Valve has finally revealed the Direct Invites to the Dota 2 International 7 scheduled to be held in Seattle from August 7 to 12, 2017. The invited teams are:
- Virtus Pro
- Evil Geniuses
- Team Liquid
- Invictus Gaming
OG didn't do very well in the last two tournaments that it participated but they managed to win the biggest tournament of 2017 so far which was the Kiev Major, beating an in-form and rejuvenated Virtus Pro. They also had won the preceding Boston Major. In fact, of the 5 Majors that have been held so far, OG already has won 4. Therefore, their direct invite shouldn't raise too many eye brows.
Virtus Pro has proven themselves and cemented their place as the current top team from the CIS region by securing the runners-up position in the Kiev Major and winning the recently concluded Summit 7 after beating Team Secret in the finals.
Evil Geniuses has been performing very well and they are perhaps the most consistent team among all the Direct Invites. Besides winning the Dota Pit League Season 5 and Manila Masters , they managed to reach the grand finals of the Epicenter 2017 in Moscow. EG are perhaps one of the more deserving candidates for a direct invite.
Team Liquid had a great year so far and has won 3 premier tournaments - Starladder Starseries Season 3, Starladder Invitational 2 and the Epicenter 2017. Led by the calm and experienced Kuroky, this team boasts of some of the most highly skilled players of the game.
After winning the Dota 2 Asia Championships in early April 2017, Invictus Gaming has had lacklustre performances so far. However, this team has the capability to defeat any top tier team and can go all the way with a good grasp of the current meta.
The resurgent Newbee have proven themselves by winning the recently concluded Galaxy Battles after beating Planet ODD in the grand finals and the Zotac Cup Masters in Taipei beating the North American powerhouse Team NP in the grand finals.
So these are the six teams that have performed well so far this year to deserve direct invitation to the greatest tournament of the year 2017, The International 7. Region wise, 2 teams have been been invited from Europe (OG and Team Liquid), 1 from CIS (Virtus Pro), 1 from North Americas (Evil Geniuses) and 2 from China (Newbee and Invictus Gaming). No teams have been invited from the South Americas and the South East Asia regions and will have to go through the regional qualifiers scheduled to be held from June 26 - 29, 2017.