The International Tagged Articles RSS Feed | The International RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Unexpected OG Roster Disband Post The International 2016 Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:39:15 -0400 Ken How

Post The International 6

Most Dota teams are currently undergoing some roster changes for the upcoming Fall Majors. All rosters have to be finalised by 5th September 2016. 

After an amazing year, team OG was regarded as the best team in the world claiming two Majors championship prior to TI6. However, OG had a very disappointing run at TI6 finishing in 9th-12th position which triggered an unexpected roster change for the following Dota year.

OG (a rebranded name of monkey Business) was built a year ago at the end of TI5 where n0tail and Fly recruited Miracle, one of the highest MMR player in Dota2 leaderboard, followed by Cr1t- and Moon. They took the competitive scene by storm to be at the top.

The team had made an official announcement on their Facebook page, immediately followed by a stream from Moon who answered a few questions regarding his kick from OG. Two remaining players, Crit- and Miracle decided to depart from the team to try their luck elsewhere for the upcoming season.

OG's statement

We’ve made the difficult decision that Moon will no longer be an active player on the OG roster but wish him nothing but success wherever he decides to go. Cr1t- and Miracle- have chosen to find their new homes elsewhere in the DOTA2 arena[…] We’ll soon announce the exciting new faces to OG… and some other surprises. We need our incredibly supportive fans (you!) to know that we aren’t going anywhere. The journey to fill the OG trophy cabinet starts again. There has always been just one dream.

OG had achieved amazing results pre TI6, winning the Frankfurt and Manila Majors, as well as Dreamleague Season 4 and 5, and ESL One Frankfurt 2016. Then finishing 3rd position at EPICENTER and 2nd place at The Summit 5.

Some of the Best Dota 2 Cosplay from TI6 Mon, 15 Aug 2016 07:15:11 -0400 Glitchieetv


At events like this, group photos are the norm. Featuring a variety of heroes, including Sniper, Crystal Maiden, Lina, Rajin, and more, this group really showcases the astounding talent seen at TI6.


Were you at TI6? Let us know what your favorite part of the event was in the comments below! 


Small groups can be seen throughout an event such as TI6. Seeing people who cosplay a character you love or meeting others you've known online is one of the highlights of a convention or gaming event. Here a couple Meepos, Pudge, Lina, and Omniknight gather before battle. 


Ember by wazelei_; Antimage by Jamison Stone


A fun showdown between Ember and an Antimage takes place at TI6. Both costumes are extraordinary. Embers blades look sharp and ready to draw blood, while the rest of the costume is on point. Antimage is a glowing nightmare, with LED lights on his arms, legs and in his blades. Such amazing dedication to the characters they have chosen to become. 


Ancient Apparition by Reinessa


Reinessa, better known as one of the Dota 2 hosts and Dota 2 streamer on, is also an amazing cosplayer. Strutting her stuff as an Ancient Apparition, she nails the otherworldly look perfectly. Having the autograph/message wall as her background enhances the effect as well.




Raijin by immortallolzzz


One of the less frequently seen cosplays at TI6, this Raijin was just electrifying. Taking a quick food break before his next battle, or photo op, he seems caught a bit off guard. You can tell, however, the effort that Immortallolzzz put into the costume.  




Drow Ranger by Thea Steele


Thea Steele is as beautiful as the icy Drow Ranger herself. Wielding a bow and icy arrows, Thea's costume is enhanced by her Precision Aura, every detail meticulously added. Standing apart from the crowd, she waits for the next wrong doer to cross her path. 




Legion Commander by Lilisliph


Lilisliph won 1st place at the costume contest with her Legion Commander costume. Precise crafting, exquisite details, and a honking sword helped her knock out all competitors. Need I say more?


Fem Invoker by jumpmanclassic


Taking a design crafted by a friend, jumpmanclassic gender-bent the Invoker in this amazingly creative cosplay. Glowing jewels on her arm cuffs and boots help bring to life the magical feeling in her cosplay, as well as the details packed in. 


Roshan by Kitty Plays


Kitty Plays attracted a lot of attention at TI6 with her extremely detailed Roshan costume. She even walked around with a gigantic slice of cheese! Fantastic craftsmanship landed her 3rd place in the costume contest. 


Windranger by Lindsey Stirling


While not technically a cosplayer, Lindsey Stirling wowed at the opening ceremony for the Dota 2 The International 6. Wearing a fantastic Windranger costume while playing her violin out for thousands of fans, this was one amazing way to kick off an event. 




Defense of the Ancients 2, known as Dota 2, is one of the largest MOBAs. With a large competitive scene and well established esports teams, Dota 2 remains a prominent force in the gaming world.


To celebrate their thriving competition, every year The International occurs, where the best teams gather to prove who really is the best. While cosplayers have attended the event in costume in the past, this year was the first that a costume contest complete with amazing cash prizes was held. The following slides showcase some of the best cosplays seen at TI6.

Wings Gaming are the Dota 2 TI6 Champions Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:28:21 -0400 Ken How

On the final day of the Dota 2 TI6 Main Event, it came down to two final teams -- Digital Chaos and Wings Gaming -- to face off for the championship title. The winner of this Grand Finals match at KeyArena in Seattle would take home the first prize of $9.1 million, while the second prize is $3.4 million.

Digital Chaos (DC) had come off with an incredible three-game series against Evil Geniuses, which brought them to the Grand Finals stage to take their revenge on Wings Gaming -- who had previously knocked them down to the Lower Bracket. Both teams looked strong into the Grand Finals in a best-of-five series (BO5). But Wings ultimately came out on top. 

Game One

A quick first blood was drawn just after the horn was triggered, as DC picked up a kill on Wings' Storm Spirit, but lost both early Bounty Runes at the river. DC looked confident at the start of the game. By the 5th minute of the game, Wings went for a three man gank at mid lane to take down w33, but he managed to counter-kill the Storm Spirit before his death. Wings began to rotate around the map to find some pickoffs once Faith_bian's Slardar had his Blink Dagger online to bounce them back into the game. Although they had the kill lead, DC had the map control advantage after securing most tier 1 towers on Dire side.

Wings continued to gain more advantage as the game progressed, managing to deny their top tier 2 tower and winning a team fight against DC's push. However, DC found an opening at the 23rd minute near the Roshan pit, as Wings were trying to take it down. Sloppy moves by Wings allowed DC to crush their line-up and claim Roshan. 

