The International

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The International, often abbreviated as TI, is an annual tournament organized by Valve. In 2015 Valve increased their number of hosted events, founding the Dota Major Championships which incorporates The International into its structure. The International remains the biggest and most prestigious event on the Major Championship circuit.

The first International was held in Cologne, Germany, during the trade show Gamescom, in order to unveil Dota 2 to worldwide audiences. It drew attention due to its staggering $1.6 million USD prize pool (with $1 million for the champion). 16 teams were invited to play for the title.

In 2012 The International moved to Seattle, Washington. The prize pool remained at $1.6 million USD. Only 14 teams were invited; two additional slots were awarded to the winners of regional qualifiers.

Since 2013, the Dota 2 community has been able to contribute to the prize pool. The total prize of The International 2013 grew to $2.8 million USD. In 2014, the prize pool surpassed $10 million. In 2016, it eclipsed $20 million, making The International the biggest esports tournament in terms of prize pool.

Tournaments[edit]

Tournament
Date
Prize
P#
Location
Winner
Runner-up
Aug 2 - 12, 2017
$24,787,916
18 teams
USA Seattle, United States
  Liquid
  Newbee
Aug 2 - 13, 2016
$20,770,460
16 teams
USA Seattle, United States
  Wings
  DC
Jul 27 - Aug 8, 2015
$18,429,613
16 teams
USA Seattle, United States
  EG
  CDEC
Jul 8 - 21, 2014
$10,923,977
16 teams
USA Seattle, United States
  Newbee
  VG
Aug 2 - 11, 2013
$2,874,380
16 teams
USA Seattle, United States
  [A]
  Na`Vi
Aug 26 - Sep 2, 2012
$1,600,000
16 teams
USA Seattle, United States
  iG
  Na`Vi
Aug 17 - 21, 2011
$1,600,000
16 teams
Germany Cologne, Germany
  Na`Vi
  EHOME

Prize Pool[edit]

Tournament Date Prize Pool % Of Previous Year Fundraising Days Average Amount Per Day1
The International 2011 2011 (2011.08.17-2011.08.21) $1,600,000 - - -
The International 2012 2012 (2012.08.26-2012.09.02) $1,600,000 100% - -
The International 2013 2013 (2013.08.03-2013.08.11) $2,874,380 180% 98 $13,004
The International 2014 2014 (2014.07.08-2014.07.21) $10,923,977 380% 73 $127,726
The International 2015 2015 (2015.07.27-2015.08.08) $18,429,613 169% 101 $166,630
The International 2016 2016 (2016.08.03-2016.08.13) $20,770,460 113% 90 $213,005
The International 2017 2017 (2017.08.07-2017.08.12) $24,787,916 119% 101 $229,583
1 This average does not include Valve's $1,600,000 base prize pool

Team participation[edit]

As of 2017, 57 different teams have appeared in the group stages of The International.

Every year Valve hands out direct invites to certain teams, usually the defending champion and the best performing teams in the months leading up to the tournament.
Although the first International was exclusively invitational, in 2012 Valve implemented the qualifying phase. Since then, the number of qualification spots has increased, and the number of invitations has decreased.

If a team changes its roster during a roster lock period, they are relegated to the open qualifiers, an additional tier of qualifying phase added in 2015 which allows for any team to register and play for the place at the finals.[1]

Invictus Gaming has been invited more than any other team (6 invites total).

Qualifying[edit]

