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Your survival guide to The International 2017

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We all have responsibilities, things to do and I’m guessing many gamers, especially those that can afford the Battle Pass, has some kind of job. Well, the thing is, it is time for The International 2017, so for some, that is the most important thing going on right now. Until 12 August when a team lifts the Aegis of Champions, I will be covering the tournament and everything awesome that happens in it.  

From watching The International live and covering it for many years, I’ve put together a list of things that, in my opinion, Dota 2 fans should do to make the experience as rewarding as possible. Check out my survival guide to The International 2017, featuring things I think Dota 2 fans should do each day and before the tournament kicks off today at 17:30 South African time.

Bonus tip: Gabe “GabeN” Newell should make an appearance at The International’s opening ceremony, so don’t miss out. There might even be a new hero announcement.

Get your friends together

If you know anyone well who enjoys Dota 2 as much as you do, try to organize a get together for the tournament, because nothing is better than watching The International with other Dota 2 fans. The joy of witnessing some of the amazing plays professional teams will be making and discussing said plays with friends is one of, if not the greatest, feeling for esports spectators.

An experience will a large group of fans could be something you will never forget and, in my experience, it will be talked about for years to come. But what if you don’t have any friends who enjoy Dota 2? Well, then discuss the matches with us or with the Dota 2 South Africa community on Facebook. Talk about the things you found most exciting, ask questions and maybe make some new friends in the process!

Food for thought

Food and drink are something that I have, in the past, completely forgotten about when watching The International, because of the excitement and not wanting to miss a second of the action. I suggest not eating too many fatty foods or too much at once, but rather something light, because fatty foods can make you sleepy. Sure, this might sound a bit lame, but I prefer popcorn when watching the tournament, especially the first few matchups of the night.

Further, avoid taking one energy drink, because when it works out, you might start feeling even more tired. Whatever you decide to eat, remember to get your food beforehand. There is nothing more frustrating than having to drive to go get food and thereby missing out on an epic moment in The International.

Get those predictions and fantasy rosters in

Let’s get straight to the point here: South African Battle Pass owners have until 16:00 local time to get their tournament predictions in. Further, you have until 18:00 local time to lock in your fantasy team rosters for Day One. Lastly, you have until 21:00 tomorrow to cast your final votes between Pudge or Rubick for the next Arcana.

These predictions are important if you want some more Battle Points to level up that Battle Pass. You can gain quite a few levels if your predictions turn out to be accurate. My favourite part about the Battle Pass is the Fantasy Roster predictions, as you can compete on both global and friend leader boards. If you end in the top 10%, like I did last year, then you can earn yourself a whopping 16000 Battle Points.

Check out my fantasy team for Day One of the group stage and be sure to set your fantasy team up for each day, as the rosters get locked at 18:00 every day.

Tell your significant other

It is a bit late now, but you should still tell your significant other, if you have one, about The International and what it means to you. Years ago, I didn’t share that information and it turns out, the person would have loved to be part of the experience.

Sharing the experience with someone you have feelings for and being there when they start showing interest in the game you love is, simply put, glorious. Now I know not everyone will accept our love for Dota 2, but at the very least, you tried, right?

Plan your time

Not everyone has the option to watch all the matches live, but some of us definitely do. However, if you only have a specific amount of time available, check out the day’s schedule and plan ahead. The International and plan which matchups you really don’t want to miss. Some matchups, especially in the group stages, should be awesome, but others, from teams that you don’t care about, might be worth letting go.  

Keep in mind that you could watch the matches you miss each day on the official Dota 2 YouTube channel, on in-game via replays. Even if you aren’t a hardcore fan, or completely new to Dota 2, I suggest you give watching The International a shot. For those new to the game, you can check out the Newcomer Stream. Further, if you don't want to (or can't) stream the matches, you can always watch it via GINX on DStv Channel 240, according to this post as pointed out a helpful reader.

There is one more thing I didn’t add in my list of five things you need to do. If you are new to Dota 2 or don’t know the history of The International, then take some time today and educate yourself by checking out the Dota 2 video archives. Below, you can check out my favourite one.

Spoiler alert: The video might make some fans salty.

How are you preparing for The International 2017 and is there something extra you think everyone should do before and during the tournament? Let us know in the comment section below.

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