The International 2013

The International 2013: Grand Finals in review

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Last night, Seattle's Benaroya Hall hosted the grand final of The International 3, Valve's humongous Dota 2 tournament. We sent Chris along to report from the event, cheer himself hoarse, and attempt experimental breakdancing moves. You can find his thoughts on the final inside.

All of the tournament's matches are available from The International 3 site. Both that link, and this post, contain spoilers.

The International 2013: day four in review

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When I left Benaroya Hall late last night the final three competitors in the tournament had been decided. It's been a really exciting competition, with major upsets and strong showings from teams that few would have predicted would make it this far into the big money. Today promises to be one of the biggest contests in e-sports history. It feels like hyperbole to lay it out like that, but it's hard to see how it could be any different: from the prize pool to the level of play, competitive Dota has never been this strong.

The International 2013: day three in review

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Another day of Dota 2 that'll get talked about for a while. At the beginning of the day, every team left in the tournament had made it into the top eight and was guaranteed to walk away with a payout equivalent to the entire prize pools of other competitions - but the reduced risk didn't prevent teams from fighting bitterly for a space at the top.

The International 2013: day two in review

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Yesterday proved a number of things. First and foremost, that the best teams in the world are the best for a reason; second, that the crowd in Benaroya Hall is capable of keeping up their energy and morale pretty much indefinitely.

The International 2013: day one in review

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I sat down with a friend to watch the first game of TI3 and it struck both of us that the event's incredible production values make you feel like your hobby is being legitimised right in front of your eyes. It's not flashy - Benaroya Hall is a concert value, and wouldn't allow for rotating stages or fireworks - but it's very, very slick.

The International 2013: what you need to know to get started

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The main event of the Dota 2 International kicks off in a few hours, but a lot has already happened. Four days of preliminary matches have seen some serious upsets in terms of both team performance and the overall metagame – most of the players I've spoken to are expecting real drama when the matches move to Seattle's Benaroya Hall today. If you have even a vague interest in e-sports, you should be watching. In this post, I'm going to go over the basics and suggest the best ways to find matches, updates and analysis throughout the event.