Valve's Dota 2 The International 3 Main Event begins

Third year of Dota 2 Championships underway in Seattle, with the world's best teams battling for $2.8 million in prize money.

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Today marks the start of the main event and playoffs for Valve's third year of Dota 2 Championships - The International 3 held at Benaroya Hall in Seattle--where 16 of the best teams in the world will battle it out for over $2.8 million in prize money.

Competition began on August 3 with two groups of eight teams, with every team in each group playing against each other in a series of two games. Nearly 400,000 people watched concurrently live the first day, and 600,000 on the second and third, surpassing last year's peak numbers. International 3 favorites Alliance from Sweden and previous champions Na'Vi from Ukraine won their groups, with Alliance going undefeated in 14 straight games.

"I think we do a good job of not putting much pressure on ourselves," Alliance Captain Jonathan "Loda" Berg told GameSpot. "We just try to play our best, and if our best is good enough to win, we are okay with that."

Both teams could meet in the Winners Bracket Finals if they win their next two games. "If we do reach the Upper Bracket finals, we expect to play Na'Vi in that match," Berg said.

"Alliance doing too good," said Na'Vi's Danylo "Dendi" Ishutin, impressed by Alliance's performance from the first three days. "Good sign for European and North American Dota though. Na’Vi best team USA?"

Both teams went combined 7-1 against the Chinese Dota teams, including Alliance's wins over International 2 Champions iG. Coming into the International 3 both teams have now won major tournaments on Chinese soil, a feat that had never been accomplished in previous years.

"I also think that a really big reason why both we and Na'Vi are able to perform so well against the Chinese is that we are not predictable," said Berg. "In previous years, the Chinese teams have dictated the metagame, which caused Western teams to over-react and over-adapt. This year, Chinese teams have been forced to react more than in previous years and I think that's throwing them off a little bit. Also, I think this year is the first year in DotA 2 that the Western teams are on par with the Chinese teams in terms of raw skill."

"But, I don't think you should read too much into group stages. In the playoffs, the Chinese could definitely bounce back and adapt."

Alliance chose LGD to play first round in the playoffs, a decision that was surprising to some considering LGD's own accomplished play as of late.

"We don't really fear anyone, at all, and we feel comfortable playing against the Chinese teams," Berg said regarding the pick. "But, Fnatic was one of our most frequent bootcamp opponents, so it didn't make sense to pick them over LGD when they are so much more familiar with us compared to LGD. So, due to that, LGD is the better choice for us. We decided to choose the team that won the tiebreaker between Dignitas and LGD."

Although both teams are confident from the group stages, as Berg says the playoffs are a different matter. The playoffs are where championship teams truly show off what they can offer.

"We feel decent," said Ishutin, "but now the real deal starts. All four of the Chinese teams are strong. Besides the Winner Brackets nothing matters much."

Fnatic's performance surprised Ishutin, as they were able to land the third spot in Group A. North American teams Team Liquid and Dignitas who had strong performances of their own on the first two days, missed out on opportunities on the final day.

"We went into day two and three with a great amount of confidence, but did not deliver the results we were hoping for," Team Liquid Manager Robin Nymann told GameSpot. "It was especially very hard on all of us to lose 0-2 to iG since even if we just won a single game, we would have been second place in the group and faced off Fnatic in the upper bracket instead of the loser's bracket."

"That being said, I think we have a pretty good draw of games in the lower bracket. It's going to be incredibly hard, but it's definitely doable. If we overcome our greatest opponent--ourselves; we'll make the money."

The playoffs begin today at 12 PM PST/3 PM EST, with a full schedule available. An All-Star match will be played at the end of the day today, with the finals of the Solo 1v1 Championships played August 8 between Zenith's Daryl "iceiceice" Koh Pei Xiang and Orange's Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung.

Watch the event live on GameSpot from today through August 11. GameSpot eSports will be live on-site at The International.

