All games will be available to watch live in Dota 2. If you don't have the game yet, you can download the free Dota 2 Spectator client now available for all Steam users. Get the Spectator client here.
The Preliminaries will be covered by the broadcasters through their respective streams. We will link to live streams in the Preliminaries Watch tab as they become available.
The main show will begin with the Double Elimination bracket on August 31st, streaming live from Benayora Hall. Watch it here at dota2.com or through the game with commentary and spectator features.
Interviews, photos and other content, for both the Preliminaries and the Main Event, will be available in the Media section on dota2.com.
For those of you looking to follow The International spoiler-free, you'll be able to bookmark the Prelims Schedule and the Main Event Schedule pages.
(Then avoid our Twitter feed and Facebook posts.)
Prelims - will determine where teams are placed into the Winner and Loser brackets. The teams are split up into two groups of eight and each team plays the other teams in their group twice for a total of 112 games, 14 per team.
The top four teams in each group advance to the Winner Bracket. The bottom four are placed in the Loser Bracket. If tiebreaker games are necessary, they will be played after all other Prelim games are completed.
The Winner Bracket
All rounds of the Winner Bracket are played as Best of 3 games. The loser in each round is sent down to the Loser Bracket.
The Loser Bracket
Rounds 1 through 4 of the Loser Bracket are played as Best of 1 game. Teams that lose a round here are eliminated from the tournament. The last two rounds of the Loser Bracket are played as Best of 3 games.
The Championship Finals
The last remaining teams from the Winner and Loser Brackets will then face off in a full Best of 5 match to determine the champion of The International.