DC was in control throughout the rest of the game, getting kills across the map. And with such an advantage, they rushed into Wings' high ground in the top lane and took a set of barracks. Wings was hopeless in the end and called GG in the first game of the Grand Finals.

Game Two 

This time around, Wings secured the first blood to their name. We saw smart plays by Y's Oracle, as he juked into the treelines (to buy some time) when three of DC heroes tried to kill him. On the other side of the map, however, his teammates managed to kill Moo's Doon at the bottom lane. DC soon secured themselves two kills on Wings' Slardar and Sand King at the top lane. Even after the tenth minute, both teams looked fairly even. Although Wings had a slight advantage on kills, they were down with two towers going to DC's favor.

Going towards the 20th minute, Wings was ready to claim another advantage in the game as they started to find kills around the map. They went for a smoke gank and found two kills in their Radiant jungle. After securing those kills, they went to take Roshan without being contested by DC. A team fight broke out near Roshan's pit at the 37th-minute mark, and Wings managed to kill two cores alongside one DC support. MiSeRy's Naga ultimate was used to control the fight, but that was not enough to save his teammates.

Moments after, Wings took down another Roshan and DC was were caught off guard by Wings' initiation, losing three heroes to the death timer. While Wings marched to DC's high ground, Resolution's Razor was caught by Shadow's Chronosphere and cost them more heroes. DC was forced to call GG at 40th-minute mark.

The series sat tied at 1-1. 

Game Three

First blood went to Wings once again at bot lane, as Moo's Timbersaw was unable to escape from Faceless Void and Oracle. Both teams traded kills for the next couple of minutes in the early phase of the game. Wings began to take the game lead once again, perfectly rotating around the map to find kills as soon as their ultimates were online. They were playing meticulously, as they were ahead in the game and had full map control that they intended to keep. Wings' team fights were on point with their skills, securing more and more kills in their favor. DC had no answer to Wings' playstyle, and thus the score stood at 20-7 by the 20th-minute.

In a desperate move, DC managed to sneak and take down the Roshan without Wings knowing. With Aegis going to DC's way, they started feeling a little confident with the current state of the game, although Wings looked unstoppable. After failing to secure any team fights, DC found an opening to kill three of Wings' heroes, giving a triple kill to Resolution's kill streak. From then on, DC found their momentum in the game. But it just wasn't enough.

After Wings secured the Roshan at 35th-minute, DC was countered-ambushed by Wings, who crushed DC's line-up and killed four heroes. Wings took the advantage by pushing DC's high ground, and DC was unable to contest orndefend their base.

After DC lost two sets of barracks, they were finding it harder to come back from the loss as Wings' heroes were strong. And by the 45th-minute, DC called GG. Wings totally outplayed DC in this game, which gave them a 2-1 lead in the series.

Game Four

Wings was one game away from claiming their championship title. Could DC make a come back for a 2-2 draw and go for a decisive game five?

Once more, Wings started off with a good counter kill on DC heroes, who tried to initiate on Wing's Elder Titan. But it was instantly traded by DC. Both teams were able to find some kills through the next few minutes, but DC managed to find an opening at top lane to initiate on Wings and kill three heroes -- including Shadow's Anti Mage. They soon gained map control.

After Wings started to get items on their heroes, they started to move around the map to counter DC's aggression. Although they managed to start a good team fight, they did not have enough burst damage to kill any DC heroes. By the 22nd minute, DC lead the scoreboard with 19 kills to 8 for Wings. 

The game changer happened at the 25-minute mark, where w33's Slark tried to pick off the Batrider. But he failed his attempt, and Faith_bian's Axe managed to end w33's Wicked Sick streak with an 800 gold bounty to his name. DC struggled to find the opening to recover from the fight and lost Moo's Beyond Godlike streak with a 1200 gold bounty to Blink's name. DC lost three heroes, and the gold swung to Wings' favor after the fight.

Wings then headed to Roshan's pit to reclaim the Aegis, while DC made their way to Roshan's pit to stop the Roshan kill. But Misery was caught by Axe's Berserker's Call with Elder Titan's Earth Splitter/Echo Stomp combo at the choke point near the Radiant jungle ramp towards the Roshan. Wings took a good team fight in addition to taking down Roshan.

By 30 minutes in, Wings had the game under control and slowly took down some towers. However, DC did not give up hope, they managed to clean up three heroes from Wings and took down Aegis too. Minutes later, Wings managed to secure another team fight -- taking down the aggressive Slark and  sending two more heroes to the fountain. They went offensive toward the bottom high ground to force a buyback/team fight from DC. In a desperate moment to save their barracks, DC burned through a lot of buybacks but could not stop Wings' push and lost their bottom barracks. Wings were minutes away from winning game four and taking the championship title. 

With his buyback on cooldown, w33 made another desperate moved and tried to sneak-kill Axe near the Dire ancient. But his attempt failed -- and due to his aggressiveness, his death timer was extended, which opened up the door for Wings to take down the mid barracks. 39 minutes into the game, in the final fight at the top lane, Wings obliterated DC and DC was unable to contest the game anymore and called GG. Wings Gaming won game four with a score of 3-1. 

Wings are the International 6 Champions after a fantastic run throughout the tournament. Congratulations!

Here are the TI6 final standings.
Dota 2 TI6: TI4 Champions Eliminated Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:06:40 -0400 Ken How

The fourth day of the International Main Event commenced with a match of East versus West as the last European team, Liquid, faced off against the Chinese powerhouse, Newbee.

Newbee, the former TI4 champions were sent to the to the lower bracket by Evil Geniuses after an epic showdown by both teams in the Upper Bracket Quarter Finals in the Day 2 of TI6 Main Event. This time, Newbee faced Liquid in a best-of-three series in the LB elimination match. 

Game One

The first match of the series began with Newbee drafting the Batrider and Lifestealer, with a strong team fight controller Naga Siren to allow them to reset or escape from Liquid. Liquid responded with a Keeper of the Light and an Ember Spirit, which was countered with a Nyx Assasin to destroy the Radiant line-up.

Liquid got off to a good start, as Kuroky got himself a double kill in the first minute of the game. FATA, on the other hand, was very effective with his early game ganks, which brought Liquid to an advantage of 9 kill score to 0 by 14 minutes into the game.

