Valve and Dota 2’s most important event of the year is about to begin! This event will feature the 16 strongest teams in the World battling for a prizepool of over 2.600.000$!
The first part of the event, the Wild Card Decider Match, the Solo Player Tournament and the Group Stages, will be played at the Valve headquarters in Seattle while the Main Event and the All-Star Match starting on the 7th of August will be played at the huge and glorious Benaroya Hall, the big Opera house in Seattle.
First up, where to watch!
- Live! – If you are one of the lucky ones and got a ticket to watch the entire show on the Benaroya Hall!
- Pubstomps – Watch the whole event with a group of friends and Dota fans in a place near you!
- The Dota2 Game Client – All games will be available to watch freely, as well as every single replay of any game you’ve missed
- Twitch.TV – Every single cast will be available on Twitch and you are also able to link your Steam account and be able to get tournament drops. If Twitch chat confuses you, here is a guide that you can follow.
Next up, the Solo Player Championship and the All-Star Match! The people have voted on their favorite players to participate in these matches and here they are! The first will be played during the 2nd of August with it’s Grand Final being played at the 8th of August, while the latter will be played at the 7th.
The Wild Card Decider Match between Quantic Gaming and RaTlLeSnAkE will be played on the 2nd of August and it will feature a best of 5 series in which the winning team will join the other 15 teams participating the big event while the losing team will just have to settle with watching the games. Just a bit of info about these 2 teams:
Quantic Gaming, formerly known as DD.Dota, is comprised of the Ukranian Captain Goblak, Russian Silent, and the French trio 7ckingmad, Sockshka, and Funzii. Every since their team came together, besides their 2nd place at the TI3 qualifiers, they’ve placed 4th in the Starladder Season 4 and they’ve placed 2nd at the Dreamhack Summer event in Sweden.
RaTlLeSnAkE is a full chinese squad comprised of the Captain Luo, Icy, Kabu, Sag and LaNm. Their only achievement since the team formed was their 2nd place at the TI3 Qualifiers.
Both teams have really unconventional game styles, with lots of surprise hero picks so it should be a very entertaining match!
After all of this is out of the way, the Prelims will begin! All 16 teams will be divided into 2 groups:
- Group A – Team DK, MUFC, Dignitas, LGD, Mouz, Na’Vi, Fnatic and Zenith
- Group B – Orange, iG, TongFu, Alliance, Virtus.Pro, LGD.Int, Team Liquid and the Wild Card Winner
The top 4 teams of each group will advance into the Winner’s Bracket in which in case of defeat, they will drop down to the Loser Bracket, while the bottom 4 will be seeded down directly to the Loser’s Bracket in which they will be eliminated in case they lose.
Full schedule of the matches is available here. As for who are these teams, here is a brief introduction to them (1 means the main carry, 2 is the solo mid, 3 is the usual offlaner, 4 is the jungler/secondary support and 5 is the primary support):
Last year’s The International 2 winners. They are:
- Chen “Zhou” Yao
- Luo “Ferrari_430” Feichi
- Jiang “YYF” Cen
- Wong Hock “Chuan”
- Zeng “Faith” Hongda (Captain)
They are Chinese with the exception of Chuan who is Malaysian. A team that has had some ups and downs since being crowned TI2 champions, iG has only won the World Cyber Games and the G-League Season2, placing below expectations in other tournaments.
It is known that the owner of iG is the second most richest man in all of China Wang Sicong, so the reasons for they performing under expectations can’t be because of the money.
Even when under-performing, iG is certainly one of the favorites in the competition due to their huge amount of skill and team work, and they will be wanting to hold the Aegis of Champions for the 2nd year in a row.
The first International winners and runners up in TI2. They are probably the team with the biggest fanbase. The team is comprised of:
- Aleksander “XBOCT” Dashkevich
- Danil “Dendi” Ishutin
- Gleb “Funn1k” Liptanikov
- Clement “Puppey” Ivanov (Captain)
- Kuro “Kuroky” Salehmi Takhasomi
Puppey and Kuroky are Estonian and German respectively while the other 3 are Ukrainian. One of the most versatile teams ever, not just in terms of unusual picks and drafts but also innovative in terms of strategies.
They’ve had their ups and downs in Dota 2, that has caused them to swap Artstyle for ARS-ART in 2012 and swap LightOfHeaven and ARS-ART for Funn1k and Kuroky in 2013.
These last tournaments already proved that the changes were for the better in which they’ve won Raidcall EMS Spring, The Alienware Cup, The Raidcall Season 2 and the Defense 4. Na’Vi is definitely another favorite to win the whole thing!
LGD have placed 3rd at TI2 and they are even more confident this year around. They are:
- Liu “Sylar” Jianjun
- Zhang “xiao8” Ning (Captain)
- Yao “Yao” Zhengzheng
- Leong “DDC” Fatmeng
- Xie “DD” Bin
They are all Chinese with the exception of DDC, who comes from Macao.
