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Dota 2 – The International 2017


The International 2017 set new standards for eSports everywhere, both in the standard of play and in the amount of cash offered to players. The total prize pool for 2017 finished at $24,787,916 through the sales of skins to Dota 2 players and online battle packs, easily surpassing the $20 million that was distributed at the 2016 event.

The event is the biggest on the annual Dota 2 eSports calender, which is reflected in the number of viewers for the event. The overall peak viewers at one time was an astonishing 10,935,730, of which 10,051,879 were from China. In England, the peak still reached 514,766, which made up the majority of the non-Chinese audience. Interestingly enough, the most viewed match of the tournament was not the final, and you can find out more about that later on.

The pre-tournament favourites from the bookies were Evil Geniuses and Virtus.Pro, at 7/2, whilst Team Liquid and OG were just behind at 5/1. Most of the top seeds ended up as embarrassments, with Evil Geniuses failing to win a single main event round. Virtus.Pro didn’t even make it into the semi-finals and OG were swept in the third round of the lower bracket. Team Liquid rescued the pre-tournament predictors in the end, after they took the tough road all the way through the LB to beat Newbee comprehensively 3-0 in the final. If you want detailed round-ups of each day of the tournament, select which day you want to take a look at below:

The highlight of the weekend was easily the final of the LB between LGD.ForeverYoung and Team Liquid, who scrapped it out for a place in the Grand Final against Newbee. The match kicked off the action on the final day, and went to a decider after the first two matches were split. It was LGD that took the early lead, but Team Liquid reeled off the last two matches before then sweeping the final, making it five wins in a row on Grand Final day, which is a feat that is unlikely to be matched anytime soon. The spectators obviously agreed, with 921,283 fans watching (not including Chinese viewers), the peak for the tournament and higher than the 883,851 received for the final.

Here are the final standings and the prize money distributed for The International 2017:

  • 1st: Team Liquid- $10,862,683
  • 2nd: Newbee- $3,950,067
  • 3rd: LGD.ForeverYoung- $2,592,231
  • 4th: LGD Gaming- $1,728,154
  • 5th - 6th: Virtus.Pro and Invictus Gaming- $1,110,956
  • 7th - 8th: Team Empire and OG- $617,198
  • 9th - 12th: Team Secret, Evil Geniuses, TNC Pro Team and Digital Choas- $370,319
  • 13th - 16th: Execration, Cloud9, Infamous and Vitality- $123,440
  • 17th -18th : Fnatic and HellRaisers- $61,720