June 22nd, 2017

Dota 2 International ends

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The third Dota 2 International – the biggest eSports tournament there is – is over, and the $2.87 million USD prize pool has been distributed out.

Spoilers below, obviously. If you’d prefer not to know who won, then stop reading now.

In the International’s first full five-game Grand Final, the Swedish team Alliance bested Natus Vincere (Na`Vi) 3-2, winning the Aegis of Champions trophy and a cool $2 million USD.

The last time they fought – in the final of the Winner’s Bracket, yesterday – Alliance crushed Na`Vi 2-0. This time around, things weren’t quite so one-sided.

The first match went to Alliance in a brutal 16-minute smackdown, but Na`Vi completely turned the tables in the second match, dominating the Swedish giants over the course of the next 20 minutes. From then on the contest was a lot more closely fought, right up until a phenomenal final game in which Na`Vi looked dominant… right up until Alliance fought them away from what looked like a definite Na`Vi Roshan kill.

Na`Vi pushed hard after this, but Alliance left them dithering and looking indecisive by retaliating with a split push that saw Na`Vi trade two of their barracks for one of Alliance’s, and – while still in with a chance – the final blow came soon after, with another hard push on Na`Vi’s Ancient. While Na`Vi looked like they might be able to bat this back and stay in the game, some superb Puck play by Alliance captain S4 (Gustaf Magnusson) cancelled out multiple Na`Vi TPs and left the Ancient open long enough for the rest of his team to take it down.

Happily, Na`Vi were once again gracious in defeat. This was their third Grand Final and the second time they’ve fallen at the last hurdle, and an interview with team captain Puppey (Clement Ivanov) saw him congratulating his victorious foes and expressing his continued love for the game, the fans, and the tournament itself.

And if none of this made any sense to you, you probably want to go and have a read of our ongoing Beginner’s Guide to Dota 2.

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  • Tim McDonald

    Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing things about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning some really terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.

    • fsj

      My only gripe is the time the final took place for people in Europe (and I’m sure other places accross the globe). Managed to catch some of the Na’Vi vs. Orange games before hand, though. There was a high level of European involvement/interest in the tournament but most people with a job on the Monday morning will have missed the final. I know there are replays but that’s not the same.

      This tournament was the first pro tournament in any game I have watched and was surprisingly enjoyable. It’ll probably be TI4 when I watch my next pro game but as the money gets bigger in the pro gaming scene it will keep growing in popularity. The way the prize pool was handled with the compendiums was a great idea as well.

      • Rushster

        I stayed up and watched it and despite what I thought, I really enjoyed the final, even if I wasn’t sure wtf they were talking about half the time :p

    • Zalis

      I think the time problem is one inherent to a game played around the globe. The first TI was in Germany, and that wasn’t perfect, either.

      All in all, though, I was really impressed by how Valve handled the event. My only gripe would be the lack of a closing ceremony. For viewers online, the feed just cut off in the post-game.

    • Samurai Turtle

      That initial split push that took 2 lanes for Alliance saw some really bad play from Na`Vi.

      After re-watching the game replay via the client.. I saw that Dendi didn’t have a TP scroll, and XBOCT voluntarily did not teleport and opted to kill S4.

      Only Puppey’s TP was actually cancelled in that defense attempt.

      Also, they had actually broken the melee rax before Alliance could even destroyed a single tier 3 tower.. They could have instead forced Alliance into a Base rush, and 5 heroes can still push faster than even a Prophet and a CK. If Alliance tried to defend, Dendi’s fed TA would have made short work of them.

      Of course, the play that sealed the victory for Alliance was that double TP cancel from s4 that prevented Dendi and Puppey to defend in time. But Na`vi really killed themselves with all that hesitation in the mid lane.

    • Kiroptus

      *cries hysterically*