The International

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The International
TI2012.png
Information
Location Flag Germany.png Cologne, Germany
Flag United States.png Seattle, United States
Prize Pool $1.6 million USD
Teams 16
Start date August
End date August/September
Links Website
Access

The International is an annual double-elimination LAN tournament hosted by Valve. 16 invited professional DotA teams fight for the title of best Dota 2 team. Winners of The International are awarded large sums of money raised by the community, as well as the Aegis of Champions.

As of 2015, The International now takes the place of the summer event in the Dota Major Championships.

Tournaments[edit | edit source]

2011[edit | edit source]

Valve announced The International in August 2011 as the first view on Dota 2. The tournament was held at Gamescom in Cologne. 16 invited teams were fighting for a total prize pool of $1.6 million. This gave the tournament the highest prize pool ever awarded to date.

2012[edit | edit source]

Unlike the previous tournament, Valve held The International 2012 by themselves in Benaroya Hall in Seattle with 14 teams invited and 2 chosen with qualifiers.

2013[edit | edit source]

Similar to the previous tournament in 2012, Valve held The International 2013 in Benaroya Hall in Seattle with 13 teams invited. 2 teams qualified and a wildcard match was held for the runner ups of the qualifiers.

2014[edit | edit source]

The International 2014 moves to KeyArena, taking place July 18th through the 21st in Seattle. There will be 11 teams invited directly as well as four Regional Qualifiers taking place May 12th through the 25th. The winner of each Qualifier will receive an invitation, with the four runner-ups competing in Seattle for the final spot.

2015[edit | edit source]

The International 2015 returns to KeyArena, taking place August 3rd through the 8th in Seattle.

Results[edit | edit source]

Year Location Winners Score Runners-up Third place Fourth place Number of teams
2011
Details
Flag Germany.png Cologne, Germany Flag Ukraine.png Natus Vincere
3-1 Flag China.png EHOME
Flag Singapore.png Scythe Gaming
Flag Denmark.png MeetYourMakers
16
2012
Details
Flag United States.png Seattle, United States Flag China.png Invictus Gaming
3-1 Flag Ukraine.png Natus Vincere
Flag China.png LGD Gaming
Flag China.png DK
16 (32)
2013
Details
Flag United States.png Seattle, United States Flag Sweden.png The Alliance
3-2 Flag Ukraine.png Natus Vincere
Flag Malaysia.png Orange Esports
Flag China.png TongFu
16 (32)
2014
Details
Flag United States.png Seattle, United States Flag China.png Newbee
3-1 Flag China.png Vici Gaming
Flag United States.png Evil Geniuses
Flag China.png DK
16 (32)
2015
Details
Flag United States.png Seattle, United States Flag United States.png Evil Geniuses
3-1 Flag China.png CDEC Gaming
  • Flag China.png Agressif

  • Flag China.png Shiki

  • Flag China.png Xz

  • Flag China.png Garder

  • Flag China.png Q

Flag China.png LGD Gaming
Flag China.png Vici Gaming
16


Dota Major Championships
TheInternationalSmall.png The International Majors
Team icon Natus Vincere.png Team icon Invictus Gaming.png Team icon Alliance.png Team icon NewBee.png Team icon Evil Geniuses.png
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
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Frankfurt 2015
(Fall)
Shanghai 2016
(Winter)
Manila 2016
(Spring)