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) TBD TBD
The International 2016 2016 (2016.08.03-2016.08.13) Wings Gaming/Wings Gaming Wings Gaming Digital Chaos Digital Chaos 3-1
The International 2015 2015 (2015.07.27-2015.08.08) Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses CDEC Gaming/CDEC Gaming CDEC Gaming 3-1
The International 2014 2014 (2014.07.08-2014.07.21) Newbee/Newbee Newbee Vici Gaming/Vici Gaming Vici Gaming 3-1
The International 2013 2013 (2013.08.03-2013.08.11) Alliance Alliance Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Natus Vincere 3-2
The International 2012 2012 (2012.08.26-2012.09.02) Invictus Gaming/Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Natus Vincere 3-1
The International 2011 2011 (2011.08.17-2011.08.21) Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Natus Vincere EHOME/EHOME.cn 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)
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 invitation based, in 2012 Valve implemented the qualifying phase, with the trend being of gradually reducing the number of invitees, and increasing the number of qualifying spots.
If a team changes it's roster during a roster lock period, they are relegated to the open qualifiers, an additional tier of qualifying phase added in 2015, allowing 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).

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
Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere INV INV INV INV MQ INV
Invictus Gaming/Invictus Gaming INV INV INV INV INV -
LGD Gaming/LGD Gaming - INV MQ MQ INV INV
EHOME/EHOME.cn INV INV - - MQ MQWC
Evil Geniuses - INV - INV INV OQ
Fnatic/Fnatic - - INV INV INV MQ
Team DK/Team DK - INV INV INV - -
Mousesports - INV MQ MQ - -
Alliance - - INV INV - MQ
Team Liquid - - INV MQ - INV
Newbee/Newbee - - - INV INV INV
Moscow Five INV INV - - - -
MUFC INV - INV - - -
Orange Esports/Orange Esports - INV INV - - -
Team Zenith - INV INV - - -
TongFu/TongFu - MQ INV - - -
CompLexity Gaming - INV - - MQ -
Virtus.pro/Virtus.pro - - INV - INV -
Cloud9 - - - INV INV -
Team Empire - - - INV INV -
Vici Gaming/Vici Gaming - - - INV INV -
MVP/MVP Phoenix - - - - MQWC INV
Team Secret - - - - INV OQ
Scythe Gaming INV - - - - -
Meet Your Makers INV - - - - -
MiTH INV - - - - -
Nirvana.int INV - - - - -
Mineski/Mineski INV - - - - -
Virus Gaming INV - - - - -
TyLoo INV - - - - -
GosuGamers INV - - - - -
NeVo INV - - - - -
Nirvana INV - - - - -
Storm Games Clan INV - - - - -
Absolute Legends - INV - - - -
Counter Logic Gaming - INV - - - -
Darer - INV - - - -
MTw - MQ - - - -
Team Dignitas - - INV - - -
LGD Gaming/LGD International - - INV - - -
RattleSnake - - MQWC - - -
Titan - - - INV - -
Arrow Gaming - - - MQ - -
Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere North America - - - MQ - -
MVP/MVP HOT6ix - - - - MQ -
CDEC Gaming/CDEC Gaming - - - - MQWC -
OG - - - - - INV
Digital Chaos - - - - - MQ
Vici Gaming/Vici Gaming Reborn - - - - - MQ
Wings Gaming/Wings Gaming - - - - - MQ
TNC Pro Team - - - - - OQ
Escape Gaming - - - - - MQWC


Results by year[edit]

