TI9: OG defeat Team Liquid to become back-to-back champions - Final Placements - Dexerto

TI9: OG defeat Team Liquid to become back-to-back champions – Final Placements

Published: 25/Aug/2019 15:05 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:08

by Michael Gwilliam


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Dota 2’s The International 2019 has concluded with Europe’s OG taking home over $15 million in prize winnings from Shanghai, China at the Mercedes-Benz center.

The crowd witnessed OG lift their second Aegis as confetti rained down upon their display of glory, as they finished off the best of five grand final in four games, 3-1.

This is OG’s second straight International victory, and the first team to not only do it back-to-back, but do it with the same exact roster.

This move fully questions the wisdom of teams who constantly shuffle after every TI instead of having the same roster continue to build chemistry over the years, and surely will make GMs question their strategies moving forward.

Many questioned if their win last year was a fluke. Now we can say definitively that those statements have been shut down and we’re looking at the birth of a Dota 2 dynasty.

OG included the following players in 2019’s International victory:


  • Anathan ‘ana’ Pham
  • Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen
  • Sabastien ‘7ckngMad’ Debs
  • Jesses ‘JerAx’ Vainikka
  • Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein

The International 2019 Final Placements

Place Team Prize
1 OG $15,573,391
2 Team Liquid $4,449,540
3 PSG.LGD $3,080,451
4 Team Secret $2,053,634
5-6 Evil Geniuses $1,197,953
5-6 ViCi Gaming $1,197,953
7-8 Royal Never Give Up $855,681
7-8 Infamous $855,681
9-12 Virtus.Pro $684,545
9-12 TNC Predator $684,545
9-12 Newbee $684,545
9-12 Mineski $684,545
13-16 Alliance $513,408
13-16 Fnatic $513,408
13-16 Keen Gaming $513,408
13-16 Natus Vincere $513,408
17-18 Ninjas in Pyjamas $85,568
17-18 Chaos Esports Club $85,568

With that, the Dota 2 season is complete and will pick back up again as the 2019-2020 Dota Pro Circuit gets underway on November 16-24 at a thus-far unannounced location.

A full roster shuffle is anticipated before then, as most teams will try to pick up the pieces in anticipation of The International 2020.


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
Bart Oerbekke/ESL
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.