Another year, another chance for the top global DOTA 2 teams to win the top prize of $1,000,000; The International 3 has been announced for this summer.
Last year's Grand Champions, Invictus Gaming, have already been invited to one of the 16 exclusive spots at the event.
Most of the slots for the tournament are invite only, but there are other ways to get into the final 16. Two qualifier tournaments will be held, one for the Western teams and one for the Eastern teams, with the winners securing a slot in The International.
The runners up will then play off against each other for the final slot in the tournament, ready to fight for the recognition, and of course the cold hard cash. Only last year's winner has been invited so far, but we can expect to see a lot of the usual attendees - Natus Vincere, EHOME and LGD are sure to be invited.
The tournament will be streamed live in several languages, and will run from the 7th until the 11th of August in Seattle. The venue chosen is capable of hosting over 2000 spectators in the largest hall, and tickets to the event are often highly valued.
Are any of you guys able to go? Or will you just be staying up all night watching the finals on the stream? Which team to you guys support? Tell us everything!