Ti5  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Ti5  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network American team "Evil Geniuses" wins TI5, takes home $6.6 million prize https://www.gameskinny.com/ik7vv/american-team-evil-geniuses-wins-ti5-takes-home-66-million-prize https://www.gameskinny.com/ik7vv/american-team-evil-geniuses-wins-ti5-takes-home-66-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's TI5 semifinals end today, three Dota styles on display https://www.gameskinny.com/bmfsv/dota-2s-ti5-semifinals-end-today-three-dota-styles-on-display https://www.gameskinny.com/bmfsv/dota-2s-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: Main Event Day 4 in a nutshell https://www.gameskinny.com/efy19/dota-2-ti5-main-event-day-4-in-a-nutshell https://www.gameskinny.com/efy19/dota-2-ti5-main-event-day-4-in-a-nutshell Fri, 07 Aug 2015 05:49:48 -0400 C Miguel

Two of the three matches in Day 4 of the Main Event featured the last representatives for the SEAKor and CIS regions. MVP.Phoenix and Virtus.Pro had to carry the weight of their regions on shoulders as they fought for pride on Day 4. All games in Day 4 were played in Lower Bracket in addition to a crowd pleasing 10 vs 10 All-Star match is played with the participation of 10 lucky fans.

Here is the recap of The International Dota 2 Main Event Day 4:

Lower Bracket:

MvP.Phoenix vs Vici Gaming (VG)

VG successfully won the game with the last Korean team in the tournament MvP.Phoenix 0-2. While VG has been inconsistent in their last games, MvP.Phoenix was unable to capitalize. The best-of-three series was heavily favored by VG as they brought spectacular drafts to counter MvP.Phoenix. It was still a good run for MvP.Phoenix for getting this far.

Virtus.Pro vs Secret

Probably the biggest upset in The International 2015. The fan favorite Secret eliminated by Virtus.Pro 2-1. Secret won Game 1 in less than 30 minutes as they played aggressively due to lack of late game heroes. Virtus.Pro fired back in Game 2 as they managed to exploit Secret's full Spell Damage lineup. 

Virtus.Pro managed to win a very intense 55 minutes of Dota 2 in Game 3. Secret did their best to defend their base after losing few important team fights. Eventually, Virtus.Pro exhausted them as Secret ran out of buybacks.


After winning the match with MvP.Phoenix earlier, VG continued their run as they beat their fellow Chinese team EHOME 2-0. A very intense match was played in both games, but the aggressive VG wrecked EHOME.

The All-Star Match: Team Chuan vs Team Notail

Valve was still doing great as hosts, but even more so when they announced lucky fans to join in the All-Star match. 10 lucky fans were chosen from the crowd by team captains from both teams. The surprise didn't stop there as wild Dendi Pudge appeared and a 10 vs 10 Dota 2 matched will now be available in Dota 2 Reborn.

So how did you feel about TI5 Main Event Day 4? Who do you want to see progress? Let us know your thoughts in comment section down below!

Dota 2 TI5: Main Event Day 3 in a nutshell https://www.gameskinny.com/dxdyp/dota-2-ti5-main-event-day-3-in-a-nutshell https://www.gameskinny.com/dxdyp/dota-2-ti5-main-event-day-3-in-a-nutshell Thu, 06 Aug 2015 04:08:47 -0400 C Miguel

It's survival of the fittest on Day 3 of The International Dota 2 2015, as teams continue to rampage their way to the Finals. Day 3 is full of tears, battle cries, defeaning crowds and comeback plays.

Here is the recap of The International Dota 2 Main Event Day 3:

Upper Bracket:


It's comes as no surprise that CDEC won the match with LGD 2-0. The Chinese "rising star" CDEC team already proved itself in past wildcards to group stage of The International. Despite of LGD's gold and XP advantage, they were unable to capitalize on Game 1, which allowed CDEC to adapt and win Game 1.

Game 2 was a total destruction: LGD was demolished by CDEC (5-28) and will have to fight through Lower Bracket.


Probably the best series of games for EG, as they won the match against EHOME after a Game 1 loss. The North American team, dubbed Evil Geniuses, looks solid as ever. A solid draft, well-coordinated playstyle and good communication was their key to winning the best-of-three match, sending EHOME to Lower Bracket.

Lower Bracket:

Virtus.Pro vs coL

The first match of day three started with a very intense game for Virtus.Pro, who eliminated CompLexity 2-1. Game 1 was close, and excited fans cheered for American team CompLexity, who took the win. After a 1 game deficit, Virtus.Pro managed to come back and win the match 2-1. This was one of the biggest comebacks in The International 2015 so far.