This big powerhouse of a team that has been undefeated at the group stages of TI2 has been famous for being the most disciplined team there is, while they might not exceed some of the other teams in some technical skill areas, they are the team that commits the least amount of mistakes.
Since TI2 they have been getting exceptional results, including a first place in The Asia and the first edition of the Redbull Cup as well as a 2nd place in The Alienware Cup and in the G-1 Champions League. Certainly another big name to add to the list of favorite teams!
Alliance is the western team that dominated the scene for most of 2013. They are:
- Jonathan “Loda” Berg
- Gustav “s4” Magnusson (Captain)
- Henrik “AdmiralBulldog” Anhberg
- Joakim “Akke” Akterhall
- Jerry “EGM” Lundkvist
The powerhouse team from the country of Sweden.
They are known for their consistent results and for the variety of heroes that their carry Loda can play, even if AdmirallBulldog’s hero pool is pretty much almost only his favorite Lone Druid, his Nature’s Prophet and a handful of other heroes.
Ever since this team has formed in December 2012, they have won over 120.000$, which roughly translates into a monthly 3.200$ for each player!
Their tournament record has been impeccable, including a first place at tournaments like the G-1 Champions League, The Premier League Season 4 AND Season 5, Dreamhack Winter AND Dreamhack Summer in Sweden and Starladder Season 6!
Alliance is certainly one of the strongest teams, they are hungry for the big first placed prize and online polls indicate fans think Alliance will win TI3.
DK was the 4th placed in TI2. They are the full Chinese squad comprised of:
- Zhi Lei “BurNing” Xu (Captain)
- Jun Hao “Super” Xie
- Fan “rOtk” Bai
- Yi “QQQ” Yao
- Zeng Rong ” MMY” Lei
In BurNing we trust was the motto of this team during the TI2 in which they used to employ a 4 protect 1 strategy and give BurNing a big carry hero like his signature Anti-Mage to carry the game.
Since then DK has evolved and no longer only relies on the 4 protect 1 and has been playing a wide array of heroes.
This is rumored to be the last tournament that the BurNing legend will play before his retirement from the pro scene so they will be wanting to make it one to remember. Their achievements include a 2nd place in both the World Cyber Games and also in the Dota 2 Super League.
Orange is the full Malaysian squad that finished TI2 in 5th/6th. They are:
- Chai Yee “Mushi” Fung (Captain)
- Kang Yang “Ky.xY” Lee
- Chong Xin “Ohaiyo” Khoo
- Wai Pern “Net” Lim
- Joel Chan “Xtinct” Zhan Leong
Ever since they reformed their roster after TI2, this team has enjoyed dominance in the whole South East Asian scene through the back of the “M-GOD” Mushi. Orange is known for its early game aggression and general game play style.
They’ve placed 1st in almost every major SEA tournament and their participation in the Chinese tournaments includes a 4th place in the Dota 2 Super League, a 5th place in The Alienware Cup and a 2nd place at the Redbull Championship.
They are looking to improve their standing from last International, and they certainly have the means to do it!
The remaining Chinese powerhouse who finished TI2 in 7th/8th and is comprised of:
- Chen Zhi “Hao” Hao (Captain)
- Zhang “Mu” Pan
- Zhou “KingJ” Yang
- Wang Zhao “SanSheng” Hui
- Wang “Banana” Jiao
Another team that suffered changes since the last TI2, but that also proved to change for the best. They sometimes employ single core strategies fully trusting in Hao and they can go from their to double, triple and even having 4 core heroes with a jungling Doom SanSheng.
Unlike last year where they had no achievements under their belt, this year they certainly have a huge title under their belt with their 1st place win at the Dota 2 Super League!
They are certainly looking stronger than ever before and will be looking into getting an even better result than last year!
The team from Singapore has placed 5th/6th at TI2 is now comprised of:
- Wei Pong “Yamateh” Ng
- Wai Hong “xy-” Toh
- Daryl “iceiceice” Koh (Captain)
- Nicholas “xFreedom” Lim
- Chee Chai “Ice” Chua
After TI2, this team has suffered a big amount of changes, with Loda going back to Sweden to join Alliance and hyhy giving up Dota 2 on a controversial move to earn more money playing League of Legends.
After adding the Malaysians Yamateh (who is a well known legend from Dota 1) and his buddy from the previous iteration of Orange, Ice, Zenith has been enjoying a portion of dominance of the South East Asian scene.
They are the only team that has ever employed the “no bans strat” thanks to iceiceice’s geniusness mixed together with a bit of trolling the opponents, and they’ve did it against powerhouses iG and Orange, and even won both of those games!
This team will look forward to repeat their previous TI2 results.
This North American squad has some players from the old Complexity team who placed 7th/8th at TI2. They are:
- Tyler “TC” Cook
- Steven “Korok” Ashworth
- Sam “Bulba” Sosale
- Brian “FLUFFNSTUFF” Lee (Captain)
- Michael “ixmike88” Ghannam
Even while being one of the top NA teams, Liquid has been struggling as of late and hasn’t been able to achieve the dominance that they had on their earlier days.
