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  1. I held off on making this topic because few of you care. But they had a new format this year, the final games get their own weekend (probably a good change) making it easier to digest, probably easier on the players as well. This year the final four teams consist of 3 European teams and 1 Chinese team. Team Liquid and Secret, while considered good teams, have fought their way from last chance qualifiers (they did not do well enough in the season to get an invite to TI) all the way to the final weekend which is pretty special. Team Secret has the distinction of having Puppey on their team, the first TI winner and has been to every TI. While Team Liquid has Matumbaman a former TI winner (TI7) who says he will be retiring after this year's TI. Meanwhile Aster and Tundra also while strong teams, seemed like unlikely choices to make it to the final four but both are looking strong, Tundra in particular. Games will start after everyone's bedtime since it is in Singapore but you can always watch the VOD later.
  2. Originally scheduled for last year but delayed due to COVID, and then denied by the original country it was supposed to be held in, Sweden, The International will finally take place on the 7th from Bucharest, Romania. The prize pool is $40 million dollars. The winning team gets $18 million dollars the last place team gets a lousy $100,000. The schedule is below https://www.dota2.com/esports/ti10/schedule The twitch stream should have the nice interactive overlays for people https://www.twitch.tv/dota2ti And that's all I have to give you since like 1 other person around here cares about this.
  3. File this one under seems like it was inevitable but they held out an announcement for a pretty long time So you can work on the battle pass for a whole year now!
  4. That's right folks. The International 9 starts today. Group stages run through the 15-18 and the main event begins on the 20 - 25. As of posting the prize pool is at $32,946,540 - The first place team is guaranteed to win nearly 15 million dollars. Even the last place teams will get $80,000 Q: What is The International? A: The International is the name of an esports tournament hosted by Valve for their very popular game DOTA 2. 18 teams are in this year's tournament, only one will emerge victorious. List of 18 teams in spoiler tag: Q: Why should I care? A: TI is basically the Super Bowl of esports featuring the best DOTA players in the world. EVO, while large is more like the world series. TI is much more of a spectacle and also has the largest prize pool in esports. Q: I have no idea what this game is and how it's played and I'll be unable to follow it. A: Valve recognizes that not only is DOTA an intimidating game to learn how to play it is probably just as hard to watch. They have tried to quell these fears by introducing folks to the "Newcomer Stream" where the casters will routinely explain game mechanics, items and how to play the game to the audience and it also has informational overlays to make it easier to watch. As any sport jumping in my be confusing at first, people still aren't even sure how NFL football is played but they still watch it. In any case you can watch the newcomer stream HERE Q: I might watch but I want to see what all this nonsense is before I commit A: You should probably watch this well produced video (at least part of it) about last year's champions, OG. It humanizes the game as well as explains a lot of what I posted ITT Q: esports suck A: Well, you can continue to not post in this thread like you did last year. With all of that out of the way, here is the main TI stream (most likely the main event will be on this one) but there are 4 other streams as well Now for the bad news, since the tournament is being played in China this year most of you will be asleep or at work while the games are being played. For instance tonight (which is the 15th in China) games start at 6PM pst and will run through the night the last series wrapping up at 4AM pst. The good(ish) news is the main event finals would be running on Saturday at 7PM pst so most people can catch that if they are willing to stay up on a Saturday night. If there's anything else I can do for you just holla
  5. That's right, this board's most hated tournament is back and is graciously being played in Vancouver this year (rather than Seattle) Group stage is August 15 - 18 and main event is 20 - 25 Group stage schedule List of teams below: Watch live video from dota2ti on www.twitch.tv Here's a link to all the streams including the newcomer stream
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