The Dota 2 International 3 World Championships End with a Bang

| 12 Aug 2013 16:16

Alliance pulls off a miracle to secure 1st place in Dota 2's third world championship.

The International 3, Dota 2's world championship, just wrapped up last night with a finish for the ages. Last year's runner-up Na'Vi and powerhouse Alliance took a best-of-five series all the way to game five in what is sure to be the most talked about game for months. The tournament, run by developer Valve, put $2.8 million on the line for the top eight teams - awarding over $1.4 million for first place and $632,000 for second.

The prize pool was generated in part by fan contribution, in which players could purchase a $10 digital book (called the Compendium) with 25% of the sale going directly into the pot. This, combined with cash from developer Valve, gave The International 3 (TI3) the largest prize purse in eSports history.

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Dota began as a user-made modification for Warcraft 3 and has grown into one of the most played online games in the world. Following in the tradition of Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, Team Fortress, Portal, and Alien Swarm, Dota 2 is the result of Valve hiring the community developers who built the mod and giving them the chance to finally build a full product out of their idea with the help of a professional team of developers and artists at Valve.

As for the gameplay, it's a little hard to describe. The camera is set in the traditional RTS perspective, but it wouldn't be fair to call Dota an RTS. And while each hero starts at level 1, and many times hits the level cap of 25, it wouldn't be fair to call it an RPG.

Lots of people have tried to assign various genre names to Dota, but we think Action RTS is probably the most descriptive. And while we don't spend a lot of time trying to figure out what genre the game is inventing, we can't stop playing it internally!

Players and fans from all over the world flocked to the tournament, which was held in Seattle Washington, only a stone's throw away from Valve headquarters in Bellevue. Teams from China, Sweden, Ukraine, USA, and other countries battled it out over five days to earn the chance to compete for the $1.4 million grand prize. A breakdown of the prizes and who won them can be found here.

Although there were more than a few exciting moments throughout the tournament, the best-of-five final was a nail-biter. After Alliance won a resounding victory in the first match, Na'Vi answered back with two decisive wins. Alliance scraped out a victory in game four, forcing a tiebreaker for the title.

In the final game of TI3, Alliance over pursued on a tower dive, and gave Na'Vi a quick two kills very early in the game. Playing on their heels for the rest of the game, Alliance's s4 scored a once-in-a-lifetime stun on Na'Vi, allowing the rest of his team to push into Na'Vi's base, setting up an eventual victory. Referred to as a "million dollar stun," this goes to show just how must skill and precision goes into playing games at this level. For a full recap of the game, check out Valve's breakdown of the match here.

The next major MOBA tournament is the League Championship Series (or LCS) for League of Legends. LCS kicks off on September 16 and continues to October 5, however, qualifier matches are going on now.

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