The world’s biggest and most lucrative esports tournament, The International DoTA 2 Championship, just wrapped up its main event in Vancouver.

Against the odds, the underdog team ‘OG’ won the event, featuring our very own Aussie Anatham ‘Ana’ Pham making some excellent plays.

Soon, Australia will TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

Let’s rewind a bit before we delve into the final matches.

How does it all work?

There are 18 teams who all fight for a share of $25.5 MILLION USD prize pool and get to hold the exclusive ‘Aegis of Champions’

The base prize pool is $1.6 million, with the rest being crowd funded by sales from in-game items and ticket sales for the event. Pretty good effort right?

Teams qualify during the year through other events:

Open Qualifiers – June 14th – June 17th, 2018

  • Single-elimination Open Qualifiers, two brackets for each region.
  • The winners of each Open Qualifier will advance to the respective Main Qualifier.

Regional Qualifiers – June 18th – June 25th, 2018

  • The winners of each Main Qualifier will advance directly to The International.
  • The runners-up of the China, Southeast Asia, and North America Main Qualifiers will advance directly to The International.
  • The third place team of the North America Main Qualifiers will advance directly to The International.

Group Stage – August 15th – August 18th, 2018

  • 18 teams are divided into two groups where they play in a Round Robin Bo2 format.
  • The top 4 teams in each group advance to the Upper Bracket of the Main Even
  • The bottom team in each group is eliminated.
  • The remaining teams advance to the Lower Bracket of the Main Event

And finally…

The Main Event – August 20th – August 25th, 2018

Let’s look at the nerdy details:

  • Sixteen teams battle in a double-elimination bracket, these are broken into:

Upper Bracket – Best of 3

    • Top four teams in each group of Group Stage start in the Upper Bracket.
    • The 1st place in each group of Group Stage picks their opponent from either the 3rd or 4th placed team in the opposite group.
    • The 2nd place in each group plays the team that was not picked by the 1st place.

Lower Bracket – First round Bo1 then onwards is Bo3

    • Features 5th-8th placed teams in each group of Group Stage
    • The 5th place in each group of Group Stage picks their opponent from either the 7th or 8th placed team in the opposite group.
    • The 6th place in each group plays the team that was not picked by the 5th place.
    • The higher seeded team has Selection Priority for the first round Bo1 game

Then, the Grand Finals, which is a Best of 5.

Highlights of the Main Event  – PSG.LGD VS OG

Game 1

A fairly even game, with OG managing to tie the loose ends up at around the 34 minute mark.

OG win

Game 2

This game went in PSG’S favour as they finished with a very strong 45 kills vs 19 kills

Check out Ame’s smooth triple:

PSG.LGD win

Game 3

Another clean game, with PSG ending up with 50 kills vs 25 kills.Things were not looking great for OG at this point.

This was a precision clean teamfight:

PSG.LGD WIN

Game 4

Things started to turn back around for OG, Ana absolutely destroying with Phantom Lancer and carries the game hard

OG WIN

Game 5

FY shaked up the early game with his Earthshaker plays, however, a fight at Roshan helped OG stabilise and take back the game!

OG WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP!

The power of flowers and friendship!

How much did they win exactly?

Here’s the payout for the top 4 teams:

Place Team Payout
1st OG $11,216,023
2nd PSG.LGD $4,078,554
3rd Evil Geniuses $2,676,551
4th Team Liquid $1,784,367

As well as the awesome game play, there were some exciting things announced during TI 8, such as

2 NEW HEROES – Mars and Grimstroke

Grimstroke is a ranged intelligence hero that plays as an offensive support – currently available to play in game – read more about him here

Mars is yet to have more info released, but had a pretty nice teaser trailer.

Mars (left) Grimstroke (right)

Thats a wrap on this years International. Even if you’re not a huge DoTA 2 fan, it is still a really engrossing esport. The International is a fantastic event each year, with this one being the best one EVER – in my humble opinion.

Check out the vods and clips from the event here and keep an eye on upcoming DoTA 2 news here.

Aim for the stars,

Luna

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