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Dates revealed for Dota’s International

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One of the biggest events in eSports each year is Dota 2’s The International. With the top teams going head to head, it is like the Super Bowl or Curry Cup for eSports. Even people who don’t play much Dota watch it; it’s made particularly accessible with excellent viewing options. And it’s coming back this year a little later in the calendar.

Valve is already preparing for The International and has some information to share:

We wanted to share some information about The International so that you’re able to start making room in your schedules. This year the Main Event in Seattle will include 16 teams and will run for 6 full days, from Monday August 3rd through Saturday August 8th. Ticket availability will be announced on this blog prior to going on sale. Team invitations will occur shortly after May 1st.

I suppose this is to work around team schedules – July is often a mess of championships and moving The International later in the year should give teams a bit more breathing room. Plus, it just means that we can start speculating about which teams will be invited with even more lead time.

My biggest question this year is how big the prize pool will be. Thanks to the genius invention of the Compendium, viewers can get involved, contribute to the prize pool, and be rewarded for watching matches. It’s a brilliant form of engagement and is guaranteed to keep growing. I can’t wait to see those numbers climb, and all the cool new features that will be added as each reach goal is smashed.

Will you be watching this year? Do you already have a favorite team to root for?

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Last Updated: January 8, 2015

15 Comments

  1. hairyknees

    January 8, 2015 at 14:04

    FINALLY! Makes sense for them to have it over a few days, with the final being on a Saturday.

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    • Quo Vadis?

      January 8, 2015 at 14:07

      Welcome back. Now we can pick on someone else instead of Rants a lot etc ;P

      Reply

      • hairyknees

        January 8, 2015 at 14:58

        MY BODY IS READY!

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        • Blood Emperor Trevor

          January 8, 2015 at 15:02

          Which one is you?

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          • hairyknees

            January 8, 2015 at 17:24

            The one on the left πŸ˜›

    • Matthew Holliday

      January 8, 2015 at 15:14

      final being on saturday is the best, trying to wake up for work after the ti2 and 3 finals was tough.

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      • hairyknees

        January 8, 2015 at 18:12

        Amen πŸ˜›

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  2. Blood Emperor Trevor

    January 8, 2015 at 14:07

    I’ll definitely watch the Curry Cup.

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    • Hammersteyn

      January 8, 2015 at 14:09

      XD “Curry”

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      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        January 8, 2015 at 14:11

        It was a nice try πŸ˜€

        Reply

  3. b1nd3r

    January 8, 2015 at 14:10

    we all know there will be TI5 this year……Valve posts “There will be a TI5 this year”………….Internet blows up -.- retards much πŸ˜›

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    • Matthew Holliday

      January 8, 2015 at 15:13

      its more of a “Save the date” thing, for the benefit of other event holders, rather than the public.

      last year was a mega cock up in terms of the event schedule. by the time ti4 came around, events were cancelled, tensions between team mates were high and everyone was jetlagged to shit after flying to 4 different lan finals in 4 different countries over the space of 2 weeks.

      navi alone did sweden to china to USA in one week or something stupid.

      also saves the “gaben pls, when ti5?” questions that would plague the internet had they not announced it.

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      • Scruff304

        January 8, 2015 at 15:39

        And to add to that, it also allows team to plan tournaments and things like that leading up to the tournament, and allows them to not burn out… Perhaps they need a break before doing final prep for the championship. And then of course the fans. If gives them the chance to plan the hotel bookings and travel needs well in advance to try save as much as possible.
        I’ve only gotten into Dota over the last few months (After TI4) So I’m really looking to this…

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  4. Skuifspeld

    January 8, 2015 at 14:46

    My leave is booked for that week. And the best is Monday 10 August is a public holiday. So cudos for having a Sunday and Monday to recover from Dota overload!

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  5. ToshZA

    January 8, 2015 at 14:52

    Ah Dota Compeniums. Here to take my money. And lots of awesome dota!

    Also, Cloud9 FTW!

    Reply

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