The International

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Overview[edit]

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 Winner Runner-Up Score
The International 2017 2017 (2017.08.07-2017.08.12) Logo filler std.png TBD Logo filler std.png TBD
The International 2016 2016 (2016.08.03-2016.08.13) Wingslogo std.png Wings Gaming Digitalchaoslogo std.png Digital Chaos 3-1
The International 2015 2015 (2015.07.27-2015.08.08) Eglogo std.png Evil Geniuses Cdeclogo std.png CDEC Gaming 3-1
The International 2014 2014 (2014.07.08-2014.07.21) Newbeelogo std.png Newbee Vglogo std.png Vici Gaming 3-1
The International 2013 2013 (2013.08.03-2013.08.11) Alliancelogo2016 std.png Alliance Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere 3-2
The International 2012 2012 (2012.08.26-2012.09.02) IGlogo std.png Invictus Gaming Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere 3-1
The International 2011 2011 (2011.08.17-2011.08.21) Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere Ehomelogo std.png EHOME 3-1

Prize Pool[edit]

Tournament Date Prize Pool % Of Previous Year Fundraising Days Average Amount Per Day1
The International 2017 2017 (2017.08.07-2017.08.12) $9,785,131 47% 15/101 $545,675
The International 2016 2016 (2016.08.03-2016.08.13) $20,770,460 113% 90 $213,005
The International 2015 2015 (2015.07.27-2015.08.08) $18,429,613 169% 101 $166,630
The International 2014 2014 (2014.07.08-2014.07.21) $10,923,977 380% 73 $127,726
The International 2013 2013 (2013.08.03-2013.08.11) $2,874,380 180% 98 $13,004
The International 2012 2012 (2012.08.26-2012.09.02) $1,600,000 100% - -
The International 2011 2011 (2011.08.17-2011.08.21) $1,600,000 - - -

1This average does not include Valve's $1,600,000 base prize pool

Team participation[edit]

Since the tournaments inception, 52 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]

Natus Vincere are the only team to appear at every tournament from 2011 onwards. Natus Vincere and Invictus Gaming have been invited more than any other team (5 invites each).

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
INV/Total Teams 16/16 14/16 13/16 11/16 10/16 6/16
Navilogo std.png INV INV INV INV MQ INV
IGlogo std.png INV INV INV INV INV -
Lgdlogo std.png - INV MQ MQ INV INV
Ehomelogo std.png INV INV - - MQ MQWC
Eglogo std.png - INV - INV INV OQ
Fnaticlogo std.png - - INV INV INV MQ
DKlogo std.png - INV INV INV - -
Mousesportslogo std.png - INV MQ MQ - -
Alliancelogo2016 std.png - - INV INV - MQ
Liquid2017logo std.png - - INV MQ - INV
Newbeelogo std.png - - - INV INV INV
M5logo std.png INV INV - - - -
Mufclogo std.png INV - INV - - -
Orangelogo std.png - INV INV - - -
Zenithlogo std.png - INV INV - - -
Tongfulogo std.png - MQ INV - - -
Complexitylogo std.png - INV - - MQ -
Virtuslogo std.png - - INV - INV -
C9logo std.png - - - INV INV -
Empirelogo std.png - - - INV INV -
Vglogo std.png - - - INV INV -
MVPPhoenixlogo std.png - - - - MQWC INV
Secretdotalogo std.png - - - - INV OQ
Scythelogo std.png INV - - - - -
Mymlogo std.png INV - - - - -
MiTHlogo std.png INV - - - - -
Online-Kingdom.png INV - - - - -
Mineski GGNetwork 2017 std.png INV - - - - -
Viruslogo std.png INV - - - - -
Tyloologo std.png INV - - - - -
Ggdotalogo std.png INV - - - - -
Nevologo std.png INV - - - - -
Nirvanalogo std.png INV - - - - -
Sgclogo std.png INV - - - - -
Absolutelegendslogo std.png - INV - - - -
CLGlogo std.png - INV - - - -
Darerlogo std.png - INV - - - -
Mtwlogo std.png - MQ - - - -
Dignitaslogo std.png - - INV - - -
Lgdintlogo std.png - - INV - - -
Rattlesnakelogo std.png - - MQWC - - -
Titanlogo std.png - - - INV - -
Arrowgaminglogo std.png - - - MQ - -
NaviUSlogo std.png - - - MQ - -
MVPHOT6ixlogo std.png - - - - MQ -
Cdeclogo std.png - - - - MQWC -
OGLogo std.png - - - - - INV
Digitalchaoslogo std.png - - - - - MQ
Vgrlogo std.png - - - - - MQ
Wingslogo std.png - - - - - MQ
Tnclogo std.png - - - - - OQ
Escape Gaminglogo std.png - - - - - MQWC


