Today is the final day of The International.
We start with three teams and end with one, the Grand Champions.
If you have never watched a professional game being played, now is your chance to see the top three teams in the world compete. You have never seen Dota played at this level. You can watch in the game client or by visiting here.
It isn’t just about the ganks or the stuns – it’s about the emotions, the momentum swings, the competition, the excitement, the teams, the players, the people. This is a sporting event like no other you have witnessed.
While the winner walks away with the biggest single-event prize in the history of competitive gaming, it stopped being about the money a long time ago. Now it is about the top three teams trying to prove who is best in the world.
For a full breakdown of today’s action with spoilers – see our coverage here.
Join us today and let the games begin!
We start today with a best of three match – Na’Vi vs Orange.
Na’Vi has won first place in the 1st International, second in the 2nd, are they destined for third place in the 3rd? No one can count them out yet. They beat Orange in their first meeting on the main stage but lost in two straight to Alliance. Will they keep their eye on the first match or will they be caught looking for revenge later this afternoon?
Orange will be tough competition. After their first loss to Na’Vi, they have won and played more games than anyone else. On Wednesday they followed their loss with a win over Dignitas. After a break on Thursday they started their marathon run – a single elimination win on Friday over Fnatic, then a loss in the first of three against DK. They woke Saturday morning and won two straight against DK and then came back that night to win two of three against TongFu only to have to wake up this morning and face Na’Vi once again.
Alliance waits for the winner. They have cruised through The International with only one loss to DK in both group and main stages. Teams have called them the scariest team they play – but most pick Na’Vi over Alliance to win it all. WIll they prove them wrong and win it all on their first visit to The International?
There are three teams starting today and only one will lift The Aegis of Champions tonight.
We started the morning where we left off last night with the two Lower Bracket best of three matches. Both IG and DK leading one game to zero.
IG had gone to bed thinking of victory, but they woke up to the nightmare of Mushi. Orange came crushing back to knock last year’s champion out of the tournament. It was in two straight dominated wins.
TongFu must have been watching the earlier games and decided to follow suit. They battled with DK but took the two straight needed to play at the end of the day.
The most anticipated match of the day was Alliance vs Na’Vi. In a packed house where nary an empty seat could be found, Alliance showed why they are one of the most feared Dota 2 teams in the world.
Alliance dominated the first game and quickly ran it against Na’Vi. This wasn’t a worry for Na’Vi, losing one game means nothing to them, this is just one step into a long line of games for them.
Na’Vi started the second game dominating Alliance. They took all of Alliances towers across the map in the first 15 minutes, but then they paused… and Alliance took a shot at them as they tried Roshan – it paid off. They stole Rosh, and then went on a 15 minute killing spree – destroying Na’Vi’s advantage and sending them down to the lower bracket in two straight games.
This mean Alliance moves to the Grand Finals and Na’Vi will have to wake up early Sunday morning and win one more match if they want to be in the Grand Finals.
The evening games ended with Orange and TongFu looking to keep playing. The loser would grab 4th place, the winner playing Sunday Morning. The gauntlet of games will ether give them momentum or leaving them exhausted.
Orange took game one but TongFu fought back in game two. One team would take 4th, the other will play Sunday. Orange entered the 3rd game and simply said – We are not going home! They destroyed TongFu and continue their amazing run through the lower bracket.
The games start Sunday at noon and we find out – who will win it all.