Dota 2's The International 2013 returns to Seattle

Valve's five-day eSports tournament brings together 15 Dota 2 teams

Valve has announced the third annual The International championship for Dota 2.

2013's event returns to Seattle's Benaroya Hall, with 15 teams of five from across the world competing for the title. The five-day tournament begins on August 7.

The first team to be invited by Valve is last year's champions Invictus Gaming, with 12 more teams to be announced over the coming weeks.

Two of the remaining spots will be filled by the winners of Valve's East and West qualifiers. GDStudio will host the West qualifier from May 13 to 19, while BeyondTheSummit will handle the East qualifier from May 20 to 26.

The final spot will be awarded to the winners of a Wildcard event that takes place shortly before The International begins. The runners-up of the East and West qualifiers will be allowed to take part in the Wildcard event.

Matches will be viewable directly through the Dota 2 client, and will not require customers purchase a pass in order to watch.

Valve says it will provide more information soon for anyone looking to attend the event live.

The prize pot for this year's The International was not mentioned, but the first prize last year was $1 million dollars.

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exponential7216
exponential7216

i just wanna be able to skip the tutorial....Im never able to finish because the dang thing's bugs keep happening...grrr...maybe next update 

feleas
feleas

I know Martin Gaston doesn't always look like that, but his picture creeps me the ____ out. excited about how this tournament turns out though haha

Tremblay343
Tremblay343

If the 12 teams are west/china split I want QPAD to win that wildcard so bad.

Zorine
Zorine moderator staffmoderator

HECK YEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!

vadagar1
vadagar1

ONE MILLION DOLLARS :D


DAFQ can u imagne the pressure XD


I would die

megakick
megakick

I have played DOTA 2 and it is more accessible then DotA. Dota 2 updated a few rules making it a little more forgiven if you screw up then DotA. When Blizzard DotA comes out there will be no more DOTA 2.

DOTA 2 has too much micro-managing and the fights are really short, not very much fun...

meatz666
meatz666

Dammit, got to the wrong page.

Though that the article was about the best MOBA, LoL, but is about that Warcraft 3 mod where kids keep asking others to kill themselves?

(yes, I'm kidding. Not trolling)

omar_q
omar_q

Dota 2 got boring too fast for me, so meh.

Vambran
Vambran

Every time i see a Dota 2 tournament , i log onto steam to try and buy it. Only to find out the game is not released yet..... grrr.

bhmg
bhmg

Hell yeah...Want to see Navi against IG again this year XD

Bregzeinkul
Bregzeinkul

Is Shaun going to attend this year? :P

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

Maybe Nintendo should make a Nintendo DOTA and focus on enhancing the online multiplayer of their consoles with it. It would actually be enjoyable with the gamepad and separate it from other MOBAs.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

Esport for the game which is still in Beta mode LOL

Spyre1984
Spyre1984

My friend went and bought himself a copy while I was sitting with 10 or more keys in my steam inventory. What a cost!

Tauu
Tauu

Yay Dota 2!

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

I'm not into the MOBA scene, but isn't DOTA 2 still in pre access, i.e not yet released?

Zaknaifen
Zaknaifen

@Zorine Dota 2 Diaries rebirth? I'm still waiting for Team Zorine vs. Team Ed.

sandgroper
sandgroper

@megakick blizzard acknowledges they won't even be able to compete with dota/lol so they are just making it an action-oriented game mode for casuals that find regular sc2 multiplayer too difficult

vadagar1
vadagar1

@megakick LLOLOLOLLOLLOLOLLL yah blizzrad stopped making good games a while back buddy...

and dota is Icefrog's baby not blizzard 

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Yea lol is far superior to dota 2. Not a opinion kids, it's the truths... Cry for me

martingaston
martingaston moderator

@brosim1104 There is NOTHING fail about OD :( He puts people in a magic space prison. 

brosim1104
brosim1104

@Vambran  lol if u want i give you free invite. add me on steam and everyone else that wants a free key. i got like 20. "shiver_good" steam name. And also, u can buy a key from steam :-) the game is out but not "officialy".

megakick
megakick

@BrutalPandaX2 MOBA games bring out the worst in people. I don't think Nintendo wants those kind of people.

solid_snake_CRO
solid_snake_CRO

@MAD_AI It's still in BETA but there is a lot of players participating. The BETA key is really easy to get.

WarL0rdzz
WarL0rdzz

@MAD_AI Yea it's still beta. Tho alot of invites have been given away so more like a very open beta.

megakick
megakick

@vadagar1 @megakick LOL is right more people care about LoL then DOTA 2 and if it wasn't forValve throwing money into the endless beta that is DOTA 2 the game would have been scrapped months ago.... Blizzard is crap? SC 2 > DOTA 2.

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Who gives a shit about your opinion scrub

Nirvesta
Nirvesta

@DrizztDark I've never played Dota 2 or Lol, but I can say from an outsider's perspective that LoL players or supporters seem to be much more prone to trolling, aggravation and generally being a 'tool' than the Dota players i've seen on various forums.

Just an observation... 

Stebsis
Stebsis

@WarL0rdzz @MAD_AI Yeah, I must have like 20 or so Dota 2 keys in my steam inventory :D they just keep giving them even if I don't play the game.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@vadagar1 @megakick I got burned by the Diablo 3 Collectors edition, the expansion best bring something good to the table or tables will be flipped.

Also Valve>Blizzrd>Riot :P

vadagar1
vadagar1

@megakick @vadagar1 valve are making money from dota 2 cause its free to play, u buy tickets for events and vanity items.... which in no way affect the game play (its not p2win) 


blizzard got SC2 left which is a very good game other than that... is all bad, got D3 and what a waste of money

DrizztDark
DrizztDark

Nah it's both games.... And why are you even commenting when you don't play either scrub nub