The International 10 tie-breaker rules
Valve introduced the tie-breaker rules for the group stage. Teams have 2 variants of tie-breaks: with BO3 and BO1 matches.
There will be a tie-break between the teams in 2 cases: a dispute for advancing to the upper or lower brackets. The tie-break will be if the teams have equal points. In the case of 2 teams disputing the position, they will have to play a BO3 match. If there are 3 or more teams, the participants will play according to a round-robin system with BO1 matches.
In cases where the tie-break won't affect the upper or lower bracket, but the teams will dispute for the highest position, there will be a multi-factor comparison:
- Head to head result between the tied teams.
- Results against lower seeded teams (from directly below till last place).
- If a tie can not be broken along the way, the process is restarted (back to head-to-head result).
- Coin toss.
The group stage of The International 10 ends today. After that, 16 teams will make the playoffs, 8 teams to the upper bracket and 8 to lower. The 2 worst teams of the group stage will leave the tournament, taking 17th-18th place.