With Liquid's advantage into the mid phase of the game, Newbee were forced to play it safe, retreating from their own Dire jungle. Liquid gave all they have to pressure Newbee from gaining any advantage thus, delaying Hao's Lifestealer farm and Naga Siren's Radiance, which were key for split pushing. However, all of Liquid's heroes were capable of pushing and clearing creep waves to pressure all lanes.

As the game went on, Newbee felt the lane pressure, and they decided to send Nyx with infested Lifestealer to roam around the map and look for kills. They managed to pick off both Ember Spirit and Mirana with huge streaks to their name, and regained the Chinese team's momentum in the game. Soon after, Naga Siren was farming well and fully slotted before the 35th minute. During that moment, Liquid went to siege Newbee's high ground. But they were sloppy with their execution, which turned the whole situation around; Newbee won their first team fight and successfully defended their base, then claimed Roshan.

Moving forward towards the late game, Liquid found themselves losing multiple team fights to Newbee's heroes, which became difficult to deal with. Around 45 minutes, Newbee claimed the middle barracks. This time, Liquid's formation started to fall apart. After Liquid claimed Aegis, Newbee rushed into Roshan's pit for another team fight, killing two of Liquid heroes. At that moment, Matumbaman decided to go for Divine Rapier to defend Newbee's high ground aggression. With aegis in hand, Liquid decided to go for a team fight to find an opening to end the game, but Newbee's ability to control team fights turned the scuffle around. Matumbaman lost his Divine Rapier and the first series was claimed by Newbee.

Game Two

The second game's draft was pretty similar to the first game, but with a mix of uncommon heroes in the draft such as Chen and Undying.

First blood was spilled at top lane by Morphling on kpii's Batrider, giving Matumbaman a good start into the early phase of the second game. Unfortunately, Chen was unable to find an opening to go for a gank on any Liquid heroes. By 10 minutes, Newbee was unable to gain any good team fights to their advantage. One team fight at the Dire jungle had crippled Newbee's game progression, where Morphling got a triple kill to Matumbaman's name. Shortly after, Newbee had lost their game coordination, and they got picked off all over the map. Unable to handle the pressure, they surrendered the game by 17 minutes to go for a decisive game three. 

Game Three

For the final game of the series, Mirana and Shadow Demon were picked again by Liquid. Newbee picked Morphling for themselves, but Liquid gave them the Anti Mage and Axe surprise.

In the early phase of the game, both teams went full on aggressive mode, exchanging kills. Newbee managed to get four kill score, as compared to two on Liquid. Matumbaman's Anti Mage had a fantastic early game, uncontested free farm and gaining about 10.k net worth. But Newbee's aggression on mid tier 1 tower at 11th minute turned everything around. Liquid managed to defend their tower and turned the fight in their favor. Ater some of Newbee's skills went on cooldown, Liquid secured four kills to their name. 

Toward the 19th minute, Newbee went to contest Roshan while Liquid was inside the pit to take it down. Newbee's attempt to ambush failed -- Liquid tore them apart and won the team fight. Newbee struggled to regain momentum after the fight, in addition to the pressure of lanes being pushed towards Newbee's base. Liquid once again dragged Newbee to another choke point to force another team fight, and Newbee had throw all their skills just to bring down Anti Mage's Aegis.

With all Newbee's skills on cooldown, Liquid ran over them in a devastating fight and forced the GG call at 36 minutes.


Despite a good come back by Newbee in game one, it did not deter Liquid from jumping back on the track and eliminating Newbee from TI6. Liquid secured top 8 placement and will be facing Fnatic in the following LB match. 

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more highlights, recaps, and results.  

Dota 2 TI6: Former TI3 Champions Eliminated Mon, 15 Aug 2016 04:56:28 -0400 Ken How

During the third day of the Main Event at the Dota 2 International 2016, the first match of the second lower bracket commenced. Two teams were eliminated, so which teams prevailed?

Alliance, the former TI3 champions were sent down to the Lower Bracket (LB) by EHOME in the Upper Bracket (UP) during the Quarter Finals on Day 2 of the TI6 Main Event. Alliance will be facing Fnatic in a best-of-three (BO3) series in the LB elimination match. The winner of this series secures the top eight seed in The International with a guaranteed prize of over $500,000.  

Game 1

The first game started with a standard draft for both teams. Their setups were pretty common in the current meta, with Drow Ranger pushing line-up and Sven strong in the farm/team fight strategy.

Both teams played passively during the early phase of the first series. First blood was secured by s4 on his Mirana with the help of EGM on his Elder Titan to kill MidOne on his Storm Spirit. By 10 minutes in, there were four kills in total, as both teams were focusing on farming.

At 12 minutes, Alliance continued to push the tier 2 tower at the bottom lane while Mushi's Sven farmed the ancient stacks on the opposite side of the map. By then, Sven's farm increased dramatically and his net worth gap widened compared to the rest of the players in the match. With help from 343's Bounty Hunter, Fnatic consistently placed aggressive wards on the map to create space for the Sven to continue farming and avoiding team fights. The pace of the game for the entire match was pretty passive and there were a few kills every now and then.

At the 28 minute mark, Fnatic smoked into Roshan's pit to secure themselves the Aegis and soon after Roshan fell, a team fight broke out just outside the pit. Ohaiyo's Slardar initiated with three-man slithereen crush and killed the Elder Titan. Storm Spirit went too aggressive on Mirana and was killed by Admiral Bulldog's Tidehunter under the mid lane tier 2 tower. Another fight broke out at 32 minutes in when Bounty Hunter tried to sneak into the Alliance's squad and Loda's Drow Ranger was killed on the spot -- his teammates were unable to save him in time and the fight went Fnatic's way after killing another two heroes. 

Alliance tried to take Roshan and Aegis at the 40-minute mark, but Fnatic jumped in and took the last hit, and Bounty Hunter grabbed the Aegis. Trapped in the pit, both teams took a huge fight resulting in four deaths on Alliance, while Fnatic lost the Aegis and Sladar. 

From there on, Fnatic took down Alliance's bottom barracks by using Shadow Demon's disrupt on Sven to create more illusions. Another fight broke out in the Roshan's pit near the 50-minute mark, where Alliance was initiated on by Sladar and Storm -- killing two of Alliance's supports and secured another Aegis and cheese.

