The International, which started way back in 2011, is now part of “The Majors”. The Majors are Valve-sponsored tournaments which are held annually. Initially, The International was the only and most awaited tournament each year by professional Dota 2 players and fans from around the world before the Spring, Autumn, and Fall (Frankfurt Major) tournaments came into being.
The International offers the biggest prize pool among all other tournaments and features special items/merchandise which are only available to compendium owners or those who purchased tickets to watch the tournament live.
The International 2015
The International 2015 or “TI5”, is the 5th series of the tournament. The Main Event was held at the KeyArena in Seattle last August. The Main Event featured 16 teams in the finals, unlike The International 2014, which featured only 8.
The initial prize pool of the tournament was only $1,600,000.00, with an additional 25% sales from TI5 Compendiums which was added to the total prize pool. The overall prize pool for The International 2015 reached $18,429,613, and was the highest amount ever earned compared to all of the past Internationals.
Open Qualifiers were held last May 16-17, 2015. Any officially registered team was able to enter and competed against other teams in single-elimination matches where the winner of each region grabbed the 10th slot which allowed them to participate in their respective Regional Qualifiers.
Qualifiers were held last May 25-June 1, 2015. There were 4 Regional Qualifiers and the winner of each region joined the invited teams in Seattle. The runner-up of each region was also invited, only to be given a 2nd chance and face off in the Wild Card.
The Wild Card, held last July 26, 2015, consisted of 4 teams (runners-up from the Regional Qualifiers) in a double-elimination bracket, where the top 2 teams grabbed the last 2 spots in the Group Stage.
The Group Stage, held last July 27-30, 2015, consisted of 2 groups of eight teams. Each team competed against all the other teams in their respective groups. The top 4 teams in each group advanced to the upper bracket of the Main event, while the bottom 4 teams in each group advanced to the lower bracket.
The Main Event was held last August 3-8, 2015. 16 teams went through a fierce competition and played in double-elimination matches. Best of 3 matches were played in the upper bracket, while in the lower bracket, teams only played a best of one match. Lastly, in the Grand Finals, the 2 teams played a best of 5 match.
The Top 16 Teams
The top 16 teams which had to battle it out at the KeyArena in Seattle consisted of 10 teams who have been directly invited to The International, 4 Regional Qualifiers winners and 2 Wild Card winners.
The Invited Teams
- Vici Gaming
- Evil Geniuses
- Team Secret
- Invictus Gaming
- LGD Gaming
- Team Empire
- Team Malaysia
- compLexity Gaming (Americas)
- EHOME (China)
- Natus Vincere (Europe)
- MVP.Hot6ix (Southeast Asia)
- CDEC Gaming
- MVP Phoenix
The 4 teams who were able to make it to the semi-finals were Evil Geniuses, CDEC Gaming, LGD Gaming and Vici Gaming. The semi-finals were all best of 3 matches and the final match was a best of 5 game series.
The Evil Geniuses takes the Aegis as they celebrate winning The International 5 against CDEC Gaming who ends up taking 2nd place. The final score was 3-1 with CDEC Gaming only taking game 2 against EG. It was the team’s first win in the International with their roster consisting of Peter “ppd” Dager, Clinton “Fear” Loomis, Saahil “Universe” Arora, Kurtis “Aui_2009” Ling and Syed “Sumail” Hassan, the youngest player to ever win The International. LGD Gaming takes 3rd place and Vici Gaming takes 4th respectively.