They have been known for raising heroes like Visage and Slark to competitive level but right now they lack the innovative backbone that they had a year ago in Complexity.
Their achievements include a 4th place in the Defense both Season 3 and Season5, and a 2nd place in The Premier League Season 4. The 7th/8th place they had at TI2 would be a nice goal for this team, if they manage to achieve it.
This European mixed squad has been enjoying some success in the Western scene and they are:
- Adrian “Era” Kryeziu (Sweden)
- Kai “H4nni” Hanbueckers (Germany)
- Kalle “Trixi” Saarinen (Finland)
- Johan “n0tail” Sundstein (Denmark)
- Tal “Fly” Aizik (Israel) (Captain)
This is a team that is famous for playing Meepo, and also for popularizing the infamous “rat dota” with the Shadow Blade Nature’s Prophet.
Some of their achievements include a 1st place in the Thor Open, a 3rd place at Starladder Season 4, a 2nd place at the Defense Season 3 and a 2nd place at Starladder Season 5. They might be able to finish in the money spots, but their chances aren’t very high.
This is a team that got picked up right after TI2 by the LGD organization and they have been in the LGD house in China ever since. It’s players are:
- Per Anders “Pajkatt” Olsson Lille (Sweden)
- Sergey “G” Bragin (Russia)
- Braxton “Brax” Paulson (USA)
- Rasmus “Misery” Filipsen (Denmark)
- Theeban “1437” Siva (Canada)
Many people have been questioning this team’s performance. During their initial time they’ve enjoyed some success, even managing to go all the way to the Grand Finals of the G-League Season 2, in which they lost to iG and that is basically it.
They’ve struggled a lot against all the other powerhouse teams ever since that tournament, they even failed to go past the group stages of the Redbull Tournament.
Because all of these players are very skilled and talented, many people are saying they have been hiding their true power. Whether this is the case or not, this team is surely going to want to prove a lot of people wrong.
The other North American powerhouse, Dignitas is comprised of:
- Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling
- JingJun “Sneyking” Wu
- Saahil “Universe” Arora
- Ioannis “Fogged” Loucas (Captain)
- Peter “waytosexy” Nguyen
This is a team that relies on the early aggression of Sneyking, especially when he plays his trademark Templar Assassin. Like Liquid, they have been struggling as of late and their performance isn’t that impressive as before.
Their achievements include a 3rd place at the Defense 3 and a 3rd place at Dreamhack Summer.Like Liquid, they have the home advantage by playing at Seattle but from that to being able to get to the top 8 is a long stretch.
As usual, there is a Russian presence in Dota2 and this time they are:
- Ilya “Airman/Illidan” Pevcaev
- Oleg “Crazy” Kolesnichenko
- Sergey “KSi” Kuzin
- Yaroslav “NS” Kuznetsov (Captain)
- Sergey “ARS-ART” Revin
VP employs the traditional overly aggressive Russian Dota, which can sometimes overwhelm unprepared opponents. Airman himself was the player that popularized Gyrocopter and made him a stable pick in the current draft among other teams.
Their achievements include a 1st place in the Defense 3, a 3rd place in Starladder Season 5 and Season 6 and a 3rd place in the Premier League Season 3. They certainly have some potential, but not a team that many people will bet their rares on.
The other Malaysian sensation. They have been reformed under the leadership of Winter and they are:
- Jun Liong “dabeliuteef” Loh
- Cheng Hor “FZFZ” Siew
- Daniel Wong “TooFckingGood” Wei Khit
- Woi Cheong “Ling” Sim
- Litt-Binn “Winter” Chan (Captain)
Even though Winter was a professional Chess player before becoming a Dota2 player, MUFC doesn’t play a fixed strategy. While they don’t have a lot of games under their belt with this new roster, they still have won some tournaments, most notably the Armageddon Dota 2 Grand Slam.
It’s a case where we need to see the results of these player’s bootcamp before trying to evaluate their potential.
Winners of the Western Qualifier, here is the German + SyndereN squad:
- Dominik “Black” Reitmeier
- Adrian “FATA” Trinks
- Max “qoqjva” Broecker
- Pascal “paS” Lohmeier
- Troels “SyndereN” Nielsen (Captain)
While this team had only Black plus unknown players, they have certainly proven themselves among the top teams when Synderen’s drafting and tactical mind was added to the team.
Since then, this team has had a lot of success which culminated with their victory at the Western Qualifier, as well as a 1st place on the EMS Raidcall in Poland and even a 2nd place in The Premier League Season 5.
This team has moved away from the motto “in Black we trust” and now plays a wide array of strategies. While they do show a lot of potential, it is still uncertain whether they can reach the top 8 for a bite of the prize pool.
And this is it folks, all the teams are introduced and in Seattle ready to play for these next 2 weeks which will definitely make gaming history!