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TI9 could see first all Western final since 2013

Published: 24/Aug/2019 20:56 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:09

by Bill Cooney


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The 2019 International Dota 2 Championships will wrap up on August 25 and if Team Liquid have their way, we could see the first all Western international final in over half a decade.

The International has been going on since August 20 and now there’s only one more match remaining before the Grand Finals and a new champ is crowned.

To earn the right to face the 2018 International champs OG in the grand finale, Team Liquid and PSG.LGD will have a showdown in the Loser’s Finals at 10 AM EST on Sunday, August 25.

As always, you can tune in right here with Dexerto and our official TI9 match hub for both of the Finals on Sunday.

ValveTeams will battle out for the grand prize of $15,543,621 on Sunday.

How did we get here?

To start things off, Team Liquid had a rough time in the Group Stage, where they actually lost 0-2 against PSG.LGD in a match on Day two.

Since then though, they’ve managed to claw their way back through the loser’s bracket to face the very impressive Chinese squad one more time.

PSG has gone on an impressive run this year, going 5-3-0 in the Group Stage before dominating the bracket leading up to Sunday’s rematch with Team Liquid.

With an all-China roster, and The International taking place in Shanghai this year, PSG is definitely the favorite for local fans – who have made the team’s matches very entertaining to watch.

What about OG?

Whatever team wins on Sunday morning will have to try and dethrone OG in the Grand Finals, who did even better than PSG in the group stage, going 6-2-0.

OG features an entire roster of impressive players, like for example mid player Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen, who came into The International unproven, but has already emerged as a rising star of his own.

ValveOG are looking to take home even more hardware with a repeat of their 2018 Finals performance.

August 25 promises to be one of the biggest days for Dota 2 so far in 2019 – and it will be fun to watch and see who ends up walking away as champion.


ESL and DreamHack get dedicated TV coverage in SPORT1 deal

Published: 28/Oct/2020 9:51 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 10:43

by Adam Fitch


ESL Gaming have expanded their partnership with German television channel SPORT1 to broadcast Dota 2, StarCraft II, and other titles.

Starting on November 3rd, both ESL and DreamHack will have some of their tournaments broadcast on eSportsONE, a new esports-focused linear TV channel, through the renewed deal.

SPORT1 will serve as the exclusive TV partner of ESL’s Dota 2 tournaments, effectively making the channel one of the main broadcasters for some of the organizer’s flagship events like ESL One Birmingham, ESL One Hamburg, and ESL One Los Angeles.

eSportsONE will also broadcast the ESL Pro Tour for both StarCraft II and WarCraft III in Germany, as well as events for NBA 2K and Rocket League.

ESL One Hamburg SPORT1
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ESL One Hamburg is a fan favorite Dota 2 event.

An emphasis is also to be placed on “exclusive, original produced analysis” that will account for over 1,000 hours of TV per year alongside events.

Media rights deals are common in traditional sports, with the highest percentage of revenue for many sports actually coming through transactions with television channels. Esports are not on that same level yet but this type of partnership has become more prominent and expected in the past couple of years.

“Having seen the success of eSPORTS1 in German-speaking countries, we are excited to join forces with long-term partner SPORT1 for the rollout of the linear channel eSportsONE across Europe,” said Frank Uddo, ESL’s SVP of global media. “ESL aims to serve the esports community all across Europe, and eSportsONE’s comprehensive and versatile portfolio makes it a great option to view premium esports content.”

With events moving online in the first quarter of 2020, and there being no end in sight at the time of writing, eSportsONE will have a lot of content to choose from.

ESL One Dota 2 tournaments have typically been split up into regions, with China, Europe & CIS, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia all having their own competitions and winners. ESL One Germany is currently ongoing but will end before this new deal comes into effect.