12 Dota 2 Teams That Should Get a Direct Invite to The International

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Bali Major is done and so is the Dota 2 2022-2023 DPC Season. While there's no official announcement yet from Valve, we pretty much get the picture of which teams could obtain those coveted direct invites for The International 2023.

Before we go to these teams, it's important to note that Valve apparently made changes to the assigned points. You see, last week it was reported that many in the community questioned Valve's decision of assigning points to some teams despite being eliminated early in Bali Major. The good news is that Valve has removed those points.

Without further ado, here are the teams and their rankings:

  • Rank 1: Team Liquid (Western Europe)
  • Rank 2: Gaimin Gladiators (Western Europe)
  • Rank 3: Tundra Esports (Western Europe)
  • Rank 4: 9Pandas (Eastern Europe)
  • Rank 5: Evil Geniuses (South America)
  • Rank 6: PSG.LGD (China)
  • Rank 7: Shopify Rebellion (North America)
  • Rank 8: Talon Esports (Southeast Asia)
  • Rank 9: beastcoast (South America)
  • Rank 10: Team Spirit (Eastern Europe)
  • Rank 11: TSM (North America)
  • Rank 12: BetBoom Team (Eastern Europe)

The Rivalry

While Gaimin Gladiators ended the DPC Season on a high note by winning all three majors, they're not at the top of the rankings; it's none other than Team Liquid. Gaimin Gladiators actually had the chance to rank one had Liquid not made it to Bali Major. Fortunately, Liquid managed to reach Tour 3 and get a fourth-place finish.

It would be interesting to see how this rivalry plays on in the biggest Dota 2 stage. Will Gaimin Gladiators continue their momentum or will Liquid finally have their revenge?

Lone Entry

One of the surprises of this year's DPC Season was PSG.LGD being the only team from China to possibly get a direct invite. In past tournaments, two or three Chinese teams usually make the cut.

Consistent Showing

Say what you will about the teams from the Americas, but they remain consistent. We're talking about Shopify Rebellion from North America and beastcoast and Evil Geniuses from South America.

Despite not-so good performances at majors, they've managed to dominate their respective regional tournaments.

Just Enough Points

BetBoom Team is likely celebrating hard right now. That's because during Bali Major, they had a chance to finish at a higher position. But in the first round of the playoffs, they received a default loss against Tundra Esports due to a rule violation. This dropped the team to the lower bracket and eventually lost to Azure Ray.

Fortunately, BetBoom managed to earn enough points during the regional tournaments to get a 12th place ranking and earn that final direct invite.

What about you? Did your favorite Dota 2 team make it to the top 12? Dota 2 is available on PC through Steam.

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