Discussion

62 comments
Jerrymedic
Jerrymedic

"3" Main events, half-life 3 confirmed.

bbrruunnoo
bbrruunnoo

fatso, leave dota 2 alone and start working on half life 3... no one wants you to lose time there and delay hl3 or it's eventualy going to lose the attention...

José A. Benítez
José A. Benítez

DOTA 2 is unplayable on a mac running Nvidia Geforce 320m. In requirements its saids is compatible but the game FPS is so bad that is not worth playing. Sticking to League of Legends for now until they fix those issues.

GameSpot
GameSpot

Well with $2.8 million in prizes there's probably a few more that. Otherwise that'd be a pretty awesome EV for contenders.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

"The International 3 Main Event begins"

Theres a 3 in it, Half-Life 3 confirmed.

drokmore
drokmore

Big money prizes is great to see on a pc game.

vadagar1
vadagar1

GOO ALLIANCE YAHHHHH WOHOOOOO

:D

frozenux
frozenux

Good to see Dota 2 gaining steam (see what i did there...)

manutdarsenal
manutdarsenal

Gotta love Valve. The have a way of Uniting PC gamers.

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

steam sucks pc fanbois ben dover for more DRM everey day more and mre.

enjoy your ditigal dirm, pc fanboys.

Zionmaster
Zionmaster

@José A. Benítez Or you know maybe upgrade that garbage graphics card you are trying to game on instead of blaming the game itself. "compatible" does not mean it's going to run amazing for you sorry you thought that. But then again what can you expect from anyone who owns a mac and tries to game on it.

CCGR_Pheonix
CCGR_Pheonix

@brokenapples Guy on the left is Chaun, one of the competitors from a chinese team in the tournament, no clue about the middle, guy on the right is obviously Gabe Newell, the God of PC gaming.

The dog is a dog, so it's awesome.

ghost590
ghost590

@Mega_Loser  theres  a thing on steam called  offline mode.  

oh and  DRM on steam  isnt a  bad thing. just trying to kill pirates!!!!


btw im a consoler game  i quite  pc bc  of pirates 

manutdarsenal
manutdarsenal

@Mega_Loser lol. what a loser. the fact that you took the time to read and belittle an article that is entirely PC related shows some serious mental issues or maybe you just can't admit it to yourself that the PC platform is actually really good and very generous.

frozenux
frozenux

@Mega_Loser I'm french and English is most certainly not my forte but i do believe there are few mistakes in your sentences, Sir.

mouse314
mouse314

@Mega_Loser i never wanted to kick someone in their stupid face more that i want to kick you right now.

bbrruunnoo
bbrruunnoo

@Zionmaster the graphics card should be more thanb enough to run the 10 year old source engine. if it's not it's because it's not well optimized

frozenux
frozenux

@mouse314 @Mega_Loser Mega_Loser is a double agent working for the Gaben Army.Keep it to yourself and don't tell anyone!!!

headbanger1186
headbanger1186

@Mega_Loser @jteag PC owners don't have to trade because we don't need to stack our games up and get screwed out of trading them for pennies on the dollar, we get our games at a lower price and enjoy a strong community without the hassle of a yearly fee. Console peasants never learn.

jophy
jophy

@Mega_Loser i have both and I enjoy both platforms. I think different genres fit better on different platform. It is unfortunate you choose to be intolerant and not enjoy the best of both worlds. But to each own.

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

@bankai_456  

haha you made me lauhg master race of dirm and cheap people that buy on sale console have no dirm and we have phisical disk i have a TON of dvd case inside of my home an i can trade and sell.

frozenux
frozenux

@bankai_456 

It's too late to banish him...he already left...

bankai_456
bankai_456

@Mega_Loser @bankai_456 you are a disgrace to our race. YOU HAVE BEEN BANISHED FROM THE MASTER RACE.

Mega_Loser
Mega_Loser

@bankai_456

lel not anymare i bougt a PS3 pc suc