'Dota 2': The International 2017 Returns In August; Dates And Ticket Prices Announced By Valve

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Valve is finally offering up additional information on this year’s International, the annual Dota 2 world championship event, making it easier for fans who plan to attend The International to plan their trip. We still don’t know everything about the final stop on the 2017 Dota 2 Majors circuit, but event dates and ticket prices are at least enough to start making preparations. And it’s probably not going to be a cheap trip for most attendees.

According to Valve, tickets for this year’s International will be released in two phases -- as they have been for the last few years -- to give fans around the globe a better shot at the passes. Both sets will enter circulation on April 4. Ticketmaster will release the first batch at 1 p.m. (EST), to be followed by a second set 12 hours later. But attending the entire seven-day event is going to be even more expensive in 2017 than it has been in years past.

Tickets for The International are divided into two groups: Midweek tickets and Finals tickets. Midweek tickets are $100 each and grant access to KeyArena for four days, Aug. 7-10. Finals tickets will be $200 each and only allow entrance for the last two days of the tournament. And since the two don’t overlap, that means it’s going to cost you $300 to watch the entire event in person; more than double the price we saw in 2015 ($125) -- the last time tickets covered the whole week -- and $125 more than 2016 passes. And most attendees will still need to pay for a hotel room, airfare, etc. Like we said, this year’s Dota 2 world championship won’t be cheap.

For more on this year’s Dota 2 world championship tournament, including ticket prices and delivery information, check out The International Ticketing FAQ published by Valve. And if you’re hoping to buy tickets to the event, now might be a good time to make sure all the information on your Ticketmaster account is up to date.

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