The International 4 Finals: The Winners!

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If you had to sum up this year’s DOTA 2 International tournament, you’d probably end up using the word ‘unpredictable’. The giants crashed out early, the favourites slowly fell near the end and the underdogs ruled the roost. I mean, who would’ve thought a team that nearly failed at the Playoff stages would end up dominating the competition at the Main Event, eventually taking the crown? Not many, but NewBee were out to impress.

That’s exactly what they did during the Grand Finals of The International 4 last night, dominating ViCi Gaming in the most one-sided final yet. The best of five final kicked off with a fairly interesting match, with ViCi Gaming making their intentions known early on. They were in this to win it, somewhat dominating NewBee tactically in the first of potentially five games. They looked stronger…

…until NewBee decided it was time to wake up.

The second match was definitely not as one-sided as the two that followed, but NewBee were showcasing a new level of play already at this stage. Their drafts were better, their play absolutely outstanding and ultimately they were just too much for VG. It’s easy to say they were dominated, but this was a case of NewBee just playing much better DOTA than their opponents.

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That was even more evident in the third match, and by the fourth VG looked absolutely broken. The game was virtually decided in the opening minutes, with NewBee not holding back. Just a few minutes later, VG knew they had lost and conceded before the 20 minute mark, marking an end to a truly one-sided final. Definitely not the most exciting end to the amazing tournament, but still great to watch.

NewBee walk away with just over $5 million in prize money, while VG claimed a second prize of close to $1.5 million. All in all, it was yet another amazing International tournament, made better by Valve’s growing commitment to the eSport and the community’s involvement. I personally can’t wait to see what’s in store next year.

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Last Updated: July 22, 2014

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Admiral Chief Saxon

    So now that there are less Dota things to talk/write about, we can FINALLY get the intern to play and write about the kardashian game!

    • hairyknees


      • VampyreSquirrel

        Hey, don’t shout at your readers… we’ll boycott your articles!

        • hairyknees

          I’ll boycott the readers too! Wait, that’s now how this game works 😛

          • Thats_how_I_Troll

            So have you decided which Kardashian you are gonna be? ;P you sound like the ugly stepsister?? They have an ugly stepsister right?

          • hairyknees

            I will be the ugly Porra store owner who dreams of making it big in Hollywood!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Selling gourmet cabbage-flavoured fish & chips to the stars?

    • Lord Chaos


    • MakeItLegal

      thats so dirty

      i like u , u can stay

  • Kensei Seraph

    Maybe I should have bet some items…

    • Willem Van Wyk

      Bet 4 rareZ, won 3 rareZ back 😀

      • Kensei Seraph

        Not bad.

        Just out of curiosity, but is your S key broken?

        • Willem Van Wyk

          Na, my spelling check told me “rares” isn’t a real word, so I went doto

  • Matthew Holliday

    was the most boring final ever.
    who calls GG while the thrones still up in the last game?

    • hairyknees

      Yeah, rest of tourney was so so so good. Final was meh :/

      • Matthew Holliday

        group stages etc were fun to watch.
        but in the main event, the most interesting thing was the offlane veno and support WD. thats a really boring main event.

    • Nick

      … Why would you not call gg? Was over at 5min, they spent 15min trying to do something to salvage the game and just kept getting smashed. Why prolong the torture?

      • Matthew Holliday

        5 million reasons to prolong it.
        would you not try everything and anything?
        wait for mistakes, even if they dont come, look at the LGD vs DK comeback.

    • Guest

      I think there was a fight within VG or something. Just got this from Maelk’s twitter “One minute prior to the GG call, Super was unplugging his earplugs and put his shoes back on. Just another day at the office.”

      • Matthew Holliday

        sounds like they were taking notes from Newbee, lol.

  • Skyblue

    Alessandro, how about some Quake Live coverage of Quakecon 2014? Cypher just went on to win his 11th major title making him probably the greatest Quake player in history. The finals against Dahang show you the sickest skill (accuracy and tactics) you’ll ever see in a FPS title.

    • Rags

      Preach it. Seems like dota is the only esport game on LG radar.

  • I must admit, the grand final games were a bit of an anticlimax because of their one sided nature, I expected more from VG in terms of putting up a fight, especially when you consider their group stage and lower bracket run. Newbee played some Dota though, pity VG didn’t respond in kind (despite their convincing game 1 victory).

    • Eric

      VG’s picks really didn’t make sense. Or perhaps they just can’t win without the DP and rasta picks for push.

  • MichaelMatusowsky

    That marriage proposal was more climactic than the final.

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