INV Directly invited to the tournament
MQ Qualified - started from the main qualifier phase
OQ Qualified - started from the open qualifier phase
WC Qualified as a wild card
- Didn't participate
Participation spreadsheet by team
Team 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
INV/Total Teams 16/16 14/16 13/16 11/16 10/16 6/16 6/18
INV INV INV INV MQ INV -
INV INV INV INV INV - INV
- INV MQ MQ INV INV MQ
- INV - INV INV OQ INV
- - INV INV INV MQ MQ
INV INV - - MQ MQWC -
- - INV MQ - INV INV
- - - INV INV INV INV
- INV INV INV - - -
- INV MQ MQ - - -
- - INV INV - MQ -
- - INV - INV - INV
- - - INV INV - MQ2
- - - INV INV - MQ
- - - - INV OQ MQ
INV INV - - - - -
INV - INV - - - -
- INV INV - - - -
- INV INV - - - -
- MQ INV - - - -
- INV - - MQ - -
- - - INV INV - -
- - - - MQWC INV -
- - - - - INV INV
- - - - - MQ MQ
- - - - - OQ MQ
INV - - - - - -
INV - - - - - -
INV - - - - - -
INV - - - - - -
INV - - - - - -
INV - - - - - -
INV - - - - - -
INV - - - - - -
INV - - - - - -
INV - - - - - -
INV - - - - - -
- INV - - - - -
- INV - - - - -
- INV - - - - -
- MQ - - - - -
- - INV - - - -
- - INV - - - -
- - MQWC - - - -
- - - INV - - -
- - - MQ - - -
- - - MQ1 - - -
- - - - MQ - -
- - - - MQWC - -
- - - - - MQ -
- - - - - MQ -
- - - - - MQWC -
- - - - - - MQ
- - - - - - MQ
- - - - - - MQ
- - - - - - OQ
- - - - - - OQ3

Results by year[edit]