Towards the end of the game at 62 minutes, Fnatic forced a high ground push, taking down Tidehunter almost instantly before he could even use Ravage. With no buyback status on Bulldog, Alliance took a massive hit in their team fights and used buybacks on the rest of the team after each death but, Fnatic's heroes stayed strong without any casualty. The last team fight ended with MidOne's ultra-kill in the process and GG was called by 63 minutes. 

Game 2

Alliance this time opted to pick their comfort heroes such as s4's Puck, Bulldog's Nature's Prophet, Loda's Lifestealer, and Akke's Enchantress, which are good at early game aggression. At the beginning of the game, Ohaiyo's Batrider was caught by surprise near the top rune and s4 secured the first blood. From then on, Alliance kept on with their aggressive play style to prevent Fnatic from finding any space to farm on the map.

By 15 minutes in, Alliance had 13 kills while Fnatic only had three. Alliance looked strong during the 20th minute with a 10k gold lead over Fnatic. Before the time hit 30, Fnatic took a good team fight with one casualty while Alliance (who looked unprepared) lost three cores and one support hero. After that fight, both teams' experience were at an equilibrium point. 

Immediately, Alliance heroes marched down to kill Roshan and rushed to push down top lane. Unfortunately, s4 with Lifestealer infested was hit by an arrow by Dj and died instantaneously, causing Fnatic to storm out of their base to take out three more heroes. Another unfortunate death came to s4 and Loda at the bottom tier 2 tower, where they were picked off by Fnatic and gave up a set of bottom barracks.

Fnatic soon transitioned into mid lane barracks and went for the last team fight, and wiped Alliance in the process. Alliance was forced to call GG as Fnatic attacked the Dire ancient at 39 minutes.


Shoutout to the former TI3 champions. They really recovered quite well in game two despite a rough game one. Fnatic showed their resilience in their gameplay despite a bad start, and won the match with a clean 2-0 sweep. which guaranteed them the top 8 placement.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more highlights, recaps, and results.  

Dota 2 TI6: Most Favorable Team Eliminated in an Unexpected Run Thu, 11 Aug 2016 06:07:27 -0400 Ken How

During the second day of the Main Event at the Dota 2 International 2016, we witnessed what is arguably one of the most memorable moments in all of TI6. Top-tier (and fan-favorite) team OG has been knocked out of the running for the championship title. 

OG vs TnC - Game 1

No one ever expected OG, the most favorable team to win TI6, to lose to underdog team TnC from the SEA region. But led by a veteran player Jimmy 'Demon' Ho, TnC outran them with a clean 2-0 win. 

OG somewhat revealed their strategy by first picking Drow Ranger, then a mid lane Medusa and off lane Faceless Void to counter-initiate any gank attempts on their glass cannon carry. TnC drafted a Lifestealer to combo together with the Axe bomb strat to counter OG's lineup. 

In the early phase of the game, Fly's Witch Doctor attempted to kill Eyyou's Elder Titan, but was counter-killed for a first blood. After trading kills on both sides, TnC looked solid with their scores -- but with OG's Drow strat they walked away with multiple tower destructions in their favor just after 10 minutes. TnC kept on with their aggressive moves to find kills, but OG dodged fights and bought space for Medusa to farm by split pushing lanes. 

The first team fight broke out around the 14-minute mark when both teams smoked into each other near the Dire side tier 1 bottom lane, where the Drow was caught by an Axe-Lifestealer infest bomb. With that kill, TnC managed to slaughter two more OG support heroes while Medusa and Faceless Void made it out alive.

At around the 16th minute, Drow was again jumped on by Axe, who secured the kill to slow down OG's lane push. TnC kept on their tempo to find more kills, but the fight near the Roshan pit was a disaster as the Axe-Blink-Berserkers Call failed to secure any kill -- resulting in a lost team fight and OG securing the Aegis. From then on, TnC lost map control and more towers fell to OG's hand.

But the tide has turned 27 minutes into the game, where OG was caught by surprise with an invisible Phantom Lancer infested by Lifestealer, and with a successful Berserker's Call, TnC secured four kills. At that moment, TnC regained momentum. OG attempted to bounce back into the game with a Roshan attempt. SamH's clutch played on his Axe Call, busted down Moon's Faceless Void in the Roshan's pit, and then turned the whole fight into a bloodbath and managed to kill four more OG heroes.

To further cripple OG's momentum, TnC went for a smoke gank at the 34-minute mark, but they failed to jump into anyone, and this time OG went for a counter smoke to find another opening to start a team fight. During that moment, SamH again caught them by surprise with Raven's Lifestealer infest bomb to decapitate four more heroes. With the advantage, TnC took down multiple towers in less than a minute and pushed the top and mid lane to secure more gold in their bank. But TnC showed respect to OG, as they immediately backed off once all OG heroes respawned -- leaving both top and mid barracks exposed.

Around the 45-minute mark, both teams were lingering near the Rosh's pit to find an opportunity to start another team fight. And this time, TnC stormed out at OG support heroes and again sent four of them to their deaths.  After the fight, TnC safely took down Roshan and went for their objective, taking down the mid lane barracks to force buybacks on Miracle's Medusa to defend the melee barracks. Shortly after, OG's top barracks were destroyed, and TnC was set to take down the bottom lane.

At 54 minutes, TnC stormed into OG's defensive position to take down the whole team and forced OG to call GG.

OG vs TnC - Game 2

This time, roles were swapped in the drafting phase. TnC opted the Drow Ranger strat with the strong Vengeful Spirit aura for extra damage. OG answered with a classic Tiny-Io combo combined with more magic burst damage to counter the Drow Ranger line-up. TnC last picked Huskar-Dazzle to counter OG's magic burst line-up.

Fly showed aggression on his Ogre Magi to slow down the push timing from the Drow line-up. OG won all three lanes and managed to score 7 against 3 on TnC. At 13 minutes, OG went for a smoke gank towards their tier 1 top tower to stop the TnC's push and killed Drow Ranger with the Tiny toss into the rest of OG's heroes, then killed additional three more heroes.

At 14 minutes, three TnC heroes smoked to take down Roshan and secure themselves an Aegis, but they were isolated and forced a fight with OG on the way out of the Roshan's pit near the Radiant jungle. This resulted in three deaths for TnC heroes and a wasted Aegis. 

