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The International 8’s qualifier, group stage dates revealed in Compendium

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Dota 2 fans across the world — and players hoping for a shot — can now know when to clear their calendar

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The end of the Dota Pro Circuit draws near, and The International 8 is hot on its heels. Fortunately, we don’t have to wait until August 20th for the action, as there are plenty of group stage matches the week before — and qualifiers in early June.

In the TI8 Battle Pass’s placeholder Compendium section, the dates for both group stages and qualifiers were revealed, as follows:

  • Open Qualifiers: June 14th — June 17th
  • Regional Qualifiers: June 18th — June 25th
  • Group Stage: August 15th — August 18th

What looks to be the most drastic change since last year is the regional qualifiers’ dates, as instead of being four days, they span out eight. Whether it’s due to format or time constraints is yet to be seen.

It’s also worth noting that the exact date per region may vary or is subject to change, given differences between organizers. For instance, last year’s Chinese qualifiers actually began and ended a day after everyone else’s. It’s worth keeping an eye out if you want to know when exactly to tune in.

Just like last year, meanwhile, the group stage appears to be Wednesday through Saturday, with a one-day break between. This means that when all the teams are set in Vancouver, we’ll again have ten days of Dota 2 action to take in.