The Road to The International 11: The Filipino Gamer’s Travel Guide
For the first time ever, the International will be held in Southeast Asia
As a country that enjoys gaming, here’s something Pinoys can look forward to in October: gamers are in for a major treat as the International 11 (or TI11) is set to take place in Singapore this year, making its first-ever stop in the region.
This is set to bring together Southeast Asia’s diverse gaming community, where streamers and players alike are expected, and all-time favorite games like Dota 2 are spotlighted.
As one of the year’s biggest, most in-demand gaming events, TI11 tickets sold out in a matter of minutes last month. Passes to the event are no long available, unfortunately, but if you are one of the lucky few, are planning to attend the highly-anticipated eSport event, and have your tickets ready, here’s everything you need to know ahead of the festivities:
The Road to The International 11
Coming from the International 10 in Romania, 2022 marks the first time the event will be held in Southeast Asia. TI11 in Singapore will be one of the longest eSports events, running from October 8 to 30, 2022. As such, it will be divided into four phases:
Last Chance Qualifiers (October 8–12)
Group Stage (October 15–18)
Playoffs (October 20–23)
The Finals (October 29–30)
The Last Chance Qualifiers will feature second and third place teams from all the six TI11 Regional Qualifiers, and the top two teams will proceed to the Group Stage. 20 teams will battle in the Group Stage for spots in the Playoffs, where the competition is expected to switch into higher gear. Lastly, the qualifying teams will head to the Finals and fight it out for the Aegis of Champions.
The Playoffs and Finals are set to take place at Suntec Singapore and Singapore Indoor Stadium, respectively. With the DPC season coming to an end, the International 11 participants are as follows:
Direct Invite via DPC points:
OG (Western Europe)
Team Spirit (Eastern Europe)
Beastcoast (South America)
Team Aster (China)
Thunder Awaken (South America)
BOOM Esports (Southeast Asia)
TSM (North America)
Tundra Esports (Western Europe)
Gaimin Gladiators (Western Europe)
Evil Geniuses (North America)
Fnatic (Southeast Asia)
Winners of TI Qualifiers:
BetBoom (Eastern Europe)
Entity (Western Europe)
Hokori (South America)
Soniqs (North America)
Talon ESports (South East Asia)
Royal Never Give Up (China)
Last Chance Qualifiers Participants:
Nouns (North America)
Wildcard Gaming (North America)
Infamous (South America)
Tempest (South America)
Team Secret (Western Europe)
Team Liquid (Western Europe)
Outsiders (Eastern Europe)
Navi (Eastern Europe)
Xtreme Gaming (China)
Vici Gaming (China)
Polaris Esports (South East Asia)
T1 (South East Asia)
The final list of tournament participants will be announced once the Last Chance Qualifiers have concluded. With only two slots left, which teams will make it to the grandest stage in Dota?
Singapore Travel Requirements
Singapore is one of the many visa-free countries Filipino can visit. But while travel restrictions to the country have eased, it’s important to remember that COVID-19 is still an ever-present threat. Fully vaccinated or not, the country has made a list of requirements that visitors need to submit.
Here are the primary documents you need to secure ahead of time:
SG arrival card
Entry permission (for non-vaccinated travelers)
Fully vaccinated visitors must upload their vaccination certificates via the Vaccination Check Portal. Three days prior to arrival, visitors will also need to submit an SG arrival card and e-health declaration through the official e-service on the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority website (ICA).
While non-fully vaccinated visitors are generally not granted entry to Singapore, they can still go, provided they obtain entry permission and submit this via the ICA website. A PCR or Antigen test is also required two days before departing.
Got any more concerns? Check out the official Visit Singapore page for more details on other travel requirements.
Quick Travel Tips
The main event is obviously TI11, but why not make the most out of your time in Singapore? Here are some useful tips to help you maximize your trip.
Look for hawker centers near you
Be it Hainanese Chicken Rice or Chili Crab, eating through Singapore is one of the best ways to enjoy here.
Use public transportation
Singapore’s public transportation system is one of the most efficient in the world. MRTs are fast, widely available, and can get you to any desired location. Getting a Singapore Tourist Pass can also help you save money, allowing unlimited travel depending on its validity.
Pack appropriate clothing
Singapore experiences more or less the same weather as the Philippines. Temperamental weather conditions can range from heavy rains to scorching hot periods, so be thoughtful when it comes to the clothing you pack.
Get Set to Witness The Biggest Event in eSports
Now that the biggest event in eSports is set in Southeast Asia, Filipinos are about to witness the best Dota players in the world. In case you’re unable to attend TI11, though, make sure to subscribe to a reliable broadband plan so you don’t miss out on the action online.
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