Popularly known as TI, The International still gets a lot of 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 raise the aegis of championships. For more information on Dota 2, international history, teams that have won, and prize pools, read on.
The teams that have won the Internacional over the years
Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see the teams that have won the international tournaments from 2011 to date.
Winner of The International 2011: Natus Vincere
The 2011 International tournament took place in Cologne, Germany. Natus Vincere won the match after defeating EHOME 3-1. The team walked away with a grand prize of $1,000,000 as the prize pool was $1,600,000. Clement Ivanov, the Dota 2 professional veteran, commonly known as “puppy”, is one of the players who played at Natus Vincere back in 2011.
Winner of The International 2012: Invictus Gaming
With the tournament held in Seattle, Washington, Invictus Gaming battled it out against Natus Vincere and came out the winner with a resounding 3-1 victory. The prize pool for The International 2012 tournament was $1,600,000. Invictus Gaming served themselves justice by taking home a $1,000,000 grand prize after proving to their opponents, Natus Vincere, that they were a strong and well-prepared team.
Winner of The International 2013: Alliance
Alliance is the third team on the list that has won the 2013 International championship. During the tournament, Alliance was fighting with Na’Vi. Alliance did their best and defeated Na’Vi with the final score of 3-1. It was at that time that Dota 2 became so popular all over the world, all thanks to Alliance. The team took home a grand prize of $1,437,190 of the total tournament prize pool of $2,874,380.
Winner of The International 2014: Newbee
After the most exciting and heated Grand Final of 2013 which led to the rise in popularity of Dota 2 and The International, the tournament moved to KeyArena, Seattle, Washington. Newbee is said to have won against Vici Gaming with a score of 3-1. Newbee took home a grand prize of $5,025,029 of the tournament prize pool of $10,923,977.
Winner of The International 2015: Evil Geniuses
The fifth international tournament was held in Seattle, where Evil Geniuses and the Chinese team (CDEC Gaming) faced 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 total prize pool for this tournament was $18,429,613.
Winner of The International 2016: Wings Gaming
With the international tournament taking place at KeyArena for the third year in a row, Wings Gaming competed with TI6 with Digital Chaos. Wings Gaming gave their best and emerged victorious with an emphatic 3-1 win. Wing took home a grand prize of $9,139,002 from the $20,770,460 tournament prize pool, which appears to have increased from the previous year’s prize pool.
2017 International Winner: Team Liquid
With the change in the number of participating teams, the 2017 International was held in Seattle, where the Liquid team made it to the finals with Newbee. Team Liquid stole the show with a poignant win after sweeping Newbee 3-0. Liquid won a grand prize of $10,862,683 of the total tournament prize pool of $24,787,916.
The International 2018 Winner: OG
The International 2018 was held in Vancouver, where they showcased Valve’s new points-based system and decided which teams would move on to TI8. In Dota 2’s most famous Cinderella story, a completely underdog team, OG, defeated PSG.LGD and won a grand prize of $11,234,158 of the total prize pool of $25,532,177. Bookmakers placed OG at a 3 .7% chance of winning. In other words, whoever believed in the N0tail team and placed a dota 2 bet in OG he won his initial bet multiplied by 27 times.
The International 2019 Winner: OG
OG worked their magic by winning two championships in a row. Valve had no choice but to crown this team for their consecutive victory. The OG team played Liquid in the grand finals and won with a score of 3-1. The team was awarded a grand prize of $15,620,181 out of a whopping $34,330,068 prize pool.
The international winner 2021: team spirit
Due to the global Covid 19 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 final. The team received a grand prize of $18,208,300. The tournament prize pool for 2021 was $40,000,000 and thus became the largest prize pool in esports history.
Dota 2 International history is as discussed. Every team that has won in any match since the beginning has been rewarded with a big prize, and some victories remain indelible to this day.