But then OG overextended their aggression to try and kill the Huskar under the mid tier 2 tower, while TnC was prepared to save Huskar with Dazzle's Shallow Grave and turned the fight into a four-man Chronosphere, thus killing the Tiny. Two TnC heroes hit the deck, and OG tried to cover their losses by engaging another fight near the Radiant ancient creep camp, but OG lost two more heroes. TnC regained momentum after gaining heaps of gold and experienced from the fight.

Another fight broke out near the Radiant jungle at 21 minutes, and OG attempted to kill Drow. But with SamH clutching on his Faceless Void, TnC caught three OG heroes and soon after crushed four OG heroes while the only survivor, Moon's Dark Seer, escaped.

At 25 minutes TnC took down Roshan in less than 15 seconds to secure themselves their second Aegis and were in control of the game. There were no notable fights during the Aegis buff duration, and after five minutes it was reclaimed. TnC began to feel the split push pressure from OG and constantly being outmaneuvered. 

At 40 minutes, Miracle's Ember Spirit was caught by TnC's Huskar and Drow while he was split pushing the bot lane to create space for the remainder of the OG squad to claim Roshan and Aegis. Halfway through the Ember's death timer, TnC managed to pick off two supports heroes to allow them to push OG's high ground. OG responded with a huge Dark Seer Vacuum-Wall combo with Tiny's Avalanche and some buybacks to defend their high ground. With a successful defense, OG managed to kill two of TnC's core heroes and they went on an offensive mode to kill the Huskar -- but failed to do so, resulting in Tiny's death. 

After a couple of minutes,  both teams started to play passively by pushing out lanes to chip some damage on each other's lane tower to recover the buyback cooldown times. At 46 minutes, Miracle's Ember was killed in a Chronosphere while pushing the top tier 3 tower. With Ember's death, TnC took the opportunity to go for a GG push after taking down the mid tier 3 tower to force a buyback on Ember. During this period, Io relocated Tiny to the radiant's bottom lane to take down a set of barracks. TnC traded with OG by taking down OG's middle barracks. 

OG claimed their second Aegis at the 50th minute and kept all lanes pushed out to balance out the game to their advantage. TnC went for a smoke gank to rush towards the OG squads to take down Tiny in a Chronosphere, forcing an instant buyback on Tiny. Another fight broke out at 56 minutes when OG's Tiny tried to take down Huskar, but Faceless Void tossed an isolation Chronosphere to hold the remaining OG squad to take down n0tail's Tiny (with no buyback).

A Divine Rapier was purchased by Miracle at 58 minutes to counter the pushing aggression by TnC. In the meantime, TnC went 'yolo' mode to go for another GG push at mid lane. Huskar killed Io and SamH dropped another mind-blowing Chronosphere, capturing Tiny and taking him down. Miracle was soon to fall, and OG called GG. Thus they were eliminated from TI6.

TNC jumped all over OG for a 2-0 series win. 

The main event will continue tomorrow as the winning teams from both stages face off to get one step closer to the Championship title. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more highlights, recaps, and results.  

The Best Game of Dota Ever Played; EG vs EHOME Game 1 UB Semifinals TI6 Thu, 11 Aug 2016 05:04:32 -0400 Rothalack

This game was 75 minutes of adrenaline and heart attack. I had to re-tighten the screws on my computer chairs arm rests after watching this game. If you aren't interested in eSports, this is the only game you ever need to watch. You will understand why eSports are becoming mainstream popular.

Dota 2 Features Newest $20 million Prize Pool Tue, 09 Aug 2016 04:30:04 -0400 H3nleY

Dota 2 is once again trying to make eSports history with the biggest prize pool in eSports. Coming it at a gigantic $20 million, the prize pool offers $100,000 even to last place!

The International 2016's Main Event began yesterday for the upper bracket quarterfinals and will last until Saturday, August 13. 18 teams from around the world will take part in the tournament, for a shot at winning the biggest prize in eSports history.

Since this year's prize pool is greater than last year’s $18M one, all Battle Pass owners will will receive a variety of "Immortal Rewards" along with other benefits.

Image courtesy of Valve/Dota 2

With increasing prize pools like these, people are sure to become more attracted to eSports. It's also fairly safe to say that professional video games are growing at a rate that would surpass any traditional sport.

Numbers show that while NFL is still the most popular spectator sport in the USA, League of Legends and Dota 2 have surpassed the viewer counts of the NBA Finals, World Series, or the BCS National Championship game. In January of 2014, Riot Games announced that League of Legends has 67 million monthly players worldwide. If that seems huge, think about the fact that an estimated 24 million play basketball in the United States, and less than 9 million people play football.

Image courtesy of Valve/Dota 2

The game's developer, Valve, also announced that over 20 million unique viewers streamed the 2014 International Dota 2 Championship and at peak the tournament had "concurrent viewers over 2 million." The 2014 Super Bowl "had 115.5 million viewers, though only a hair over 500,000 streamed the event online."


Dota 2 International Group Stage Update Thu, 04 Aug 2016 04:45:27 -0400 flcl4lyfe

With the Wild Cards decided yesterday (congratulations to EHome and Escape for continuing on to the main event), the group events can begin. Sixteen teams have been divided in to two blocks and are set to play to decide the bracket.

Block A is currently playing and has some serious contenders:

  • Alliance
  • Na'vi
  • Escape
  • Wings
  • Evil Geniuses
  • OG
  • LGD
  • TNC

They're all going to face off to cut the wheat from the chaff. So far, only Alliance has the strong start, netting two wins against TNC. Navi, OG, EG, LGD, Escape and Wings are all tied at one point. TNC follows at the back. With plenty of more matches to follow, their positions are far from decided.

Worried that these teams won't bring their best? Fear not, dear viewer. Each game offers plenty of nail biting action and the realest plays. Still waiting on those Black Holes, though.

Tomorrow promises plenty more action with Block B. In the mean time, though, enjoy the top plays.

The International is Underway Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:09:24 -0400 flcl4lyfe

The preliminaries have kicked off in Seattle, hailing the start of the The Dota 2 International. Hosted by Valve every year, The International 2016 is the premiere Dota 2 tournament, with 16 teams from around the world vying to reach the apex spot and assert their place as the best in the world.