Team TI 1 TI 2 TI 3 TI 4 TI 5 TI 6 Total Ap. Best Worst
Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere A11st A22nd A22nd A77 - 8th B313 - 16th B313 - 16th 6 A11st B313 - 16th
Invictus Gaming/Invictus Gaming A55 - 6th A11st A55 - 6th A77 - 8th A99 - 12th Z8- 5 A11st Z8NQ
Evil Geniuses Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- A33rd A11st A33rd 4 A11st Z8NQ
Alliance Z8- Z8- A11st B111 - 12th Z8- A99 - 12th 3 A11st Z8NQ
Newbee/Newbee Z8- Z8- Z8- A11st B313 - 16th A99 - 12th 3 A11st Z8NQ
Wings Gaming/Wings Gaming Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A11st 1 A11st Z8NQ
EHOME/EHOME.cn A22nd A55 - 6th Z8- Z8- A55 - 6th A55 - 6th 4 A22nd Z8NQ
Vici Gaming/Vici Gaming Z8- Z8- Z8- A22nd A44th Z8- 2 A22nd Z8NQ
CDEC Gaming/CDEC Gaming Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A22nd Z8- 1 A22nd Z8NQ
Digital Chaos Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A22nd 1 A22nd Z8NQ
LGD Gaming/LGD Gaming Z8- A33rd A99 - 12th A55 - 6th A33rd A99 - 12th 5 A33rd Z8NQ
Orange Esports/Orange Esports Z8- A77 - 8th A33rd Z8- Z8- Z8- 2 A33rd Z8NQ
Scythe Gaming A33rd Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A33rd Z8NQ
Fnatic/Fnatic Z8- Z8- A77 - 8th B313 - 14th B313 - 16th A44th 4 A44th Z8NQ
Team DK/Team DK Z8- A44th A55 - 6th A44th Z8- Z8- 3 A44th Z8NQ
TongFu/TongFu Z8- A77 - 8th A44th Z8- Z8- Z8- 2 A44th Z8NQ
Meet Your Makers A44th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A44th Z8NQ
Team Zenith Z8- A55 - 6th A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- 2 A55 - 6th Z8NQ
Cloud9 Z8- Z8- Z8- A55 - 6th A99 - 12th Z8- 2 A55 - 6th Z8NQ
Moscow Five A55 - 6th B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 2 A55 - 6th Z8NQ
Virtus.pro/Virtus.pro Z8- Z8- B313 - 16th Z8- A55 - 6th Z8- 2 A55 - 6th Z8NQ
MVP/MVP Phoenix Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A77 - 8th A55 - 6th 2 A55 - 6th Z8NQ
Team Liquid Z8- Z8- A77 - 8th A99 - 10th Z8- A77 - 8th 3 A77 - 8th Z8NQ
Team Secret Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A77 - 8th B313 - 16th 2 A77 - 8th Z8NQ
MiTH A77 - 8th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A77 - 8th Z8NQ
Nirvana.int A77 - 8th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A77 - 8th Z8NQ
TNC Pro Team Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A77 - 8th 1 A77 - 8th Z8NQ
Titan Z8- Z8- Z8- A99 - 10th Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 10th Z8NQ
MUFC A99 - 12th Z8- B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- 2 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
CompLexity Gaming Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- 2 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Team Empire Z8- Z8- Z8- B313 - 14th A99 - 12th Z8- 2 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Counter Logic Gaming Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Darer Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
LGD Gaming/LGD International Z8- Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Mineski/Mineski A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Team Dignitas Z8- Z8- A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Virus Gaming A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
TyLoo A99 - 12th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
OG Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- A99 - 12th 1 A99 - 12th Z8NQ
Mousesports Z8- B313 - 16th B313 - 16th B111 - 12th Z8- Z8- 3 B111 - 12th Z8NQ
Absolute Legends Z8- B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
GosuGamers B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
MTw Z8- B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
MVP/MVP HOT6ix Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- B313 - 16th Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
NeVo B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
Nirvana B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
RattleSnake Z8- Z8- B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
Storm Games Clan B313 - 16th Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
Vici Gaming/Vici Gaming Reborn Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- B313 - 16th 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
Escape Gaming Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- Z8- B313 - 16th 1 B313 - 16th Z8NQ
Arrow Gaming Z8- Z8- Z8- B515 - 16th Z8- Z8- 1 B515 - 16th Z8NQ
Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere North America 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 Invictus Gaming/Invictus Gaming LGD Gaming/LGD Gaming LGD Gaming/LGD Gaming LGD Gaming/LGD Gaming EHOME/EHOME.cn Vici Gaming/Vici Gaming Reborn
Ukraine Dendi Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere
Singapore iceiceice Scythe Gaming Team Zenith Team Zenith Team DK/Team DK Vici Gaming/Vici Gaming EHOME/EHOME.cn
China Hao TyLoo TongFu/TongFu TongFu/TongFu Newbee/Newbee Vici Gaming/Vici Gaming Newbee/Newbee
Germany KuroKy GosuGamers Mousesports Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Team Secret Team Liquid
China LaNm EHOME/EHOME.cn EHOME/EHOME.cn RattleSnake Team DK/Team DK EHOME/EHOME.cn EHOME/EHOME.cn
Denmark MiSeRy Meet Your Makers Counter Logic Gaming LGD Gaming/LGD International Mousesports Cloud9 Digital Chaos
China MMY! EHOME/EHOME.cn EHOME/EHOME.cn Team DK/Team DK Team DK/Team DK LGD Gaming/LGD Gaming LGD Gaming/LGD Gaming
Estonia Puppey Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Team Secret Team Secret
USA UNiVeRsE Nirvana.int* Evil Geniuses Team Dignitas Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses
China xiao8 Invictus Gaming/Invictus Gaming LGD Gaming/LGD Gaming LGD Gaming/LGD Gaming Newbee/Newbee LGD Gaming/LGD Gaming LGD Gaming/LGD Gaming
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 it's 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 most times inside the top four (3). Vici Gaming, LGD Gaming and Team DK are the only other teams with multiple top four finishes.

