The International 8 has begun — technically! The most well-known event in esports — which has broken records in the past for its massive community-funded prize pools — has started its qualifying process. And, as always, it’s dizzying but exciting.
One of the more well-respected aspects of this event is its open and regional qualifiers. Much like golf and tennis, any player from anywhere can apply through a series of qualifiers, first through regional Open Qualifiers and then through a “Main” Qualifier. Open teams meet the cream of the crop, as the top teams that have remained together through Valve’s roster lock are invited to their region’s Main Qualifier.
It’s a vicious process, but in the end, it brings together the best of the best for a massive community event to pay respects to this historic game.
Are you following a specific team? Or just want to know when these are taking place to tag along? The Flying Courier keeping track of the qualifiers — including full schedule and format explainers for each!