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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.
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 was the highest prize pool ever awarded up to that point in time.
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.
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.
The International 2014 moved to KeyArena, taking place July 18th through the 21st in Seattle. There were 11 teams invited directly as well as four Regional Qualifiers taking place May 12th through the 25th. The winner of each Qualifier received an invitation, with the four runner-ups competing in Seattle for the final spot.
The International 2015 returned to KeyArena, taking place August 3rd through the 8th in Seattle.
The International 2016 was held in KeyArena again, taking place August 2nd through the 13th in Seattle.
The International 2017 is held in KeyArena again, taking place August 7th through the 12th in Seattle.
|Year||Location||Winners||Score||Runners-up||Third place||Fourth place||Number of teams|
|Cologne, Germany||Natus Vincere||3-1||EHOME||Scythe Gaming||MeetYourMakers||16|
|Seattle, United States||Invictus Gaming||3-1||Natus Vincere||LGD Gaming||Team DK||16|
|Seattle, United States||Alliance||3-2||Natus Vincere||Orange Esports||TongFu||16|
|Seattle, United States||Newbee||3-1||Vici Gaming||Evil Geniuses||Team DK||16|
|Seattle, United States||Evil Geniuses||3-1|| CDEC Gaming
||LGD Gaming||Vici Gaming||16|
|Seattle, United States||Wings Gaming||3-1||Digital Chaos||Evil Geniuses||Fnatic||16|
|Seattle, United States||Team Liquid||3-0||Newbee||LGD.Forever Young||LGD Gaming||18|