  • WC: Qualified for the Wild Card phase, but still not qualified for Group Stage.
  • NQ: Not Qualified from qualifers/open qualifers.
  •   -  : Not participate in the tournament (disbanded, inactive, or not founded).
Team Best Worst Total
Ap.
TI 1 TI 2 TI 3 TI 4 TI 5 TI 6 TI 7
A11st Z8NQ 6(7) A11st A22nd A22nd A77 - 8th B313 - 16th B313 - 16th Z8NQ
A11st Z8NQ 6(7) A55 - 6th A11st A55 - 6th A77 - 8th A99 - 12th Z8NQ A55 - 6th
A11st Z8NQ 5(6) Z8- A99 - 12th Z8NQ A33rd A11st A33rd A99 - 12th
A11st B313 - 16th 4 Z8- Z8- Z8- A11st B313 - 16th A99 - 12th A22nd
A11st Z8NQ 3(5) Z8- Z8- A11st B111 - 12th Z8NQ A99 - 12th Z8NQ
A11st Z8NQ 1(2) Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8NQ A11st Z8-
A11st A99 - 10th 4 Z8- Z8- A77 - 8th A99 - 10th Z8- A77 - 8th A11st
A22nd Z8NQ 4(5) A22nd A55 - 6th Z8- Z8- A55 - 6th A55 - 6th Z8NQ
A22nd Z8NQ 2(5) Z8- Z8- Z8NQ A22nd A44th Z8NQ Z8NQ
A22nd A99 - 12th 2 Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A22nd A99 - 12th
A22nd Z8NQ 1(3) Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A22nd Z8NQ Z8NQ
A33rd A99 - 12th 6 Z8- A33rd A99 - 12th A55 - 6th A33rd A99 - 12th A44th
A33rd Z8NQ 2(3) Z8- A77 - 8th A33rd Z8NQ Z8- Z8- Z8-
A33rd A33rd 1 A33rd Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
A33rd A33rd 1 Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A33rd
A44th B317 - 18th 5 Z8- Z8- A77 - 8th B313 - 14th B313 - 16th A44th B317 - 18th
A44th Z8NQ 3(4) Z8- A44th A55 - 6th A44th Z8NQ Z8- Z8-
A44th Z8NQ 2(5) Z8- A77 - 8th A44th Z8NQ Z8NQ Z8NQ Z8-
A44th Z8NQ 1(2) A44th Z8- Z8- Z8NQ Z8- Z8- Z8-
A55 - 6th Z8NQ 3(6) Z8- Z8NQ B313 - 16th I1WC A55 - 6th Z8NQ A55 - 6th
A55 - 6th I1WC 2(3) Z8- Z8- Z8- I1WC A77 - 8th A55 - 6th Z8-
A55 - 6th A99 - 12th 2 Z8- A55 - 6th A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
A55 - 6th B313 - 16th 3 Z8- Z8- Z8- A55 - 6th A99 - 12th Z8- B313 - 16th2
A55 - 6th B313 - 16th 2 A55 - 6th B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
A77 - 8th Z8NQ 3(5) Z8- Z8- Z8NQ B313 - 14th A99 - 12th Z8NQ A77 - 8th
A77 - 8th B313 - 16th 3 Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A77 - 8th B313 - 16th A99 - 12th
A77 - 8th Z8NQ 2(3) Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8NQ A77 - 8th A99 - 12th
A77 - 8th A99 - 12th 2 Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A99 - 12th A77 - 8th
A77 - 8th Z8NQ 1(4) A77 - 8th Z8NQ Z8NQ Z8NQ Z8- Z8- Z8-
A77 - 8th A77 - 8th 1 A77 - 8th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
A99 - 10th A99 - 10th 1 Z8- Z8- Z8- A99 - 10th Z8- Z8- Z8-
A99 - 12th Z8NQ 2(4) Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- A99 - 12th I1WC Z8NQ
A99 - 12th B313 - 16th 2 A99 - 12th Z8- B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
A99 - 12th Z8NQ 1(7) A99 - 12th Z8NQ Z8NQ Z8NQ Z8NQ Z8NQ Z8NQ
A99 - 12th A99 - 12th 1 A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
A99 - 12th A99 - 12th 1 A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
A99 - 12th A99 - 12th 1 Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
A99 - 12th A99 - 12th 1 Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
A99 - 12th A99 - 12th 1 Z8- Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
A99 - 12th A99 - 12th 1 Z8- Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
B111 - 12th Z8NQ 3(5) Z8- B313 - 16th B313 - 16th B111 - 12th Z8NQ Z8- Z8NQ
B313 - 16th Z8NQ 1(4) Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8NQ Z8NQ I1WC B313 - 16th
B313 - 16th Z8NQ 1(2) Z8- B313 - 16th Z8NQ Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
B313 - 16th Z8NQ 1(2) Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- B313 - 16th Z8NQ Z8-
B313 - 16th Z8NQ 1(2) Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8NQ B313 - 16th
B313 - 16th Z8NQ 1(2) Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8NQ B313 - 16th
B313 - 16th B313 - 16th 1 B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
B313 - 16th B313 - 16th 1 B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
B313 - 16th B313 - 16th 1 B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
B313 - 16th B313 - 16th 1 B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
B313 - 16th B313 - 16th 1 Z8- B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
B313 - 16th B313 - 16th 1 Z8- Z8- B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8-
B313 - 16th B313 - 16th 1 Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- B313 - 16th Z8-
B313 - 16th B313 - 16th 1 Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- B313 - 16th Z8-
B515 - 16th B515 - 16th 1 Z8- Z8- Z8- B515 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8-
B515 - 16th B515 - 16th 1 Z8- Z8- Z8- B515 - 16th1 Z8- Z8- Z8-
B317 - 18th Z8NQ 1(2) Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8NQ Z8- B317 - 18th3
1 Na`Vi North America picks up the roster of North American Rejects.
2 Cloud9 picks up the roster of Team NP.
3 HellRaisers picks up the roster of Planet Dog.

Player participation[edit]

Most Appearances[edit]

Player TI 1 TI 2 TI 3 TI 4 TI 5 TI 6 TI 7
Macau ddc
Germany KuroKy
Estonia Puppey
USA UNiVeRsE *
Ukraine Dendi -
Singapore iceiceice -
China Hao -
China LaNm -
Denmark MiSeRy -
China MMY! -
China xiao8 -
China Faith -
China Yao -

Participants by nation[edit]

