Dota 2 The International winners scoop $1,437,204

"I'm so excited to watch the replays for The International 3's grand finals!" I thought this morning, with a little more grogy muttering and cussing, "But I'll just check there's nothing pressing in my work e-mail." And then I saw the press release from Valve at 5am boldly declaring the winner. Bum. So I'll avoid naming names in these opening lines, only saying that the winning five-man team takes home a whopping $1,437,204.

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"I'm so excited to watch the replays for The International 3's grand finals!" I thought this morning, with a little more groggy muttering and cussing, "But I'll just check there's nothing pressing in my work e-mail." And then I saw the press release from Valve at 5am boldly declaring the winner. Bum. So I'll avoid naming names in these opening lines, only saying that the winning five-man team takes home a whopping $1,437,204.

The finals saw Swedish team The Alliance facing the mostly-Ukranian team Na'Vi. Every match of the best-of-five finals was needed to declare a winner, but The Alliance scooped the big money.

The Alliance won a staggering $1,437,204 as the winners, while Na'vi take home $632,370, and Orange earned $287,441. The top eight of TI3's sixteen teams all got prize money, down to $43,116 for eighth. The total prize pool was a colossal $2,874,407, boosted by sales of Dota 2's Compendium. Valve started the pool with $1.6 million, then added $2.50 for each $10 virtual sticker album it sold. Once again, its weird experiments with engaging fans have paid off nicely.

This was the third International finals for Na'vi, who won the first tournament, then lost to Invictus Gaming in 2012, and barely squeezed into the finals this year. Na'vi were losing badly in the third game of the best-of-three losers' bracket finals against Chinese team Orange, but mounted an astonishing comeback--helped in part by Orange accidentally denying its own Aegis.

Head on this-a-way to watch the finals if you missed them, either as commentated replays or plain old YouTube videos. Here's the first game of the grand finals, with all the grand fanfare, introductions, predictions, and Dendi shenanigans:

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    August 12, 2013 9:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Dota 2 The International winners scoop $1,437,204.

    "I'm so excited to watch the replays for The International 3's grand finals!" I thought this morning, with a little more grogy muttering and cussing, "But I'll just check there's nothing pressing in my work e-mail." And then I saw the press release from Valve at 5am boldly declaring the winner. Bum. So I'll avoid naming names in these opening lines, only saying that the winning five-man team takes home a whopping $1,437,204.

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      August 12, 2013 9:46 AM

      I didn't watch the matches live after halfway into the third match and still clicked show on the winners this morning before watching the final round. It actually made things much more interesting, both rounds 3 and 5 were extremely close!

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      August 12, 2013 10:01 AM

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        August 12, 2013 10:17 AM

        does anyone have a link to the final game? I don't play or watch usually, but I'd like to check it out. Not sure where it was streamed. Will watch when I get home after work :)

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          August 12, 2013 6:55 PM

          original article had it. Was still weird watching from someone that doesn't play the game.

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      August 12, 2013 10:11 AM

      Good troll Alice ; )

      "I will avoid naming names in these opening lines"... half a paragraph later {WINNERS WON}

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        August 12, 2013 10:21 AM

        That's not trolling. There's a clear implication that I will name the winner later in the story.

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          August 12, 2013 10:29 AM

          ehhhhhhhhhhhhhh. The reveal is too close to that statement. After reading that line I would assume the next tiny paragraph was safe and would've read forward. Maybe i'm just dumb?

          To be fair it is "after the fold" so to speak, and it looks like you marked spoilers in the "Read more" link. However, neither of those things matter to anyone clicking through from the chatty like I did. I watched the games, so I don't really care, but it feels like a troll coming from the right angle.

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            August 12, 2013 10:37 AM

            Why would anyone even be reading a story about the winner of TI3 if they were actively avoiding spoilers? A story which says it will reveal the winner at some point, at that. Who is this hypothetical fool?

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              August 12, 2013 10:45 AM

              The fact that you publicly announced there was a winner of TI3 is spoiler enough. You ruled out the possibility that the games were still going on right now and you should be ashamed of yourself for that.

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              August 12, 2013 12:12 PM

              I don't know this is the Internet. Someone skimming an RSS feed, or just browsing around and clicking shit, it can see it happening pretty easily. Really, I just think the reveal is too close to the disclaimer text is all. Apparently no one else agrees, so my point is rendered moot.

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                August 12, 2013 12:23 PM

                So because hypothetical people are bad at the Internet I'm trolling?

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                  August 12, 2013 12:51 PM

                  No, it legitimately looked like a well crafted troll to me given the proximity of the spoiler text to the promise not to spoil it. Somewhat akin to someone saying "Don't worry I don't feel like slapping you right now", counting to ten, and then slapping you in the face. Sure, they didn't slap you just then, but it was a bait-and-switch type scenario.

                  I tried to point out that direct access to the article (via clicking a link in the chatty or reading it via RSS feed or something (does shack even have full article RSS feeds?)) bypasses the protection offered up by the first paragraph summary text and the "read more" link text, but apparently i'm just a stupid fat idiot. I made my point, you are free to disagree with the assessment. I see no reason to continue discussing it ; )

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                    August 12, 2013 12:52 PM

                    I think you should stop using the internet all together.

