Tomorrow marks the last day for The International 5 Dota 2 Championship, and with a prize pool of about $18,262,353, with $6,574,447 going to the winner, e-sports may soon become more appealing to the average Joe-gamer. In this post, we cover this international DOTA championship in greater detail. Be warned, the following article on the DOTA championship will feature match spoilers, so if you’re saving those streamed episodes for this weekend, you better bookmark this for a later read.
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The International 5 Dota 2 Championship is hosted by Valve at Key Arena, in Seattle, with more than 10,000 fans from across the world coming together in this massive geek fest. The Doto bonanza spans across a 2 week period with the first 5 days aimed at playoffs, followed by a small break, and then a 6 day main event, climaxing with a small award show for the winning team.
There are 18 teams competing for the Aegis Shield, with 10 of them being invited to the championship, 4 have qualified for the tournament, and other 4 are wildcards.
- Newbee – Invited
- Team Secret – Invited
- Evil Geniuses – Invited
- Vici Gaming – Invited
- Fnatic – Invited
- Invictus Gaming – Invited
- Team Empire – Invited
- LGD Gaming – Invited
- Cloud 9 – Invited
- Virtus.Pro – Invited
- Natus Vincere – EU Qualifier
- compLexity Gaming – NA Qualifier
- MVP.hot6ix – SEA Qualifier
- EHOME – CN Qualifier
- Vega Squadron – EU Wildcard
- Team Archon – NA Wildcard
- MVP.Phoenix – SEA Wildcard
- CDEC Gaming – CN Wildcard
The fourth day of the International 5 Dota Championship is underway at the current moment, but these past three days have been an emotional rollercoaster with giants falling, and newcomers making a stand.
Day one, and day one were filled with excitement, but day three and onward is where the gruesome fun stands.
Yesterday, on the third day of I5, we witnessed a slaughtering with CDEC completely obliterating LGD Gaming, winning with 2-0.
The match between compLexity Gaming, and Virtus Pro was a downwards spiral towards insanity. The first match was won by CLG, but just hardly. At the 18 minute mark, VP was ahead with a 18,000 net worth advantage, but CLG turned the tide, and at minute 50 they managed to stomp the enemy team, and win the game. Sadly for them, the second, and third match were won by VP with solid plays that shocked everyone – the second game ended with VP’s Lina at 15/6/11, and Dark Seer at 5/0/18.
TI5 second match took place between the 2012 champions Invictus Gaming, and Team Secret. IG took the reins of the first match, but their first blood was soon put to shame in the following stages where Team Secret just smashed them to pieces. The second game was won by Team Secret in just under 30 minutes, and the third one was like witnessing a child being beaten to the pulp by a steroid-addict 35 year old man.
These were the lower bracket matches for day three.
The first winner bracket series was a battle between LGD vs. CDEC. The first game was just a huge mess, with each team trying to take the bull by its horns, and failing miserably. LGD, and CDEC tried to take the lead, but neither were able to take fully advantage of the other one’s mistakes. When the timer clocked the first 26 minutes into the game, we saw CDEC take point, and capitalize on LGD’s series of bad decisions – they lost team fights, and they basically just gave away multiple kills, subsequently feeding CDEC.
LGD wasn’t able to compose themselves, and they stupidly lost the first, and second game.
LGD was banished to the lower brackets.
One of the most important matches of day 3 at The International 5 Dota 2 Championship was between EHOME and EG. Evil Geniuses were the crowd’s favorite, and you don’t even imagine how appalled, and shocked fans were after the first game ended with EHOME winning. Luckily for EG, the second, and third games were a walk in the park for them, and they managed to steal two wins, assuring their place for day 4.
Day four of The International 5 Dota 2 Championship is underway, and these are the following teams that will battle for a spot in the grand finale, which by the way is tomorrow.
MVP.Phoenix vs. Vici Gaming ended with a score of 0 – 2
Virtus.Pro vs. Team Secret ended with a score of 2 – 1
Vici Gaming vs. EHOME ended with a score of 2 – 0
The Lower Bracket 4B game one of three will start in about 3 hours as of publishing, and it will showcase a match between LGD Gaming, and Virtus.Pro
09.08.2015 – Update
EG HAVE DONE IT! What. A. Ride.
EG ARE TAKING HOME THE AEGIS OF IMMORTAL AND A $6,616,014 PRIZE!
WELL DONE EG!
Evil Geniuses has finally won its first International Dota 2 Championship, and old man Fear’s dream has finally become reality. But the championship finals were more exciting and unpredictable than anyone could have ever imagined. In the end, the International was a battle between the West and the East, between a wildcard dark horse, and America’s favourite team – EG.
Victory didn’t come as easily for team EG. The last remaining Western team had to face 3 formidable foes: VG, LGD and CDEC, all eager to snatch the Aegis of the Immortal. As a matter of fact, the team suffered a 2-0 loss to CDEC gaming just one day before the finals, and got knocked down into the loser brackets where it had to defeat LGD Gaming. EG have shown us that they truly have the heart of a champion, battling it out until the end. The final matches between CDEC and Evil Geniuses represented the epitome of professional dota. Both teams gave it their all, and tension could be felt from the drafting stages, all the way to the moment when the thrones were destroyed.
The International 2015’s series were closed with wonder-boy SumaiL’s magical Storm Spirit who sent the crowd into a frenzy. But there was one moment during the fourth game that had viewers holding on to their seats. Yes, we are talking about EG’s massive 4-man wipe with the Ice Blast & Echo Slam combo in the Roshan Pit. Finally, Aui_2000’s curse of always placing second was lifted, and EG took home the prize they’ve been yearning for since they embarked on this long journey.
CDEC GAMING TAKES HOME 2ND PRIZE & $2,848,561
CDEC also had an amazing run. An unknown team that emerged out of nowhere during the wildcard stages and remained undefeated until the final games in the key arena, CDEC gaming will be taking home a whopping $2,848,561. Even if they couldn’t muster the strength to defeat EG in the end, CDEC promised they’ll be back. We are happy to see such a strong team of young-players joining the ranks of professional DOTA, and we are confident that they’ll be back stronger and better.
LGD GAMING SECURES 3d PLACE & $2,205,338
To be honest, nobody was surprised by LGD’s third-place in the tournament. The experimented team is infamous for its stable drafting patterns, exceptional players such as Sylar, Yao and mystery addition Maybe, and strong plays.
VICI GAMING WINS 4th PLACE & 1,562,114
5th & 6th place: EHOME and Virtus Pro (with $1,194,558)
7th & 8th place: MVP Phoenix & Team Secret (with $827,001)
9th-12th places: Team Empire, Cloud9, compLexity Gaming, Invictus Gaming (with $220,553)
13th-16th places: Fnatic, Natus Vincere, Newbee, MVP HOT6 (with $55,133)
Have any favorites? Who do you think is going to with The International 5 Dota 2 Championship? Tell us in the comments section below!