Nation/Region TI 1 TI 2 TI 3 TI 4 TI 5 TI 6 TI 7 Total
App.
China China 19 23 23 21 27 21 22 156
Malaysia Malaysia 5 6 13 12 6 5 4 51
USA United States 2 7 8 10 9 8 4 48
Ukraine Ukraine 3 6 5 6 12 4 5 41
Sweden Sweden 2 4 7 9 2 11 3 38
Russia Russia 7 8 6 2 7 2 5 37
Canada Canada 1 4 4 6 5 3 4 27
Germany Germany 3 3 6 5 2 4 3 26
Philippines Philippines 5 - - - - 10 11 26
Denmark Denmark 9 3 3 2 2 4 2 25
South Korea South Korea - - - - 7 5 5 17
Singapore Singapore 5 4 3 1 2 1 - 16
France France 5 3 3 - - - - 11
Australia Australia - 4 - - 1 1 2 8
Estonia Estonia 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
Macau Macau 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
Finland Finland - - 1 1 1 2 2 7
Israel Israel - - 1 1 1 1 2 6
Thailand Thailand 5 - - - - - - 5
Peru Peru - - - - - - 5 5
Romania Romania 1 - - 1 1 1 - 4
Jordan Jordan - - - - - 2 2 4
Czech Republic Czech Republic 3 - - - - - - 3
Netherlands Netherlands - 2 - 1 - - - 3
Pakistan Pakistan - - - - 1 1 1 3
Slovakia Slovakia 2 - - - - - - 2
Croatia Croatia 1 1 - - - - - 2
Belarus Belarus - - - - 1 - 1 2
Bulgaria Bulgaria - - - - - 1 1 2
Mexico Mexico - - - - 1 - - 1
Macedonia Macedonia - - - - - 1 - 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia & Herzegovina - - - - - - 1 1
Lebanon Lebanon - - - - - - 1 1
Serbia Serbia - - - - - - 1 1
Greece Greece - - - - - - 1 1

Team performances[edit]

In its first seven editions, TI has been won by seven different teams, four of them (Natus Vincere, Alliance, Newbee and Wings Gaming) on their debut appearance. Natus Vincere came closest to adding to their win in 2011 by reaching the finals in 2012 and 2013. Natus Vincere , Evil Geniuses and LGD Gaming have placed the most times inside the top four (3 times). Vici Gaming, Team DK and Newbee are the only other teams with multiple top four finishes.

First Place[edit]

Natus Vincere
Newbee
Evil Geniuses
Invictus Gaming  -  Alliance  -  Wings Gaming  -  Team Liquid

Second Place[edit]

Vici Gaming
EHOME  -  CDEC Gaming  -  Digital Chaos

Third Place[edit]

LGD Gaming
Scythe Gaming  -  Orange Esports  -  LGD.Forever Young

Fourth Place[edit]

Team DK
Meet Your Makers  -  TongFu  -  Fnatic

Performance by region[edit]

Four different regions have provided a winning team: China, CIS, Europe and North America. China has been the most successful, its teams having won most tournaments (3), and having the most teams placed inside top four (15).

Region China Europe North America CIS Southeast Asia South America
Medals
Medals
Total
3 4 3 5 2 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 Ref.
TI 1 [2]
TI 2 [3]
TI 3 [4]
TI 4 [5]
TI 5 [6]
TI 6 [7]
TI 7

Performance by Champions[edit]

Champions' performance comparison
Edition Champion Qual. Games Series Group
Position
Following
TI
Previous
TI
Team Region W/P % W/P %
TI 1 CIS INV 9/10 90% 7/7 100% 1st/4 A22nd Z8-
TI 2 China INV 24/31 77% 11/13 85% 1st/8 A55 - 6th A55 - 6th
TI 3 Europe INV 23/26 88% 11/11 100% 1st/8 B111 - 12th Z8-
TI 4 China INV 20/32 63% 13/21 62% 9th/16 B313 - 16th Z8-
TI 5 N. America INV 19/27 70% 7/12 58% 1st/8 A33rd A33rd
TI 6 China MQ 17/25 68% 7/11 64% 3rd/8 Z8- Z8NQ
TI 7 Europe INV 27/35 77% 11/15 73% 1st/9 Z8- A77 - 8th

Player performances[edit]

No player has managed to win The International twice. Only six players—Dendi, Puppey, XBOCT, LighTofHeaveN, Kuroky and Faith —have played in multiple grand finals, four from them as part of Navi.