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                      August 12, 2013 1:07 PM

                      Your contributions were paramount in me realizing the error of my ways walker, you are truly a scholar and a gentleman. I will now abandon this dank, dark and secluded hovel leaving behind the wicked sinful devils of the Internet and venture forth out into the great unknown wilderness of life.

                      Godspeed walker. I pray to almighty Jesus that you may be allowed to continue on your righteous path, to impart your wisdom and grace on the uneducated. May you wipe the sand from their crusted eyes so that they too may see the light and venture forth to find the next grand stage.

                      Godspeed sir, and may the one true messiah bless your soul.

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                        August 12, 2013 1:14 PM

                        This just reaffirms my position about you and internet using.

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            August 12, 2013 10:40 AM

            what

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            August 12, 2013 11:20 AM

            Maybe i'm just dumb? Definitely the problem in this case

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      August 12, 2013 10:41 AM

      I had no idea what was going on. Lots of fun to watch and learn. Video game tournament = YES.

      the grand finale started off like WTF THESE PEOPLE ARE LOSERS... and then the last 3 matches... hold on to your butts. some reflexes and predictions and strategy and teamwork that was just amazing.

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        August 12, 2013 10:43 AM

        Welcome to Dota.

        I slowly converted all my LoL friends over to the PC Master Race MOBA...

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          August 12, 2013 10:46 AM

          there is no way I could actually play DOTA2. I can at least derp around in LoL :D

          but holy shit that tournament was just well done and the participants were great, the energy was great, and the whole spectacle was just awesome. the final 3 matches were just holy shit fuck.

          also notice the perfect record at the end of a certain champion.

          whoever has the fucking blue orb thing will win, I called it, lololol

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            August 12, 2013 11:00 AM

            You owe it to yourself to try it out if you like LoL. Both games are cool, but I certainly don't play Dota2 because I'm "good", I play because I like it a little better than LoL and in both games the matchmaking takes care of adjusting for skill level. The nature of these multiplayer games is that everyone can play at any skill level, and almost no one can play at the level we saw yesterday. You'll always suck in comparison to someone and always be better than someone else, and you'll always win 50% of your games, so why not have fun and learn to be better and not worry about win rate and skill brackets?

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      August 12, 2013 10:53 AM

      Luckily, I can't imagine a better set of matches to watch even if you already know the outcome. Some of the best Dota I've ever seen happened in those matches!

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      August 12, 2013 11:05 AM

      That's what I call production value.

      Great job Valve.

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      August 12, 2013 11:32 AM

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        August 12, 2013 11:57 AM

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          August 12, 2013 12:03 PM

          I'm pretty sure the casters just slipped up a few times. I clearly remember them clarifying that 100% win rate as being ONLY for the grand finals, and not the whole tournament.

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            August 12, 2013 12:12 PM

            Wisp has a 100% win rate amongst games where Wisp was on the winning team.

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              August 12, 2013 12:27 PM

              Er, not exactly. That rate increased to 123.5% when Na'Vi was doing fountain hooks.

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          August 12, 2013 12:09 PM

          it was 100% for the best of 5.

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          August 12, 2013 12:35 PM

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        August 12, 2013 12:48 PM

        It's not really Wisp, but his Relocate and the hero he takes with him that is awesome. Having Wisp and NP can be devastating, as we saw, because if you try to gank one person, you can have NP, Wisp + one all up in your grill.

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      August 12, 2013 12:29 PM

      Best esports event I've watched but that was a fuckton of dota. By the finals I was a little tired of watching. The benefit of so many games is that the best teams really did win though.

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        August 12, 2013 12:31 PM

        Yeah, I've got zero interest in watching competitive DotA2 until TI4 after that.

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        August 12, 2013 12:34 PM

        i was amazed there were no dead air moments like you get with mlg(sc2 when they just show the audience or waiting screens), every moment they had something planned. it was incredible. and you couldnt ask for a better final series to finish the tourney and showcase the game for the masses.

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          August 12, 2013 12:36 PM

          I dunno, I felt like there was a lot of weird pauses among the analyst panel. Not exactly the same as content dead-air, but it did feel off to me.

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            August 12, 2013 1:12 PM

            ya, the chemistry on the panel kinda of sucked. really awkward sometimes.

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          August 12, 2013 12:58 PM

          Watching all of the coverage this week lead me to one conclusion, Valve is really, really good at this. My only wish is that I could have watched the in-between game streams from the client. Watching the game from within the client is far superior.

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            August 12, 2013 1:05 PM

            This. The only thing it is missing was a twitch overlay so they could stream in video right into the client.

            esports is pretty cool right now

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      August 12, 2013 6:28 PM

      FInally watched the grand finals.
      That's the most of any game tournament I've ever watched and it was brilliant.

      Was that the biggest International ever?
      Dya think DOTA 2 peaks this year since its finally released? Or is TI4 gonna be bigger?

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        August 12, 2013 6:40 PM

        I think part of TI's huge success is because it's the one big DotA2 tournament of the year. Teams are formed leading up to it, and fall apart shortly after.

        So long as DotA2 doesn't oversaturate like LoL or SC2, I think the TI's will keep being huge. If we get to the point where there's monthly huge tournaments like this, then the viewership will fall off dramatically.

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      August 13, 2013 4:43 AM

      Does this game offer single-player AI? I have zero interest in the competitive or even casual MP side of it. Just curious.

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