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Dota 2 tournament $1 million finals won by Na'vi

Ukrainian team Na'vi lifted the novelty over-sized check for $1 million at the final of Valve's Dota 2 tournament on Sunday. Valve plans hold a similar event annually with "the best in the world" of Dota 2.

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Ukrainian team Na'vi lifted the novelty over-sized check for $1 million at Valve's Dota 2 tournament The International on Sunday, beating Chinese team EHOME in a wonderful best-of-five finals. As video game grand unveilings go, watching five days of top-level competitive play streamed live online was pretty lovely.

EHOME don't go home paupers, though, scooping a respectable second-place prize of $250,000. Another $350,000 went between the rest of the top-eight. Video replays of the finals, and indeed the whole tournament, have been uploaded to YouTube, if you want to relive the excitement.

The International will return next year, Valve announced today, though the date and venue are not yet settled. Valve notes that it's also "in discussions with organizers of upcoming Dota events to offer Dota 2 during its beta phase," so we may see more before it even launches.

Valve's Gabe Newell said last week that he expected Dota 2 to launch in 2012, but today's press release states that it "will be available for the PC and Mac later this year." That may not necessarily mean it's actually officially released, though. Valve also said last week that it planned to begin beta testing within a few weeks, ramping up in scale until launch. Shacknews has asked Valve for confirmation.

Hopefully Dota 2's in-game spectating will be in place for any beta tournaments. Like a juiced-up HLTV, it'll let fans watch matches from within their game client, complete with commentary streams.

For now, though, we'll have to make do with poor, sorry, 1080p YouTube videos, such as this one of the invigorating first game of Sunday's finals:

From The Chatty

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    August 22, 2011 9:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Dota 2 tournament $1 million finals won by Na'vi.

    Ukrainian team Na'vi lifted the novelty over-sized check for $1 million at the final of Valve's Dota 2 tournament on Sunday. Valve plans hold a similar event annually with "the best in the world" of Dota 2.

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      August 22, 2011 9:21 AM

      Is there a particular reason why you are showing the only match Na'vi lost in the whole tournament in an article that's about Na'vi winning the championship? Feels odd to me.

    • gmd
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      August 22, 2011 9:22 AM

      Ukraine is game to you?

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      August 22, 2011 9:48 AM

      the Ukraine is weak, it is feeble!

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      August 22, 2011 10:08 AM

      now they must change name to MECHA STALIN

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      August 22, 2011 10:32 AM

      beta soon :O

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        August 22, 2011 10:39 AM

        no whammies no whammies no whammies no whammies no whammies

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      August 22, 2011 10:56 AM

      im sad i can't wake up and immediately start watching dota2 matches anymore. :(

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      August 22, 2011 11:00 AM

      It would be awesome if his parents ever told him he was wasting his life playing video games.

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      August 22, 2011 2:19 PM

      I just want them to reveal if it will be F2P or Paid?

    • rak
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      August 22, 2011 2:42 PM

      those were fun to watch, can't come out soon enough!

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      August 22, 2011 3:31 PM

      Too bad they are just going to spend it on Yoohoo and POKEMANS