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Dota 2 The International Over The Years



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Popularly known as the TI, The International still gets a real buzz as the most eminent Esports tournament on the Dota Pro Circuit. The tournament is organized by Valve and has been running since 2011, before the release of Dota 2.

Over the years, the International has grown monetarily, and eight teams have emerged to lift the Vaunted Aegis of championships. To learn more about Dota 2, the International history, the teams that have won and the prize pools, continue reading.

The Teams That Have Won The International Over The Years

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see the teams that have won the International tournaments since 2011 to date.

The International 2011 Winner: Natus Vincere

The International 2011 tournament took place in Cologne, Germany. Natus Vincere won the match after defeating EHOME 3-1. The team walked away with a $1,000,000 grand prize as the prize pool was $1,600,000. Clement Ivanov, the professional Dota 2 veteran, commonly known as “Puppey”, is one of the players that played for Natus Vincere back in 2011.

The International 2012 Winner: Invictus Gaming

With the tournament held in Seattle, Washington, Invictus Gaming battled against Natus Vincere and emerged winners with a commanding victory of 3-1. The prize pool for The International 2012 tournament was $1,600,000. Invictus Gaming did themselves justice by taking home a grand prize of $1,000,000 after proving to their opponents Natus Vincere that they were a strong and well-braced team.

The International 2013 Winner: Alliance

Alliance is the third team on the list to have won the International 2013 championship. During the tournament, Alliance was battling with Na’Vi. Alliance did their best and defeated Na’Vi with the final result of 3-1. It was at this time that Dota 2 became so popular all over the world, all thanks to Alliance. The team took with it home a grand prize of $1,437,190 from the tournament’s pool prize of $2,874,380.

The International 2014 Winner: Newbee

After the most thrilling and heated grand final match in 2013 that led to Dota 2’s and The International increase in popularity, the tournament was moved to KeyArena, Seattle, Washington. Newbee is said to have won against Vici Gaming with a 3-1 score. Newbee pocketed a grand prize of $5,025,029 from the tournament’s pool prize of $10,923,977.

The International 2015 Winner: Evil Geniuses

The International fifth tournament was held in Seattle, where Evil Geniuses and the Chinese Squad (CDEC Gaming) played against each other. Evil Geniuses emerged as the winner with a score of 3, while CDEC Gaming had a score of 1. The grand prize won by Evil Geniuses was $6,634,661, and the pool prize for this tournament was $18,429,613.

The International 2016 Winner: Wings Gaming

With the International tournament being held at KeyArena for the third year in a row, TI6 had Wings Gaming competing with Digital Chaos. Wings Gaming put their best foot forward and emerged victorious with a commanding win of 3-1. Wing took home a $9,139,002 grand prize from the tournament’s pool prize of $20,770,460 which seems to have increased from the previous year’s pool prize.

The international 2017 Winner: Team Liquid

With the change in the number of participating teams, the International 2017 was held in Seattle, where the Liquid team managed to be in the finals with Newbee. Team Liquid stole the show with a stirring win after sweeping Newbee 3-0. Liquid won a grand prize of $10,862,683 from the tournament pool prize of $24,787,916.

The International 2018 Winner: OG

The International 2018 was held in Vancouver, where they showcased Valve’s new point-based system and decided which teams would proceed to TI8. In the most famous Dota 2 Cinderella story, a complete underdog team OG defeated PSG.LGD and won a grand prize of $11,234,158 from the pool prize of $25,532,177. The bookmakers had OG placed at 3,7% chance of winning. In other words, whoever believed in N0tail’s team and placed a Dota 2 bet on OG won their initial stake multiplied by 27 times.

The International 2019 Winner: OG

OG did its magic by winning two championships in a row. Valve had no choice but to crown this team for its back-to-back victory. The OG team played with Liquid in the grand final and won with a score of 3-1. The team received a grand prize of $15,620,181 from a massive prize pool of $34,330,068.

