18 million.

TI10 Main Event Details

The Playoffs of The International 10 are taking place this week, between October 12th – 17th. The competitive format used for this stage is double-elimination. Half of the 16 participants start in the Upper Bracket while the other half start in the Lower Bracket. With the exception of the first round of Lower Bracket matches (Bo1) and the Grand Final (Bo5), every match is Bo3.

The two brackets look like this:

Upper Bracket

  • Invictus Gaming versus Team Spirit
  • Team Secret versus OG
  • LGD versus T1
  • pro versus Vici Gaming

Lower Bracket

  • Team Undying versus Fnatic
  • Quincy Crew versus Team Aster
  • beastcoast versus Alliance
  • Evil Geniuses versus Elephant


In total, there are 6 teams that can realistically win the tournament: PSG.LGD, Invictus Gaming, OG, Team Secret, Virtus.pro, and T1. All of them start in the Upper Bracket and one of them will almost certainly be the winner. In fact, all 6 should finish in the top 6 or at least the top 8.

The most dangerous of the 6 are PSG.LGD, Invictus Gaming, and OG. Any of these 3 teams could win the race and they all have what it takes to bring home the trophy. Based on what we’ve seen during the Group Stage, this will likely be the year of Chinese Dota. But let’s not forget what happened at the last 2 events.

The most likely dark horse is probably T1. The SEA team has one of the best carries in the world in its roster and won its last 4 matches of the Group Stage. Its first opponent will be PSG.LGD, and this is the 5th time when these two teams meet each other in 2021. So far, every match has been won by PSG.LGD. But sooner or later, statistically speaking, T1 has to win its first match.


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