Results by year[edit]

Team TI 1 TI 2 TI 3 TI 4 TI 5 TI 6 Total Ap. Best Worst
Navilogo std.png A11st A22nd A22nd A77 - 8th B313 - 16th B313 - 16th 6 A11st B313 - 16th
IGlogo std.png A55 - 6th A11st A55 - 6th A77 - 8th A99 - 12th Z8- 5 A11st Z8NQ
Eglogo std.png Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- A33rd A11st A33rd 4 A11st Z8NQ
Alliancelogo2016 std.png Z8- Z8- A11st B111 - 12th Z8- A99 - 12th 3 A11st Z8NQ
Newbeelogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- A11st B313 - 16th A99 - 12th 3 A11st Z8NQ
Wingslogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A11st 1 A11st Z8NQ
Ehomelogo std.png A22nd A55 - 6th Z8- Z8- A55 - 6th A55 - 6th 4 A22nd Z8NQ
Vglogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- A22nd A44th Z8- 2 A22nd Z8NQ
Cdeclogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A22nd Z8- 1 A22nd Z8NQ
Digitalchaoslogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A22nd 1 A22nd Z8NQ
Lgdlogo std.png Z8- A33rd A99 - 12th A55 - 6th A33rd A99 - 12th 5 A33rd Z8NQ
Orangelogo std.png Z8- A77 - 8th A33rd Z8- Z8- Z8- 2 A33rd Z8NQ
Scythelogo std.png A33rd Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A33rd Z8NQ
Fnaticlogo std.png Z8- Z8- A77 - 8th B313 - 14th B313 - 16th A44th 4 A44th Z8NQ
DKlogo std.png Z8- A44th A55 - 6th A44th Z8- Z8- 3 A44th Z8NQ
Tongfulogo std.png Z8- A77 - 8th A44th Z8- Z8- Z8- 2 A44th Z8NQ
Mymlogo std.png A44th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A44th Z8NQ
Zenithlogo std.png Z8- A55 - 6th A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- 2 A55 - 6th Z8NQ
C9logo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- A55 - 6th A99 - 12th Z8- 2 A55 - 6th Z8NQ
M5logo std.png A55 - 6th B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 2 A55 - 6th Z8NQ
Virtuslogo std.png Z8- Z8- B313 - 16th Z8- A55 - 6th Z8- 2 A55 - 6th Z8NQ
MVPPhoenixlogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A77 - 8th A55 - 6th 2 A55 - 6th Z8NQ
Liquid2017logo std.png Z8- Z8- A77 - 8th A99 - 10th Z8- A77 - 8th 3 A77 - 8th Z8NQ
Secretdotalogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A77 - 8th B313 - 16th 2 A77 - 8th Z8NQ
MiTHlogo std.png A77 - 8th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A77 - 8th Z8NQ
Online-Kingdom.png A77 - 8th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A77 - 8th Z8NQ
Tnclogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A77 - 8th 1 A77 - 8th Z8NQ
Titanlogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- A99 - 10th Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 10th Z8NQ
Mufclogo std.png A99 - 12th Z8- B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- 2 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Complexitylogo std.png Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- 2 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Empirelogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- B313 - 14th A99 - 12th Z8- 2 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
CLGlogo std.png Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Darerlogo std.png Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Lgdintlogo std.png Z8- Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Mineski GGNetwork 2017 std.png A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Dignitaslogo std.png Z8- Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Viruslogo std.png A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Tyloologo std.png A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
OGLogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A99 - 12th 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Mousesportslogo std.png Z8- B313 - 16th B313 - 16th B111 - 12th Z8- Z8- 3 B111 - 12th Z8NQ
Absolutelegendslogo std.png Z8- B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
Ggdotalogo std.png B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
Mtwlogo std.png Z8- B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
MVPHOT6ixlogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- B313 - 16th Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
Nevologo std.png B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
Nirvanalogo std.png B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
Rattlesnakelogo std.png Z8- Z8- B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
Sgclogo std.png B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
Vgrlogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- B313 - 16th 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
Escape Gaminglogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- B313 - 16th 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
Arrowgaminglogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- B515 - 16th Z8- Z8- 1 B515 - 16th Z8NQ
NaviUSlogo std.png Z8- Z8- Z8- B515 - 16th Z8- Z8- 1 B515 - 16th Z8NQ
  • "NQ" stands for a team not reaching the Top 10, note that " - " means the same as NQ and is used in the table instead, except in the "Worst" column, in order to cause less visual clutter.