The international 2021 Winner: Team Spirit

Due to the Covid 19 Global pandemic, The International took a break in 2020 and resumed in 2021. The tournament was held in Bucharest, where Team Spirit won the Aegis of the immortal after defeating PSG.LG in the finals. The team was awarded an $18,208,300 grand prize. The tournament pool prize for 2021 was $40,000,000 and thus became the largest pool prize in esports history.


Dota 2 The International history is as discussed. Every team that has won in any match since the beginning has been rewarded a grand prize, and some wins remain indelible to date.

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Game Changers and Guild X broke records in Berlin



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Guild Esports, a global esports team organisation, took sixth place overall with team Guild X in the inaugural VALORANT Game Changers Championship, held in Berlin (15-20 November).

Following a year of intense regional competition, the world’s most elite Game Changers squads went head-to-head in person, for the first time ever, to crown a global champion in Germany. Bringing together the best teams from North America, Brazil, EMEA, APAC, LATAM and East Asia, G2 Esports won the Grand Final to lift the coveted championship trophy.

Supporting women in gaming is a key part of Guild’s strategy within the sporting community, aligning with the aims of Game Changers to create new opportunities and exposure for women and other marginalised genders within VALORANT esports.

The tournament in Berlin, with over 150,000 viewers* tuning in, demonstrates how women in gaming and teams such as Guild X are not just changing the game but also breaking records. According to Esports Charts, Game Changers has become the most-watched tournament for women’s esports.

On Sunday, Guild also hosted a watch party at the Sky Guild Gaming Centre in Shoreditch with talent Elz the Witch, Iain Chambers plus other influencers such as Megsoundslikeegg and Geo Collins in attendance. Even though Guild X was not in the Grand Final, Guild, along with its supporting partners Sky and Subway, wanted to offer a safe space for VALORANT fans to watch the finale, especially women and marginalised gender fans.

Jasmine Skee, Chief Marketing Officer at Guild Esports, said: “Our vision at Guild is to lead the way in supporting the future of women in gaming, and we are committed to equal opportunities for our Guild X players. The Game Changers Championship in Berlin was a hugely successful event and we are extremely proud as an organisation to have been a part of it. Congratulations to all at G2 Esports on their victory in such a milestone event for the esports industry. With the announcement of the new Game Changers format, we’re excited to watch our Guild X team, and the wider women esports industry, grow.”

Guild X has been confirmed this week as automatic top-tier qualifiers for the VALORANT Game Changers EMEA 2023 competition, with relegation rules now being in place as part of the new format changes announced. The Game Changers tournament will continue to break down stereotypes, elevate women and allow them to further their careers in a dedicated safe space, and provide a platform for professional growth both in and outside of the game – all actions that are completely aligned with Guild’s strategy moving into 2023 and beyond.

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Inter Esports Partners with Mkers



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Inter Esports, the eSports division of Italian football team Football Club Internazionale Milano, is continuing to strengthen its international and online presence in the world of eSports. After the start of the partnership with the Club’s Global Football Videogame Partner KONAMI, the Nerazzurri have now announced a new collaboration with Mkers, the largest eSports agency in Italy and one of the biggest in the world. It is also the only Italian company active in the sector. The 2022/23 season will see the Nerazzurri taking part in KONAMI trophies, both domestic and international with a new squad of Pro Players. The team will reveal their new roster on Sunday 27 November on the main stage of the eSports Arena at Milan Games Week & Cartoomics, during the event organised by KONAMI.

“Working with a leading firm in gaming such as Mkers allows our Club to further develop the eSports project, which is of great strategic importance to Inter in terms of continuing to innovate and connect with the younger generations around the world,” Alessandro Antonello, CEO of FC Internazionale Milano, said.

“This is a massive collaboration for Mkers, which is a clear signal of our growth until now. It’s another chance for us to expand our reach abroad. We will work hard to show that we are worthy of the trust shown to us,” said Paolo Cisaria, Managing Director Mkers Spa.

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World Esports Championship: CS:GO team to kick off India’s campaign on December 2



World Esports Championship: CS:GO team to kick off India’s campaign on December 2
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The Indian CS:GO team will be leading the country’s charge at the IESF’s 14th World Esports Championship as they take on Tajikistan in their opener on December 2.

