Tickets Now Available for Dota 2’s The International
Dota 2’s The International is quickly approaching, and now we finally have news that fans will be able to attend the event in person. The International has typically offered fans an experience outside of merely spectating the matches, as there’s always the promise of the Secret Shop, which offers exclusive merchandise unique to that particular International, as well as costume contests, community meetups, and opportunities to meet the pros. Not only is The International the most prestigious tournament of the year for Dota 2, but it’s also a reunion for several fans and players who have been unable to see each other due to the pandemic.
That being said, this year’s International will undoubtedly have to adjust the attendee experience to ensure the safety of players, staff, and fans so that everyone can have a comfortable and safe time. Whether this means that most of the fan experience will be tapered to follow health regulations is unknown, but people are excited to attend and watch their favorite teams play in person.
How Can I Buy Tickets for Dota 2’s The International?
According to a news post on the official Dota 2 blog, fans will be able to purchase ticket packages for the main event of The International. These packages are solely for the main event, which means group stages will be held apart from the National Arena in Bucharest at a separate location. The ticket packages are as follows:
- Midweek 1: October 12 & 13 – 249 Lei (approx. $59.20)
- Midweek 2: October 14 & 15 – 249 Lei (approx. $59.20)
- Finals: October 16 & 17 – 999 Lei (approx. $237.52)
Fans are not limited to solely one ticket package, as they can purchase five tickets from each bundle for a total of fifteen tickets. As Valve typically gives away in-game items along with ticket purchases, it makes sense why individuals are limited to only fifteen. This policy also prevents ticket scalping.
To attend the event, attendees must adhere to health and safety guidelines within the National Arena. Fans will have to be fully vaccinated and wear a mask while attending The International and present proof of their vaccination status when picking up their ticket. Those living in the EU can utilize the digital COVID certificate provided by the European Commission. Those from outside Europe will have to check with the health authorities in their countries to see how they can receive proof of vaccination.
Tickets can be purchased here, which seems to be down right now. Should this change in the future, we will update this article with the appropriate link.
In addition to tickets being available for purchase, Valve has released updates to the in-game spectator client to provide a smoother, more interactive viewing experience for those watching The International from the comfort of the Dota 2 client. These updates include improved status indicators that will inform you if a hero is under the effects of Smoke of Deceit and holding the Aegis or Cheese. Inventories will now show the duration of items like Black King Bar, the duration of Aegis before it expires, and the shared tango timer. Spectators will be able to see a countdown on Roshan’s respawn timer. Players will ping the Aegis in their inventory to broadcast the time remaining before its expiration.
Two of the spectator client’s biggest and most useful changes include an improved items panel that now shows neutral items and which heroes have an Aghanim’s Scepter or Aghanim’s Shard upgrade. The in-game graphs will show a momentum indicator to show how a team’s performance increases or decreases over two minutes. Momentum is a vital ‘mechanic’ that’s difficult to explain in concrete terms in Dota, so it’ll be interesting to see which KPIs Valve tracks to express momentum in Dota 2.
The in-game camera has also received new features, with the ability to skip to in-game highlights and the drafting stage. An override camera feature has been included, allowing spectators to move the camera to inspect a different location on the map before snapping back to the camera’s directed focus.
Talent Announced for Dota 2’s The International
With tickets now being available, Valve has announced the talent that will assist in The International’s broadcast. Dota 2 community figure Wyrkhm Reddy has posted the talent rosters for both English and Russian broadcasts. Hosts have also been announced.
With each day bringing us closer and closer to The International, we’ll be sure to report on breaking news regarding any changes to the event and the status of teams who are currently traveling to Romania to attend.