The International

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

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
Germany Cologne, Germany Ukraine Natus Vincere
3-1 China EHOME
Singapore Scythe Gaming
Denmark MeetYourMakers
United States Seattle, United States China Invictus Gaming
3-1 Ukraine Natus Vincere
China LGD Gaming
China DK
16 (32)
United States Seattle, United States Sweden The Alliance
3-2 Ukraine Natus Vincere
Malaysia Orange Esports
China TongFu
16 (32)
United States Seattle, United States China Newbee
3-1 China Vici Gaming
United States Evil Geniuses
China DK
16 (32)
United States Seattle, United States United States Evil Geniuses
3-1 China CDEC Gaming
  • China Agressif

  • China Shiki

  • China Xz

  • China Garder

  • China Q

China LGD Gaming
China Vici Gaming

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 TBD
2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
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Frankfurt 2015
Shanghai 2016
Manila 2016