Along with the top dog position comes the lion's share of its record-shattering prize pool. Having set the record each consecutive year, Dota 2 has raised the bar higher this year, with the total prize amounting to $19,456,177. Valve contributes just $1,600,000 of the cash prize, so the large majority of it has be generated by the community.

Today's event is the Wild Card event, with four teams looking to prove they deserve the two slots left in the main tournament through double elimination. CompLexity, EHome, Escape and Excration are facing off in Swiss rounds so they can continue on to the main event. Best of luck to all teams, and may the best five win.

American team "Evil Geniuses" wins TI5, takes home $6.6 million prize Sun, 09 Aug 2015 05:45:21 -0400 David Fisher

Last night, American team "Evil Geniuses" took home a prize of over $6.6 million dollars. This makes them not only the winners of the largest prize in eSports history, but also the first North American team to win DotA 2's International Tournament. 

In a beautiful best-of-five Grand Final, Evil Geniuses were able to defeat the Chinese team CDEC. While EG was considered the least likely to win, they managed to pull out a 3-to-1 victory despite having to play a best-of-three game against team-to-beat LGD Gaming only hours before the title match. This is an amazing feat, and one that the team likely will remember for some time to come CDEC, having won second place in the tournament, will be taking home a prize estimated at $2.8 million.

Every game of the Grand Final was fascinating to watch, and on the whole it was a great improvement over TI4's anticlimactic Grand Final, where ViCi Gaming was forced to call the "GG" within 20 minutes in a 3-0 defeat against Newbee. In fact, the entire TI5 series has been one of the most exciting yet, with underdogs comming out on top and well-established teams-to-beat barely able to get past the first bracket.

TI5 also boasted the most heroes picked in the International, with very few heroes being left out of the ban-pick process. Hopefully this means that TI6 will have an even greater meta-game as Valve continues to balance DotA 2 in upcoming patches, as well as adding new heroes to the game.

If you missed it, don't worry! You can watch it below. 

Dota 2 - CDEC and either EG or LGD to go head to head in TI5 Grand Finals Fri, 07 Aug 2015 16:22:08 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Dota 2's The International 5 main event has been going strong through the week, and tomorrow we're finally coming to the Grand Finals with a best of five match up between up and coming CDEC Gaming (CDEC) and the winner of the lower bracket finals, either LGD Gaming (EGD) or Evil Geniuses (EG).

This year's The International has been a flurry of excitement. Most of the matches have been fast paced and packed with aggressive plays thanks to the current meta. It's been a great year to watch if you find professional Dota even the least bit entertaining.

Anyone watching has seen that Vici Gaming (VG) has dominated the lower bracket during The International 5, but that streak ended today with VG losing in the second and third matches against LGD. LGD will be moving on to face EG tomorrow before the Grand Finals, where the winning team will go against Chinese giant CDEC.

The Grand Finals

Tomorrow brings The International 5's Grand Finals, and it is pure hype with two Chinese teams fighting for the grand prize of over $6.5 million. The runner-up team will still receive a whopping $2.8 million -- a sum that's nothing to sneeze at.

The road has been long and hard for these and the other teams that were knocked out earlier in the tournament, but the end is less than 24 hours away. Which team will dominate in Dota 2's current meta? Whoever it is, we're guaranteed a good show during the last fights between CDEC and the winner of the lower bracket finals.

Dota 2's TI5 semifinals end today, three Dota styles on display Fri, 07 Aug 2015 09:57:23 -0400 Ashley Shankle

The International 5 has been one of the best TIs yet, with just about every Dota 2 match being packed with action and surprise losses by some of the game's most famous teams.

Fan-favorite Na'Vi and last year's champions Newbee were both beaten in the very beginning of the lower bracket. Empire, Cloud9, Invictus Gaming, and Secret (among others) were weeded out soon after; and here we are today: the second to last day before The International 5 Grand Finals, and only five teams remain.

Today's first match up puts LGD and Virtus Pro (VP) against one another in the lower bracket. The winner will go on to face Vici Gaming (VG), which has yet to lose a single match this tournament. With monster players like iceiceice, Hao, and Super, it's easy to see why VG has been such a force this TI. They've yet to lose a match during the main event.

Today's second match up is CDEC Gaming versus Evil Geniuses (EG) in the upper bracket. EG is the only North American team left in The International 5, and CDEC is an up-and-coming Chinese team that has only been on the tournament scene for less than a year. Both teams have done fantastically in separate tournaments in the past few months.

Today's matches will determine who will move into tomorrow's Grand Finals. Either CDEC or EG will move on into tomorrow; while it's still a toss up between LGC, VP, or VG in the lower bracket to go against one of the upper bracket winners in the Finals tomorrow.

Whoever comes out on top during today's matches, we're guaranteed to see some good Dota both today and tomorrow. All of these teams have played amazingly, and now we're down to a competition between CN, RU, and NA Dota. Which will come out on top in The International 5? We'll just have to see.

Dota 2 TI5: CDEC and MvP.Phoenix claim the Wild Card spots Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:56:20 -0400 C Miguel

The International 2015 Dota 2 Championship has finally started with the Wild Card bracket. All wild card teams already showed what the whole TI5 feels like: complex strategies, unusual drafts, and unique plays.

CDEC is the first to claim the Wild Card #1 spot beating Vega in 2-1 in the first round and stomped MvP.Phoenix in 2-0 run. CDEC shows itself on the verge of losing in all of their games but with solid plays and teamwork, the team earned the Group B Wild Card #1 spot.

While on the other side, Archon is the first team to say goodbye in The International 2015. They had a highlight epic base race with MvP.Phoenix but lost 2-1. Archon stumbles and lost their morale in the losing bracket and got dominated by Vega 2-0.

While winning the breath-taking best of 3 series with Archon, in the second round, the South Korean team is in danger of ending the million dollar dream when they lose with CDEC, sending them on to the losers bracket forcing them to battle with Vega.

The first game of best of 3 series is a hard time for MvP.Phoenix losing the first game to fan favorite Vega. On the second round, MvP.Phoenix again had a furious base race with 57 minutes of extreme Dota. In a "Do or Die" situation, MvP.Phoenix outsmarted the Russian team with their draft securing the Group A Wild Card spot.