Team Secret vs Invitus Gaming (iG)

This match was dubbed a battle of champions, as both teams have title-holding members. In yet another comeback, Secret managed to win the match against iG 2-1, despite having a Game 1 loss. Secret finally got its momentum going for a full aggressive draft, winning the Game 2. Secret outsmarted iG in the drafting phase, tricking iG into thinking they were going use the same line-up for the last game. That got them the win for Game 3.

So how did you feel about TI5 Main Event Day 3? Who do you want to see progress? Let us know your thoughts in comment section down below!

DDoS attack responsible for DotA 2 TI5 tournament delays https://www.gameskinny.com/uhbpi/ddos-attack-responsible-for-dota-2-ti5-tournament-delays https://www.gameskinny.com/uhbpi/ddos-attack-responsible-for-dota-2-ti5-tournament-delays Tue, 04 Aug 2015 12:58:34 -0400 David Fisher

Almost every year we hear about DDoS attacks ruining the online experience for players, locking people out of their favourite games for days at a time. Today, DotA 2's Evil Geniuses and Complexity Gaming were apparently shut out of their LAN game by DDoS attackers. 

This stopped their match from continuing for almost three whole hours, the games only just resuming at about 4:30 PM PDT. This took place almost simultaneously with an attack on League of Legends tournament.

Thankfully, unlike the League of Legends game, the TI5 match was salvaged using DotA 2's replay mechanic. This placed players on a new server in the same positions they were in prior to the DDoS attack. While fans watching the game in person and live on the in-game match viewer were visibly upset, it was comforting to know that this mechanic was able to salvage the game.

This comes in not long after Turkish League of Legends players complained about having to play a game where they had been DDoSed and were forced to play an unfair game. In that match, they were forced to random a champion, leading to problems, and ultimately a forfeit match under unfair circumstances. 

Essentially the DDoSers got to pick who won the game, and that is simply unprofessional from a game as big as League of Legends.

Considering that many MOBA eSport games have thousands (if not millions) of dollars at stake, I think that Riot Games should take an example from Valve's model. People's lives are sometimes on the line with these games as eSports are their career, and forcing players to go through a game without the ability to play the match on their grounds is like forcing a football match where an all-star player has been swapped out with some kid they pulled off of the street. It is simply unfair, and it can ruin a team's career.

Hopefully, this will not be a problem for future games during DotA 2's TI5 tournament. With a prize pool of over $18 million, it would be a shame to have any game decided over something as unfair as a DDoS attack. Then again, Valve has already shown they won't make the same mistakes involving DDoS attacks with DotA 2 as Riot did with League of Legends. 

The fans seem to still be in high spirits too.

Dota 2 TI5: CDEC and MvP.Phoenix claim the Wild Card spots https://www.gameskinny.com/uzyzn/dota-2-ti5-cdec-and-mvpphoenix-claim-the-wild-card-spots https://www.gameskinny.com/uzyzn/dota-2-ti5-cdec-and-mvpphoenix-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.

Valve Announces 10 Teams Invited to The International 5 + Prize Pool Breaks 6 Million https://www.gameskinny.com/0v82e/valve-announces-10-teams-invited-to-the-international-5-prize-pool-breaks-6-million https://www.gameskinny.com/0v82e/valve-announces-10-teams-invited-to-the-international-5-prize-pool-breaks-6-million Thu, 07 May 2015 17:58:19 -0400 Leafeator

Just five days after Valve announced The International 5 Compendium, a Dota 2 community item which grants rewards to players and helps to fund the massive tournament's prize pool, Valve finally revealed which teams will be invited to this years dance. In addition, they announced those teams who will be duking it out in the qualifiers to earn the right to join everyone else in Seattle this August. 

Valve decided to be dramatic this year with the unveiling of the list. Every fifteen minutes they released another name on the list, creating a massive amount of suspense once the list got to its final names. 

The ten teams invited to the tournament are as follows: 

  • Vici 
  • Evil Geniuses 
  • Secret
  • IG
  • LGD 
  • Cloud 9
  • Empire
  • Virtus Pro 
  • Newbee
  • Team Malaysia. 

There will be a qualifier for the American, European, Chinese, and South East Asian regions. Finally the last two spots will be left for the wild card teams, or those who finish second in all four regional qualifiers to battle for the last two spots. 

It is an exciting time in the world of Dota 2. With the international looming closer the prize pool is growing rapidly compared to last year. Over five million dollars has been raised by the community, which has unlocked sought after items like Immortal Treasures, Taunts, and HUD styles. You can see the full rewards list of stretch goals on the compendium page here.

All of this is has been taking place in the new balance patch, 6.84, which has proven to once again provide a unique perfect-imbalance to the game in the form of new items, and reworked hero mechanics.