Player participation[edit]

6 Internationals[edit]

Attended 6 TI 1 TI 2 TI 3 TI 4 TI 5 TI 6
Macau DDC IGlogo std.png Lgdlogo std.png Lgdlogo std.png Lgdlogo std.png Ehomelogo std.png Vgrlogo std.png
Ukraine Dendi Navilogo std.png Navilogo std.png Navilogo std.png Navilogo std.png Navilogo std.png Navilogo std.png
Singapore iceiceice Scythelogo std.png Zenithlogo std.png Zenithlogo std.png DKlogo std.png Vglogo std.png Ehomelogo std.png
China Hao Tyloologo std.png Tongfulogo std.png Tongfulogo std.png Newbeelogo std.png Vglogo std.png Newbeelogo std.png
Germany KuroKy Ggdotalogo std.png Mousesportslogo std.png Navilogo std.png Navilogo std.png Secretdotalogo std.png Liquid2017logo std.png
China LaNm Ehomelogo std.png Ehomelogo std.png Rattlesnakelogo std.png DKlogo std.png Ehomelogo std.png Ehomelogo std.png
Denmark MiSeRy Mymlogo std.png CLGlogo std.png Lgdintlogo std.png Mousesportslogo std.png C9logo std.png Digitalchaoslogo std.png
China MMY! Ehomelogo std.png Ehomelogo std.png DKlogo std.png DKlogo std.png Lgdlogo std.png Lgdlogo std.png
Estonia Puppey Navilogo std.png Navilogo std.png Navilogo std.png Navilogo std.png Secretdotalogo std.png Secretdotalogo std.png
USA UNiVeRsE Online-Kingdom.png* Eglogo std.png Dignitaslogo std.png Eglogo std.png Eglogo std.png Eglogo std.png
China xiao8 IGlogo std.png Lgdlogo std.png Lgdlogo std.png Newbeelogo std.png Lgdlogo std.png Lgdlogo std.png
Number of players per country
Country #
China China 4
Ukraine Ukraine 1
Denmark Denmark 1
Estonia Estonia 1
Germany Germany 1
Macau Macau 1
Singapore Singapore 1
USA United States of America 1
Total 11

Team performances[edit]

In its first six editions, TI has been won by six 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 and Evil Geniuses have placed the most times inside the top four (3 times). Vici Gaming, LGD Gaming and Team DK are the only other teams with multiple top four finishes.

First Place[edit]

Gold.png Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere  -  IGlogo std.png Invictus Gaming  -  Alliancelogo2016 std.png Alliance  -  Newbeelogo std.png Newbee  -  Eglogo std.png Evil Geniuses  -  Wingslogo std.png Wings Gaming

Second Place[edit]

Silver.pngSilver.png Navilogo std.png Natus Vincere
Silver.png Ehomelogo std.png EHOME  -  Vglogo std.png Vici Gaming  -  Cdeclogo std.png CDEC Gaming  -  Digitalchaoslogo std.png Digital Chaos

Third Place[edit]

Bronze.pngBronze.png Lgdlogo std.png LGD Gaming  -  Eglogo std.png Evil Geniuses
Bronze.png Scythelogo std.png Scythe Gaming  -  Orangelogo std.png Orange Esports

Fourth Place[edit]

Copper.pngCopper.png DKlogo std.png Team DK
Copper.png Mymlogo std.png Meet Your Makers  -  Tongfulogo std.png TongFu  -  Vglogo std.png Vici Gaming  -  Fnaticlogo std.png 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 (12).

