The International

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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.

2016[edit | edit source]

The International 2016 held in KeyArena again, taking place August 2nd through the 13th in Seattle.

2017[edit | edit source]

The International 2017 held in KeyArena again, taking place August 7th through the 12th in Seattle.

Results[edit | edit source]

Year Location Winners Score Runners-up Third place Fourth place Number of teams
2011
Details
Germany Cologne, Germany UkraineTeam icon Natus Vincere.png Natus Vincere 3-1 ChinaTeam icon EHOME.png EHOME
SingaporeTeam icon Scythe Gaming.png Scythe Gaming
DenmarkTeam icon MeetYourMakers.png MeetYourMakers 16
2012
Details
United States Seattle, United States ChinaTeam icon Invictus Gaming.png Invictus Gaming 3-1 UkraineTeam icon Natus Vincere.png Natus Vincere ChinaTeam icon LGD Gaming.png LGD Gaming
ChinaTeam icon Team DK.png Team DK 16
2013
Details
United States Seattle, United States SwedenTeam icon Alliance.png Alliance 3-2 UkraineTeam icon Natus Vincere.png Natus Vincere MalaysiaTeam icon Orange Esports.png Orange Esports
ChinaTeam icon TongFu.png TongFu
16
2014
Details
United States Seattle, United States ChinaTeam icon NewBee.png Newbee
3-1 ChinaTeam icon Vici Gaming.png Vici Gaming United StatesTeam icon Evil Geniuses.png Evil Geniuses ChinaTeam icon Team DK.png Team DK 16
2015
Details
United States Seattle, United States United StatesTeam icon Evil Geniuses.png Evil Geniuses 3-1 ChinaTeam icon CDEC Gaming.png CDEC Gaming
ChinaTeam icon LGD Gaming.png LGD Gaming
ChinaTeam icon Vici Gaming.png Vici Gaming 16
2016
Details
United States Seattle, United States ChinaTeam icon Wings Gaming.png Wings Gaming 3-1 United StatesTeam icon Digital Chaos.png Digital Chaos United StatesTeam icon Evil Geniuses.png Evil Geniuses MalaysiaTeam icon Fnatic.png Fnatic 16