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OG, Virtus.pro among 6 teams invited to The International 7

by Preston Dozsa 5d ago
Thumbnail image courtesy of Valve

The International 7's direct invites are in, and OG, Virtus.pro, Newbee, Team Liquid, Invictus Gaming and Evil Geniuses will all head to Seattle to take part in one of the biggest esport events of the calendar year.

OG are the reigning Major champions, having won both the Boston and Kiev Majors in the 2016-2017 season, while Virtus.pro are fresh off a victory at DOTA Summit 7 and were the runners-up at the Kiev Major.

EG has most recently won The Manila Masters in May, with Team Liquid winning EPICENTER in June to claim the largest prize pool outside of a Valve event this year.

As for the two Chinese teams, iG placed 3rd/4th at the Kiev Major while Newbee recently won both ZOTAC Cup Masters and Galaxy Battles in addition to placing second at The Manila Masters.

An additional 12 teams will qualify for TI7 through the regional qualifiers: China and Southeast Asia will have three qualifier spots each, North America and Europe West will have two qualifier spots each, while CIS and South America have one spot each.

The 18 teams will then compete in two round robin groups at TI7, with the last place team from each group being eliminated. From there, teams will advance to the main event at KeyArena in Seattle, where they will enter a double elimination bracket in the hopes of being crowned this year's TI champion.

The open qualifiers will run from June 22-25, while the regional qualifiers will run through June 26-29.

Europe West
Crescendo Danish Bears
mousesports Penta Sports
4 Protect Five Team Secret
Singularity Open Qualifiers #1
Open Qualifiers #2 Champions Cup Winner
CIS
Comanche Cyber Anji
Natus Vincere Gambit Esports
Team Effect Team Empire
Team Spirit Vega Squadron
Open Qualifiers #1 Open Qualifiers #2
China
CDEC EHOME
IG.Vitality LGD Gaming
LGD.Forever Young VG.J
Vici Gaming Open Qualifiers #1
Open Qualifiers #2 Champions Cup Winner
Southeast Asia
Clutch Gamers Team Faceless
Fnatic Happyfeet
Mineski TNC Gaming
Geek Fam Open Qualifiers #1
Open Qualifiers #2 Champions Cup Winner
North America
compLexity Digital Chaos
Team NP Planet Odd
Team Freedom Team RED
Wheels Wrecking While Whistling Open Qualifiers #1
Open Qualifiers #2 Champions Cup Winner
South America
Elite Wolves Infamous
Midas Club SG-Esports
Open Qualifiers #1 Open Qualifiers #2
Open Qualifiers #3 Open Qualifiers #4
Open Qualifiers #5 Open Qualifiers #6

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

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