Dota 2 The International 5: Everything You Need To Know Sat, 25 Jul 2015 13:30:01 -0400 C Miguel

The largest and most anticipated tournament for avid Dota 2 gamers is just around the corner. This annual tournament, called "The International", is the biggest event for Dota 2 - it's the equivalent of world finals for sports. This is where top tier teams battle for the pride, prize pool, and the lovely Aegis, the trophy that symbolizes victory with the name of the champions engraved on it forever.

The International is made possible by Valve's fearless leader and PC Master Race Prophet, Gabe Newell (and, of course, the help and support of the whole Dota 2 community). This is where the best meets the best, where regions clash, where the pride of the team and country is at stake.

Prize pool

With the help of millions of Dota 2 players all over the world, the community gathered a record-breaking amount for its prize pool - boasting over $18 million total. That is the highest total prize pool we've ever seen for an eSport tournament, beating out other big names like League Of Legends, CS:GO, Starcraft, etc.

How did Steam gather so much money? It is all about the "Compendium". A Compendium is an in-game item where players can get bunch of TI5 exclusive rare and immortal items like loading screens, couriers, and many more. Players can buy Compendiums and level them up to get the aforementioned perks, while also contributing to the prize pool. 25% of every Compendium sale goes to the prize pool. A basic compendium costs $9.99, while a level 50 compendium costs $26.99. High-level compendiums get more rare items, and you can level up your compendium by playing more.

There are also incentives offered when the prize pool reaches certain amounts. When a goal is reached, a new item or update or event will be unlocked. A very smart way to get players to contribute - they scratch Gabe's back, Gabe scratches theirs. 

Prize pool Breakdown:

Total Prize pool: $18,000,000+ ($1,600,000 + 25% of revenue from compendium sales)

The rewards will be distributed among teams as follows:

  • 1st place: 36% of prize pool
  • 2nd place: 15.5% of prize pool
  • 3rd place: 12% of prize pool
  • 4th place: 8.5% of prize pool
  • 5th & 6th place: 6.5% of prize pool
  • 7th & 8th place: 4.5% of prize pool
  • 9th - 12th place: 1.2% of prize pool
  • 13th - 16th place: 0.3% of prize pool

If you want that in numbers, the tournament web page breaks it down for you:


The event will start in July 26 with the Wild Card brackets and will end on August 8. The main event begins August 3. 


16 of the best competitive teams from around the world will battle for the title, with players coming from North America, Europe and Asia. This are top tier teams all over the world invited and qualified of joining the tournament. Here are the 14 teams that we know we'll be seeing in the competition:

The Wild Card matches will decide which two teams will fill the open slots. These four teams are competing for those spots:

  • CDEC
  • Vega
  • MVP Phoenix
  • Archon


Want to know how each event is going to work? Here's the rundown:

Wild Card
  • Four teams 
  • Best of 3
  • Winner of upper bracket becomes Wild Card #1 in Group Stage
  • Winner of lower bracket becomes Wild Card #2.
Group Stage
  • 16 teams (including Wild Card winners)
  • Each match consists of two games against the same opponent

Group stage pointing system:

  • 2-0 win provides 3 points
  • 1-1 provides 1 point
  •  0-2 provides 0 points
Main Event

The top team in each group of Group Stage has an advantage: they get to pick their opponent from either the 3rd or 4th place finish in the opposite group. 

Upper Bracket:

  • Best of 3
  • Upper Bracket A: Group A Seed 1 vs Group B Seed 3/4 
  • Upper Bracket B: Group B Seed 2 vs Group A Seed 3/4 (The team Group B Seed 1 didn't choose) 
  • Upper Bracket C: Group B Seed 1 vs Group A Seed 3/4 
  • Upper Bracket D: Group A Seed 2 vs Group B Seed 3/4 (The team Group A Seed 1 didn't choose)

Lower Bracket

  • Best of 3 (except for the first round which is Best of 1)
  • Lower Bracket A: Group A Seed 5vs Group B Seed 7/8 
  • Lower Bracket B: Group B Seed 6 vs Group A Seed 7/8 (The team Group B Seed 5 didn't choose) 
  • Lower Bracket C: Group B Seed 5 vs Group A Seed 7/8 
  • Lower Bracket D: Group A Seed 6 vs Group B Seed 7/8 (The team Group A Seed 5 didn't choose) 
Grand Finals
  • Best Of 5


The event will be hosted in Valve's home base of Seattle. The Main Event will be held in KeyArena, which boasts a 17,459 seat capacity.

Where to Watch
You can visit theofficial The International page for live streaming and replays of the event throughout the tournament.

Valve will also put up a "Newcomer Show". This is a special broadcast featuring live matches with a special commentary for new people and gamers who'd like to learn more about Dota 2 while they enjoy the championships.

So get ready Dota 2 fans!

Continue to support the Dota 2 game, community and your favorite team. Watch your favorite teams clash with top teams and kick some ass. I suggest organize with your Dota 2 buddies to watch The International 2015 matches via live streams - especially on the group stage, because that's where the most exciting plays will happen. And (especially) don't forget the Finals.

Are you pumped for the International 2015? What teams will you be rooting for? Let us know in the comments below!

Dota 2 Getting 4 Annual Championships Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:12:05 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

Valve isn't in everyone's good graces currently, with a paid-for mods system on the Skyrim Steam Workshop (which isn't all doom and gloom) being implemented, but Dota 2 fans have something to look forward to. Valve has announced three more annual Dota 2 tournaments. These will go alongside The International, which means there will be four annual championships, aptly named The Dota Major Championships.

The four tournaments will follow our very own lovely seasons, starting in Fall/Autumn and ending with a larger event in Summer -- any takers on it being The International? They are touted as "marquee tournaments."

The tournaments will be sponsored by Valve, hosted by third-party organizations, and will be international (pun intended).

This comes from Valve's willingness to help make professional Dota 2 more structured, with a more stable roster for the teams. The hope is to have major focal points for fans to get excited about throughout the season.

The International will soon have its invited teams announced, but this will be after next week, when The International Compendium is released. Alongside this, Dota 2 will receive a "major balance update."

Expect more details about the Fall/Autumn tournament as we edge closer to that season.

Header image credit to Valve.

In-article image credit to Valve.

