The International - the epic Dota 2 competition where professional gamers flock around the world to compete for a $10 million prize pool - is just about to go into the Grand Finals:
Today we play the Grand Finals to decide who will win the Aegis and be crowned Champions.
It is ViCi Gaming vs Newbee.
At the end of Phase 2 (group stage) there could not have been two teams further apart. VG had dominated the entire set of round robin matches ending on top of the standings with a 12-3 record. Newbee on the other hand, squeaked in with a 7-8 record that forced a three way TieBreaker.
ViCi’s record gave them an instant trip to the Main Event. Newbee’s record gave them the longest road to the main event but that trip forged the team into something new. They no longer struggled, but dominated matches and now enter today from the Upper Bracket and VG comes from the Lower Bracket.
If you have Dota 2 you can watch the finals in-game (highly recommended) or you can watch all the games live on the Dota website
. The pre-game is happening right now with some analysis and commentary.
The KeyArena - 17,000 capacity - is full of screaming Dota fans. It has been fascinating watching this competition and knowing the next few games are going to lead to one team taking home several million dollars is pretty incredible.