Since June, hundreds of Dota 2 teams have competed at The International, the game’s most prestigious tournament. As of today, only three remain. Tonight, one team will take home over eight million dollars.
This year’s International went from being a foregone conclusion after Europe’s OG dominated the scene for most of the year, to one of the most exciting events in Dota history as champions fell, favorites went home, and one of the game’s greatest matches in the game’s history played out before our eyes.
Today will feature only two matches. Wings Gaming, who thwarted American hope Evil Geniuses in a surprising rout, awaits the winner of the match between American/European combo Digital Chaos or Evil Geniuses. The first match will be a first-to-three, while the final match will be a best-of-five.
The tournament will begin streaming at 10am PST. Match times vary depending on the length and number of matches. You can watch the tournament here.
All three teams have great stories behind them. Evil Geniuses must defend its belt and prove the North American Dota scene is still viable. Digital Chaos is seen as a team of leftovers and rejects from other teams. Wings Gaming has proven Chinese Dota is still alive and well after the scene seemed to have floundered in the early part of the year. I’m rooting hardest for Evil Geniuses, but I’m fine with any of the three taking home the Aegis trophy.