Ever Wonder Where DotA Came From? Tue, 03 Feb 2015 07:04:43 -0500 Rothalack

Not anymore! This is a great short documentary, 'We, the Community', that explains exactly where DotA has come from and how it got to where it is today.

I don't even play much, I just watch the pros and have a huge amount of respect for the players.

The documentary was created by Moritz Zimmermann, @MooseWD, in association with Team Na'Vi.

[Infographic] Dota 2 International Prize Neck-And-Neck with 'Traditional' Sports Winnings Sun, 20 Jul 2014 06:48:15 -0400 Amanda Wallace

If you haven't heard already, the 2014 DotA 2 International is the largest eSports prize pool ever, beating even previous years of the International. And this year is the first year that the International will be shown on ESPN, a channel devoted to traditional sports. 

So how does the International fare as far as the prizes of some of the most well known and established sporting tournaments of today? 

As of writing this article, the International's prize pool has reached a staggering $10.9 million, mostly courtesy of fan contributions. With that, it has surpassed some major international sporting events, including the Masters, the Superbowl, the Tour de France, the Kentucky Derby, and the Boston Marathon. 

The only event that the DotA 2 International has not yet surpassed is the Indy 500, which gives out a staggering $14.23 million. However, there is a higher monetary barrier of entry for the Indy 500: you have to own a professional grade vehicle, have a pit crew, etc. While some of that is covered by sponsors, it is much cheaper to participate in DotA 2. Fear, before the second International, was living with his mother according to Valve documentary "Free to Play." You don't hear the same thing about Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Jeff Gordon. 

DotA 2's Jimmy 'DeMoN' Ho Explains How The International Draws New Fans Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:34:05 -0400 John Gaudiosi

As a member of Team Liquid, Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho is making history Valve’s The International 2014 at KeyArena in Seattle. The Dota 2 pro gamer will be competing on ESPN3 along with other top teams in the hopes of taking home a piece of the record $10 million in prize money.

Ho, one of the original members of the EG.DotA team, is a veteran Dota gamer with a strong global fan base and the sponsorship of Red Bull. Ho has been a master of Dota over the years, capable of fulfilling multiple roles on his teams. He talks about the rise of eSports and what impact The International has had on attracting new Dota 2 players.

GS: How did you become a pro gamer?

DeMoN:I worked really hard. When I was playing as a hobby, I never really had any expectations to go pro, I just wanted to be really good at the game, be able to compete against the best.  There was a lot of hard work, a lot of sacrifice – I sacrificed my social life at the time, didn’t really talk with my friends or hang out, I just wanted to game. You need a lot of hours with this game to be good at it. One day I was good enough and got invited on a team – and that team got sponsored. And from there, I just kept moving up.

GS: What's the competition like out there today compared to when you first started?

Back then no one really cared, they wanted the games to be played. 

DeMoN: Back then it was very unprofessional, how people or organizations ran their tournaments. When people would break the rules, or something would happen – the referees would kind of make up the rules as things happened, on occasion; because it wasn’t even in the rule book at that time. Because the scene was so underdeveloped. Today, there’s no real complications. The tournaments are run much more smoothly. Back then – people would be able to be late, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour – and not get penalized. Now if you’re 15 minutes late there’s a small penalty. If you’re an hour late, you get disqualified and get a heavy penalty from the tournament – you could be banned from next season.  Back then no one really cared, they wanted the games to be played. Today, you have streaming platforms where people worldwide are capable of watching the games on livestream. Back then you could only watch the games if you had the client or had the game.

GS: What impact has The International had in attracting new players and teams?

DeMoN: Seeing how big the audience is, the prize money, and seeing this game that’s still out there and growing – eventually it’s going to hit League of Legends numbers in terms of audience. League of Legends has multiple tournaments and it’s always going to have sold out stadiums.  When it comes to Dota 2, we generally have a sold out stadium when The International comes around. But what’s really attracting them is they see how big this prize pool is – and automatically, they don’t even have to be gamers – they’re like “Oh wow, I heard there’s a $10 million prize pool for this gaming tournament.” That grabs their attention. 

How have you seen Dota 2 take off in recent years?

I’ve seen some players from League of Legends wanting to transfer to Dota 2 because they see there’s much more potential in the game, and better opportunities.

What's your favorite memory thus far in your career?

I’ll give you three. The first is getting 4th place at the first International with team Meet Your Makers. We took home $80,000.  My 2nd would be winning a championship in Korea. It was my first championship ever, and we took home first place.  My 3rd was signing with Red Bull. That’s a really precious memory of mine. It was a long process.

 What advice would you give to someone who wants to go pro?

It’s a lot of hard work and determination.  You can’t have the mindset of “Hey, I’m just going to be a pro.” It doesn’t work like that. You work hard to build yourself, try to be the best player you could ever potentially be. How I did it was very different. I looked up to someone, and said, “I hope to play with this guy one day.” Or “I wish I can be as good as him one day.” I continued working hard toward that goal.  It’s not as easy as it seems. There’s a lot of sacrifices that need to be done, prioritizing and focusing on being the best you can be.

DotA 2 International-esq Event Coming For Counter Strike: Global Offensive? Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:27:01 -0400 Miranda Kirk

The DotA 2 world championship tournament has all the popularity, with fans raising over 10 million dollars for prizes and over 10,000 tickets sold to watch the tournament live. The International (the name of the tournament) makes Valve immensely popular among the competitive game circuit and they want to continue that streak of success. 

The Director of DotA 2, Valve's Erik Johnson, sat down with the folks at to talk about the potential to bring the tried-and-true title, Counter-Strike, into the competitive realm. 

He states in the interview that he doesn't see any reason the competitive model wouldn't just transfer over to the game. 

“I don’t know if it would be called The International, but the guys working on Counter-Strike made a lot of progress on supporting the professional community around that game,” said Johnson. “We all work at the same company and share a lot of ideas, and given how successful this tournament [The International] has become I don’t see any reason why a lot of the same things couldn't be applied directly to Counter-Strike.”

Although he didn't give us any definitive answers on whether we would see a competitive Counter-Strike tournament to the scale of DotA 2, he does give us the hope that there could be one. 

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the second most played game on the Steam platform, right behind DotA 2

Being a Counter-Strike player myself, I would love to see this game get the respect it deserves in terms of the competitive nature of it. Do you think it's a good idea to have a massive-scale tournament for CS:GO? Do you think it would do well?