Valve drops the groupings for TI12 just two days before the Group Stage begins. Find out all TI12 groups here!

The International 2023, TI12, groups are out! In an oddly last-minute announcement, Valve revealed the four groups for TI12. As per usual, groups aren't always balanced and there is a certain one that looks deadlier than the rest..

Group A

  • 9Pandas
  • Entity
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Team SMG
  • Team Spirit

Group B [Group of Death]

  • Azure Ray
  • BetBoom Team
  • Shopify Rebellion
  • Team Liquid
  • Thunder Awaken

Group C

  • beastcoast
  • Gaimin Gladiators
  • LGD Gaming
  • nouns

Group D

  • Quest Esports
  • Talon Esports
  • TSM
  • Tundra Esports
  • Vivo Keyd Stars

Who are the favorites of each group?

TI in general is always unpredictable. But it's always safe to assume that those who dominated the entire year would lead the way.

Team Spirit - favorites of Group A at TI12.<br>(Image via Gamers8)
Team Spirit - favorites of Group A at TI12.
(Image via Gamers8)

In Group A, the obvious favorites are Team Spirit. The young TI champions have been killing their Dota 2 performances recently, closing the DreamLeague Season 21 finals with a 3-0 against Shopify Rebellion. They also bagged a major victory at the $15 million Riyadh Masters prior to that win.

Team Liquid - favorites of Group B at TI12.<br>(Image via Gamers8
Team Liquid - favorites of Group B at TI12.
(Image via Gamers8

Group B is the group of death - featuring a stacked lineup which makes it difficult to predict. In Group B, there are strong teams that can take on each other and any result won't really be a total upset. Results-wise, the favorites of Group B fall to Team Liquid. They have been extremely consistent this year, only falling short during the grand finals.

Gaimin Gladiators - favorites of Group C at TI12.<br>(Image via Gaimin Gladiators)
Gaimin Gladiators - favorites of Group C at TI12.
(Image via Gaimin Gladiators)

There is no question for the next group. Group C is undoubtedly overwhelmed by Gaimin Gladiators' presence - the three-time Major champion of 2023. This Dota 2 giant has completely dominated the year and although they seem a little shaky going towards TI12, GG always performs when it matters.

Tundra Esports - favorites of Group D at TI12.<br>(Image via Tundra Esports)
Tundra Esports - favorites of Group D at TI12.
(Image via Tundra Esports)

And last but not least, Group D. Although a lot of eyes are locked on the newly partnered PSG Quest, the favorites of the group have to go to Tundra Esports. This is a lineup of TI champions and on top of that, they are now headlined by Topson, the two-time TI champion who is visibly hungry for another Aegis.

What is the TI12 Group Stage format?

TI12 sees an adjusted format that differs from the previous TIs. In Phase One of the Group Stage, we will see four groups with five teams each. Teams in each group will clash against each other in a BO2 series and the bottom team of each group will face elimination.

The remaining sixteen teams will then advance to Phase Two. This phase will pit teams to fight head-to-head in a BO3 series to determine the Main Bracket placement. No teams will be eliminated in Phase Two.

TI12 begins tomorrow on October 12th. Keep up with Dota 2 news and everything TI12 on!