First Place[edit]

Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Natus Vincere  -  Invictus Gaming/Invictus Gaming Invictus Gaming  -  Alliance Alliance  -  Newbee/Newbee Newbee  -  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses  -  Wings Gaming/Wings Gaming Wings Gaming

Second Place[edit]

Natus Vincere/Natus Vincere Natus Vincere
EHOME/EHOME.cn EHOME  -  Vici Gaming/Vici Gaming Vici Gaming  -  CDEC Gaming/CDEC Gaming CDEC Gaming  -  Digital Chaos Digital Chaos

Third Place[edit]

LGD Gaming/LGD Gaming LGD Gaming  -  Evil Geniuses Evil Geniuses
Scythe Gaming Scythe Gaming  -  Orange Esports/Orange Esports Orange Esports

Fourth Place[edit]

Team DK/Team DK Team DK
Meet Your Makers Meet Your Makers  -  TongFu/TongFu TongFu  -  Vici Gaming/Vici Gaming Vici Gaming  -  Fnatic/Fnatic Fnatic

Performance by region[edit]

Four different regions have provided a winning team; China, CIS, Europe and North America, with China being the most successful, it's teams having won most tournaments (3), and having most teams placed inside top four (12).

Region China Europe North America CIS South East Asia South America
Medals
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Player performances[edit]

No player managed to win multiple tournaments. Only four players; Dendi, Puppey, XBOCT and LighTofHeaveN, played in multiple grand finals, winning the tournament in 2011. Out of 30 different winners, only Puppey, ChuaN and SumaiL won while playing for the team outside of their home region.

First Place[edit]

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]

Ukraine Dendi  -  Ukraine XBOCT  -  Estonia Puppey
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]

China Sylar  -  China Yao  -  China Xiao8  -  USA UNiVeRsE  -  Sweden zai  -  USA ppd
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]

China BurNIng  -  China Super  -  China Hao  -  Malaysia Mushi  -  Singapore iceiceice
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, establishing it as a dominant nation in terms of player placement, it's players having won most medals across the board. Sweden comes in second in terms of most wins (5), all of them coming from the Alliance's win in 2013. Ukraine and USA are the only other nations that have multiple winning players (3). Estonia and Pakistan are the only nations with multiple medals, while having only one player represented in the top four.

Player performances by nation
Nation 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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