OG wins Dota 2 The International 2018 in decisive Game 5

An amazing effort to do it for Shacknews at TI8.


OG have defeated PSG.LGD after being down 2-1 going into Game 4 of the Grand Final of The International 2018 Main Event. Dota 2 fans were given a great treat with this amazing TI8 final. The team will take home over $11 million of prize money and PSG.LGD will walk away with over $4 million. Dota 2 is still one of the most electrifying esports in the world, and tonight's Grand Finals of TI8 did not dissappoint.

PSG.LGD held there own in this epic electronic sports battle.

PSG.LGD held on for a crucial game three victory.

A crucial team wipe set the stage for OG's epic comeback.

Here is a breakdown of the prize money for the top 18 teams.

Congratulations to OG on winning TI8. They showed everyone how to do it for Shacknews.


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    August 25, 2018 8:21 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, OG wins Dota 2 The International 2018 in decisive Game 5

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      August 25, 2018 8:23 PM

      Topson - from like $2000 total earnings to a multi-millionaire

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        August 25, 2018 10:12 PM

        Excuse me. The anecdote is $3000 in the bank.

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      August 25, 2018 10:09 PM

      The after show was not great, but the best they have done yet, Valve really pushing esports in the right direction

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      August 26, 2018 4:48 AM

      Happy for no tail.

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      August 26, 2018 4:59 AM


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        August 26, 2018 6:55 AM

        Yea... I hadn’t even made it through the group stage VODs yet. That was a bit sad to have it all spoilered.

        I was cheering for OG, so happy for them at least! That was unexpected.

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        August 26, 2018 7:06 AM

        Should new outlets spoiler tag super bowl winners too?

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        August 26, 2018 8:00 AM

        Find another website covering TI8 that didn’t spoil it in the headline. This is like getting mad at ESPN for running a Super Bowl winner story as soon as possible. You should have avoided the site if you were really worried about spoiling The International for yourself. Please understand.

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          August 26, 2018 8:22 AM

          Pretty much agreed. All though since it's a post and not really a headline definitely Something to consider for next TI when the games will be played in another time zone and most people will watch the games the next day.

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            August 26, 2018 8:28 AM

            I could suppress Chatty for this article, but that seems dumb.

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              August 26, 2018 8:32 AM

              I don't think it's a big deal this year just saying next year when the games are played in China you might want to give it a buffer. The games will be played at like 4 am in the morning and people will want to wake up and watch vods.

              I don't care either way just a suggestion. Post whatever you want on the site but maybe delay it in the chatty? Or do whatever and just have a public policy so people can avoid it. All good either way

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          August 26, 2018 9:24 AM


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            August 26, 2018 12:42 PM


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        August 26, 2018 8:12 AM

        Would you have preferred something like, "The International 2018 is Over, and You'll Never Believe Who Won!"

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        August 26, 2018 8:35 AM

        Lol don't look at the internet if you don't want to be spoiled by shit. You should know by now

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        August 26, 2018 12:28 PM

        For what it's worth, I got spoiled by this too. Haven't watched the grand finals yet because I had a wedding to go to last night.

        Was scrolling through the Chatty this morning and saw the OP. :(

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      August 26, 2018 6:39 AM

      That game 4 was the best game of the tournament. It had everything. The PL 25 talent is just so damn powerful though.

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        August 26, 2018 8:18 AM

        It forced an early pl ban the next game which was huge.

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        August 26, 2018 8:25 AM

        It's hard to pick a best game there were at least three all time classics. Game three of upper stage, game 4 and 5 of finals. All og games where they just defied normal "smart" moves and fought past individual team fight losses to win over the span of several. Their meta was crazy to watch work.

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          August 26, 2018 8:33 AM

          I think game 5 was pretty standard. Sure they were down early, but that was expected. The only way OG could lose game 5 is if they lost under 20 min. You could tell that from the draft alone.

          LGD went all in on shaker and OG exploited that to the fullest.

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            August 26, 2018 8:49 AM

            I don't about standard. That rubrick fissure play was next level. Lgd should have slowed the game way down after that first rosh pit loss. But still it had lots of play well outside the current meta and had some very interesting segments that were make or break.

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              August 26, 2018 9:04 AM

              No way, there's no way that lineup wins past 20 min without an absolute cockup by OG.

              Past 20 it's all TB, and OG had numerous ways to isolate or delay him while they cleaned up.

              LGD were almost there, then one bad fight and it was like quicksand. The more they struggled the stronger OG got, and nothing was going to reverse it.

              It was all because they went shaker first. I can't fault them for it, I mean 7-0. It was dominating for them. But OG was 100% ready for it. The furion, the rubick, the ember. All three perfect for dealing with ES and the early roaming fissure plays.

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                August 26, 2018 9:14 AM

                Don't really agree it was an all in 20 minute line up. TB goes late just fine.

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                  August 26, 2018 9:20 AM

                  Yeah, I thought LGD had a significant edge late game. Even if they were a little behind late game, they just needed one good fight and then TB could flatten the base in 45 seconds.

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                    August 26, 2018 10:31 AM

                    You guys have seen too many TB stomps. Look at the team makeups. Clear lane push and team fight vs solo pickoffs.

