The eighth Dota 2 Championships, The International 8, has wrapped up the first five days of the Main Event. The biggest esports tournament of the year is down to just three teams. Let's check out our guide on how to enjoy the final day of this momentous week of action.
How much is the Dota 2 TI8 Prize Pool?
The International 8's Prize Pool currently sits at over $25 million and counting. Dota 2 players can help contribute further to this prize pool by purchasing an International Battle Pass, where 25 percent of sales will go directly to The International 2018's prize pool.
Here are the current prize totals, as of Saturday, which have surpassed last year's esports record. This total will continue to increase as the week goes on.
- 1st Place - $11,148,500
- 2nd Place - $4,054,000
- 3rd Place - $2,660,437
- 4th Place - $1,773,625
- 5th Place - $1,140,187
- 6th Place - $1,140,187
- 7th Place - $633,437
- 8th Place - $633,437
- 9th Place - $380,062
- 10th Place - $380,062
- 11th Place - $380,062
- 12th Place - $380,062
- 13th Place - $126,687
- 14th Place - $126,687
- 15th Place - $126,687
- 16th Place - $126,687
- 17th Place - $63,344
- 18th Place - $63,344
Dota 2 TI8 Grand Finals Bracket
Who Are the Final Three Teams?
On the winners' side sits OG, one of the kings of the game. They were the first Dota 2 team to win four Dota 2 Major Championships (the 2015 Frankfurt Major, 2016 Manila Major, 2016 Boston Major, and 2017 Kiev Major), but the team's results in the International has been left wanting. But the team finally appears to have pulled it together, which is all the more remarkable after the team has had a rough 2018. OG has racked up some impressive wins, including victories over the two lower bracket finalists. They're playing the best Dota of their lives and it's going to take a lot to knock them off this year.
The first lower bracket finalist is PSG.LGD. The former LGD Gaming has had a strong 2018, which included back-to-back Premier wins at EPICENTER XL and MDL Changsha Major, which included a Grand Finals statement win over Team Liquid during the former. They worked their magic against Liquid again, sending them to the lower bracket this week. Afterwards, they came within a hair of beating OG, but now must win one more set to get their rematch.
The second lower bracket finalist is the North American sentimental favorite, Evil Geniuses. EG captured the hearts of hardcore and casual Dota 2 viewers alike with their victory at The International 5. Despite not having reached the top of the TI mountain since, EG has remained one of the most consistent Dota 2 squads in the world, most recently racking up a 1st place finish at DOTA Summit 9. Their road to another International win hit a speed bump against OG, but 2-0 victories over Team Secret, Virtus.Pro, and defending champions Team Liquid have shown that EG is not going to be an easy out. They also want their Grand Finals rematch with OG.
The Dota 2 International Final Matches Schedule
- 10AM PT - PSG.LGD vs. Evil Geniuses (Best of 3)
- 2PM PT - OG vs. PSG.LGD/Evil Geniuses winner (Best of 5)
The Grand Finals time is an estimate and is subject to go on earlier or later, depending on the duration of the previous set.
How to Watch Dota 2 TI8
There are several ways to watch The International 8, for both the seasoned Dota 2 veteran and the casual viewer who just wants to see what the fuss is about.
How to Watch The International Dota 2 Championships VODs
Valve is posting full matches on-demand, as well as daily recap videos, on the official Dota 2 YouTube channel.
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