Region China Europe North America CIS South East Asia South America
Medals Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png Copper.png Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png Copper.png Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png Copper.png Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png Copper.png Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png Copper.png Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png Copper.png
Medals
Total
3 3 2 4 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 Ref.
The
International
2011
Silver.png Copper.png Gold.png Bronze.png [2]
The
International
2012
Gold.pngBronze.pngCopper.png Silver.png [3]
The
International
2013
Copper.png Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png [4]
The
International
2014
Gold.pngSilver.pngCopper.png Bronze.png [5]
The
International
2015
Silver.pngBronze.pngCopper.png Gold.png [6]
The
International
2016
Gold.png Silver.pngBronze.png Copper.png [7]

Player performances[edit]

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

First Place[edit]

Gold.png Ukraine Dendi  -  Ukraine ArtStyle  -  Ukraine XBOCT  -  Russia LighTofHeaveN  -  Estonia Puppey  -  China Zhou  -  China Ferrari_430  -  China YYF  -  Malaysia ChuaN  -  China Faith
Sweden s4  -  Sweden Loda  -  Sweden AdmiralBulldog  -  Sweden Akke  -  Sweden EGM  -  China Hao  -  China Mu  -  China xiao8  -  China Banana  -  China SanSheng
USA Fear  -  Pakistan SumaiL  -  USA UNiVeRsE  -  Canada Aui_2000  -  USA ppd  -  China shadow  -  China bLink  -  China Faith_bian  -  China iceice  -  China Innocence


Second Place[edit]

Silver.pngSilver.png Ukraine Dendi  -  Ukraine XBOCT  -  Estonia Puppey
Silver.png Russia Ars-Art  -  Russia LighTofHeaveN  -  Ukraine Funn1k  -  Germany KuroKy  -  China 820  -  China X!! 1  -  China LaNm  -  China Crystal  -  China QQQ  -  China Sylar
China Super  -  China rOtk  -  China Fenrir  -  China fy  -  China Agressif  -  China Shiki  -  China Xz  -  China Q  -  China garder  -  Ukraine Resolut1on
Romania w33  -  USA Moo  -  Macedonia Saksa  -  Denmark MiSeRy


1MMY!

Third Place[edit]

Bronze.pngBronze.png China Sylar  -  China Yao  -  China Xiao8  -  USA UNiVeRsE  -  Sweden zai  -  USA ppd
Bronze.png Singapore hyhy  -  Singapore iceiceice  -  Singapore Chawy  -  Singapore lovequinny  -  Singapore xy-  -  China DD  -  Macau DDC  -  China Maybe  -  China MMY!  -  Malaysia Mushi
Malaysia kYxY  -  Malaysia Ohaiyo  -  Malaysia XtiNcT  -  Malaysia Net  -  USA mason  -  Canada Arteezy  -  USA Fear  -  Pakistan SumaiL


Fourth Place[edit]

Copper.pngCopper.png China BurNIng  -  China Super  -  China Hao  -  Malaysia Mushi  -  Singapore iceiceice
Copper.png China rOtk  -  China Zippo  -  China LongDD  -  Denmark MiSeRy  -  Denmark MaNia  -  Denmark PlaymatE  -  Denmark Maelk  -  USA DeMoN  -  China Fenrir  -  China fy
China Mu  -  China SanSheng  -  China Banana  -  China KingJ  -  Malaysia Midone  -  Malaysia Ohaiyo  -  Philippines DJ  -  Malaysia 343  -  China LaNm  -  China MMY!

Performance by nation[edit]

Out of 81 different players placing inside top four, 36 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 Gold.png Silver.png Bronze.png Copper.png Total Players in
Top 4
China China 14 15 9 17 55 36
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
Malaysia Malaysia 1 0 5 5 11 8
Canada Canada 1 0 1 0 2 2
Pakistan Pakistan 1 0 1 0 2 1
Denmark Denmark 0 1 0 4 5 4
Germany Germany 0 1 0 0 1 1
Macedonia Macedonia 0 1 0 0 1 1
Romania Romania 0 1 0 0 1 1
Singapore Singapore 0 0 5 2 7 5
Macau Macau 0 0 1 0 1 1
Philippines Philippines 0 0 0 1 1 1

See also[edit]

External links[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.
  6. GosuGamers. "The International 2015". gosugamers.net. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  7. GosuGamers. "The International 2016". gosugamers.net. Retrieved April 14, 2017.

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