First Place[edit]

Ukraine Dendi  -  Ukraine XBOCT  -  Estonia Puppey
Russia LighTofHeaveN  -  China Faith  -  Germany KuroKy
China xiao8  -  USA UNiVeRsE  -  USA ppd
USA Fear  -  Pakistan SumaiL
China Hao
China Mu  -  China Banana  -  China SanSheng
Ukraine ArtStyle  -  China Zhou  -  China Ferrari_430  -  China YYF  -  Malaysia ChuaN  -  Sweden s4  -  Sweden Loda
Sweden AdmiralBulldog  -  Sweden Akke  -  Sweden EGM  -  Canada Aui_2000  -  China shadow  -  China bLink  -  China Faith_bian
China iceice  -  China y`  -  Finland MATUMBAMAN  -  Jordan Miracle-  -  Bulgaria MinD_ContRoL  -  Lebanon GH

Second Place[edit]

China Sylar
China Super
China MMY!
China LaNm  -  China rOtK  -  China fy  -  China Fenrir  -  Denmark MiSeRy
Russia Ars-Art  -  Ukraine Funn1k  -  China 820  -  China Crystal  -  China QQQ  -  China Agressif  -  China Shiki  -  China Xz
China Q  -  China garder  -  Ukraine Resolut1on  -  Romania w33  -  USA Moo  -  Macedonia Saksa  -  China Moogy  -  China Sccc
Australia kpii  -  China Kaka

Third Place[edit]

China Yao
Sweden zai  -  Macau ddc
Singapore iceiceice  -  Malaysia Mushi
Malaysia Ohaiyo  -  China Maybe
Singapore hyhy  -  Singapore Chawy  -  Singapore lovequinny  -  Singapore xy-  -  China DD  -  Malaysia kYxY  -  Malaysia XtiNcT  -  Malaysia Net
USA mason  -  Canada Arteezy  -  China Monet  -  China Inflame  -  Malaysia Ahfu

Fourth Place[edit]

China BurNIng
China Zippo  -  China LongDD  -  Denmark MaNia  -  Denmark PlaymatE  -  Denmark Maelk  -  USA DeMoN  -  China KingJ  -  Malaysia Midone
Philippines DJ  -  Malaysia 343  -  China Ame  -  China eLeVeN  -  China Victoria

Performance by nation[edit]

Out of 95 different players placing inside top four, 44 have been from China. Sweden comes in second in terms of most wins (5), all of them coming from the Alliance's win in 2013. Ukraine and the USA are the only other nations that have multiple winning players (3).

Player performances by nation
Nation Total Players in
Top 4
China China 14 19 12 22 67 44
Sweden Sweden 5 0 2 0 7 6
Ukraine Ukraine 3 6 0 0 9 5
USA United States 3 1 6 1 11 6
Russia Russia 1 2 0 0 3 2
Estonia Estonia 1 2 0 0 3 1
Germany Germany 1 1 0 0 2 1
Malaysia Malaysia 1 0 6 5 12 9
Canada Canada 1 0 1 0 2 2
Pakistan Pakistan 1 0 1 0 2 1
Finland Finland 1 0 0 0 1 1
Jordan Jordan 1 0 0 0 1 1
Bulgaria Bulgaria 1 0 0 0 1 1
Lebanon Lebanon 1 0 0 0 1 1
Denmark Denmark 0 1 0 4 5 4
Macedonia Macedonia 0 1 0 0 1 1
Romania Romania 0 1 0 0 1 1
Australia Australia 0 1 0 0 1 1
Singapore Singapore 0 0 5 2 7 5
Macau Macau 0 0 2 0 2 1
Philippines Philippines 0 0 0 1 1 1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Announcement by Valve". Valve Corporation.
  2. Valve Corporation. "The International 2011". blog.dota2.com. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  3. Valve Corporation. "The International 2012". blog.dota2.com. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  4. Valve Corporation. "The International 2013". blog.dota2.com. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  5. Valve Corporation. "The International 2014". blog.dota2.com. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
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  7. GosuGamers. "The International 2016". gosugamers.net. Retrieved April 14, 2017.