A team, comprising of skipper Ritesh Sarda (Defaulter), Shuvajyoti Chakraborty (Mcg1LLzZz), Anshul Adarkar (KiiLSwitCh), Hrishikesh Shenoy (Crazy_Gamer) and Harsh Jain (lynX) has been placed in the Group C along with Tajikistan, Team IESF and Chile. After their eighth-place finish in the last edition of the tournament held in Eilat, Israel, the team will be determined to clinch a podium finish this time around.

Team India CS:GO captain Ritesh Sarda said “It’s been a great honour to represent India back-to-back in the WEC. We as a team are excited and prepared to play in the upcoming WEC starting next week in Bali. The world finals is going to be a huge spectacle. With the right mentality and proper grind, we have high hopes for the tournament and will try to bring the laurels to the country.”

Organised by International Esports Federation (IESF), the upcoming 14th World Esports Championship will witness the participation of top athletes from over 120 countries, competing in six different Esports titles—CS:GO, Dota 2, Tekken 7, eFootball as well as debutants PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Bang. With a massive prize pool of USD 500K (INR 4 crores approximately) up for grabs, the tournament will be conducted in Bali from December 1 to 12. Team India consists of the same athletes which represented India at the last World Esports Championship in Eilat and had won the National Qualifiers (NESC2022).

Besides CS:GO, India will also participate in the Tekken 7 and eFootball titles.

“This is another great opportunity post the Commonwealth Esports Championship for India’s esports athletes to prove their metal. With Olympics also announcing “Olympic Esports Week”, esports is inching towards its Woodstock moment; and medals in events like CEC, WEC will help in establishing India as a dominant-esports powerhouse’ globally. This set of our athletes have great potential and we are confident that they will give a tough challenge to the world’s best and emerge victorious and make our glorious nation proud. I wish them all the very best and look forward to see them triumph in their respective titles” said Yugal Kishore Sharma, Director of Esports Federation of India.

Hitesh Khorwal (Rcool) and Hemanth Kommu (Peshemak7) will represent India in the Tekken 7 and eFootball titles respectively.

Khorwal will battle it out against athletes from Pakistan, Bahamas, Venezuela and Palestine in the Group E and will be beginning his challenge against Lucius Antoine of the Bahamas on December 3.

The Indian’s clash against Arslan Siddique of Pakistan on the same day following his opening game will be one to watch out for. Arslan has won the VSFighting X, Dreamhack 2022 and Combo Breaker 2022 titles earlier this year.

I am really glad that I will be representing India in WEC this year, this feeling is adorable and I can’t explain my emotions. WEC is always an arduous task for Tekken participants since our scene has progressed tremendously well and reached a new zenith. So it’s a moment to cherish for me. It creates a perfect scenery of success for me after putting my blood and sweat into this game. This time I am more devised for the WEC. As a mountain to climb it already is, I feel confident as well as prepared for this. It’s a great opportunity to prove my mettle against the literal virtuosos of the title and my body, soul and mind, is ready for it. Bring it on, Bali!” Hitesh expressed his excitement ahead of the World Championship Finals.

Kommu, on the other hand, will be competing against athletes from Kazakhstan, Armenia and Guinea in Group P. He will play his first match against Cheick Conde of Guinea on December 3.

“It’s an amazing feeling and honour to represent our country at the 14th WEC. It’s a huge opportunity for me to play at such a big event with the top players from different countries competing. I’m confident with my grind and will try my best to get the best results in the tournament and want to bring some glory from it back home.” Hemanth said while expressing his thoughts on getting the opportunity to represent India in the world finals.

The group stage games for Tekken 7 will be contested in the best-of-three format and for CS:GO it will be in the best-of-one.

Following the conclusion of the group stage, the Top-2 teams from each group will progress into the next round in the CS:GO and Tekken 7 titles while for eFootball only the top team of the group will qualify for the next stage.

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