                    That will not win late game

                    Alright, TB and his team wipe OG. OG buys back. TB and his team have no abilities left to fight. Rinse repeat. This goes on and on until the lanes overwhelm LGD. You have a Kunkka using tidebringer every 6 seconds or so on one side, and furion, empower and sleight of fist on the other.

                    How does LGD win without OG messing up?

                    They group up, they die. They split up, they can't kill. I just don't see how they win in this meta where the fights drag on and on.

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                      August 26, 2018 10:46 AM

                      ^^^ Gets it

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                      August 26, 2018 11:18 AM

                      TB had plenty of late game showings all tournament, not just stomps. The low cool down on sunder makes him completely viable late game. He had a very high win rate period, and games that went over 40. What you just described is much different than saying they had to win by 20. That makes it sound like it's an all in strat. OG had better lane push, and could eventually get map control as you describe. But really you are way over stating how much early game lgd's line up was.

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                        August 26, 2018 11:44 AM

                        I'm not saying they were built for early game, I'm saying it was there only chance to win.

                        And I'm not denying that TB can win late game.

                        In this game though, with this draft, 9 times out if 10, he loses late game, there's just not enough damage or delay on LGD's side.

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                          August 26, 2018 12:15 PM

                          It sounds like we're saying more or less the same thing now. I was watching the game on voice chat with my old DotA team and some were calling it early but I just said wait for rubrick to get fissure or boat.

                          Lgd has the habit of playing too confident lunch when they are up. It's not cocky, they just are trying to leverage a lead when they should slow the game down and og refused to let them. I don't know that I saw a lot of teams that would have had the foresight to keep forcing themselves into team fights they know they would lose because it kept lgd from taking objectives and farming. They really set up that fight around the rosh pit 2 team fights ago.

                          Notail had some quote I'm trying to find about when the game goes crazy you just embrace it and go crazier. It works.

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                              August 26, 2018 12:23 PM

                              Hah that's even better than I remember.

                              He has to be the best player in the world right now by win stats.

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                                August 26, 2018 12:45 PM

                                I’m super happy for him, aside from being at nearly every TI he’s also been through so much in the last year

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                            August 26, 2018 12:39 PM

                            Yeah, I definitely agree. A big part of that was that the cooldowns on LGD were so massive, they had no way to stop OG.

                            They were getting kill after kill but that was it. I think OG STILL had 3 towers and the creeps we're all on radiant side when LGD was at 20-25 kills vs OG's 4 or 5.

                            You could just feel it was coming. A massive midgame push that came way earlier thanks to the poor team fights and trades.

                            The rubick steals we're a big part of the counter for shaker and Kunkka. How many boats did he steal ? 3 or 4 at least.

                            In the end, I won't deny it was an amazing game, but I think other than the really poor early game, this is how OG expected the game to go.

                            Lose the lane-ing phase, but keep the creeps pushed so you force the reactions of LGD, and when that midgame comes....boom, like an explosion of damage and control.

                            I felt like game 4 was like OG hanging on a cliff with their fingertips. It was exciting, they could have lost at many different times. But they held on...and on.....and on....and that's why it was the highlight game.

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        August 26, 2018 8:34 AM

        Game 4 was so sick.

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      August 26, 2018 8:34 AM

      Omg I went to the page and all the videos started to autoplay at the same time. My brain.

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      August 26, 2018 8:55 AM

      Just a note, 3 of those videos autoplay when the article loads, at the same time.

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      August 26, 2018 8:59 AM

      Holy fuck, 11 million for first place?

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        August 26, 2018 9:08 AM

        Yep. Over 2 mil per player.

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          August 26, 2018 10:14 AM

          Depending on the team split. I am not sure if it is still the case but there have been cases where the team will take a percentage of winnings as well. Plus you would think that the coach a cut.

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            August 26, 2018 12:03 PM

            OG is it's own team. No one own them so...?

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              August 26, 2018 12:37 PM

              I obviously don't know the contract structure of OG. But eSports teams whether they have a single squad for one game, or multiple spanning many games are businesses. At the level OG is at, and I would guess most of the teams in the International the players are being paid a salary by the team, they don't live on prize money alone. And the teams need a logistical support staff to handle things like housing, travel, sponsorship, marketing, merchandise, etc. And while most/all of the teams revenue comes from sponsorships it is not uncommon for the team to take a percentage of any player winnings.

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                August 26, 2018 4:29 PM

                i seem to remember Valve specifically saying they pay to the players, and not to the organisations... but i can't find the source anymore :|

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        August 26, 2018 10:44 AM

        Topson playing his first year in the pro circuit and already in the top players list.

        ana, came out of retirement to rejoin OG.

        N0tail shot up to second place with this TI.


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          August 26, 2018 11:26 AM

          That is how it is every year. Since the TI prize gets bigger and bigger each year the winners just leapfrog up the lifetime earnings chart. Until there are some repeat winners it will keep doing that.

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      August 26, 2018 10:58 AM

      Wouldn't call game 5 decisive... they were losing really hard until the halfway point, and even at the end they could have thrown if they messed up. Was a great series in general, glad OG won.

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