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TI9: OG roster become first back-to-back Grand Finalists at The International

Published: 24/Aug/2019 20:39 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 14:49

by Albert Petrosyan


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European esports organization OG are back in the Grand Final of Dota 2‘s The International 2019, becoming the first team to make it to back-to-back Grand Finals with the same exact roster.


With over $34 million and so much honor on the line at The International 2019, it’s no surprise that Dota 2’s biggest tournament of the year has been a highly intense affair for the most part.

18 of the world’s strongest and most prominent teams booked their ticket to the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai to battle it out for the biggest prize pool ever seen for one single esports competition.


The tournament is deep in its latter stages, with OG already having made it to the Grand Final and waiting to see which team from the Losers Bracket will join them on the big stage.

Of course, they won it all at last year’s International, and now they’ve managed to repeat the feat of at least making it back to the final match, becoming the first to do so with the same exact group of players.


  • Johan “N0tail” Sundstein 
  • Sébastien “7ckngMad” Debs 
  • Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka 
  • Anathan “ana” Pham 
  • Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen 
  • Cristian “ppasarel” Banasean (Coach)
eGG NetworkOG are back in the Grand Finals of The International with the same roster they won it all in 2018.

OG’s road to the Grand Final at TI9

OG were one of the stronger teams coming into TI9, so it came as no major surprise when they topped Group B with 14 points and a 6-2-0 record following the Group Stage matches.

Starting off in the Winners Bracket, they defeated Newbee 2-0 then Evil Geniuses 2-1, before setting up a rematch of last year’s Grand Final against PSG.LGD.

The Winners Bracket Final ended up being a tight contest, but OG pulled out the 2-1 win and advanced to the Grand Final, while PSG.LGD dropped down to Losers to play Team Liquid.


The winner will then advance to face OG with everything on the line, but will have to beat the defending champions twice, since they came out of the Winners Bracket.

OG - TwitterOG’s run to the TI9 Grand Finals has been a lot easier than in 2018.

OG win TI8, a Cinderalla story for the ages

OG lifing the trophy at last year’s International was truly a moment that will be forever remembered in Dota 2 history.


Leading up to the tournament, 2018 had not been a good year for the team, and unexpected roster shuffles had the squad barely making it through the qualifiers for TI8.

However, with the odds really stacked against them, they managed to pull a rabbit out of the hat and engrave their names in history by somehow finishing in first place.

In honor of that incredible achievement, Red Bull published a documentary that goes behind-the-scenes of the road that led to the unbelievable feat, appropriately titled ‘Against the Odds.’

The Losers Bracket Final between PSG.LGD and Team Liquid will be played on Sunday, August 25 at 10 AM local time, which is 7 PM PT / 10 PM ET on Saturday, August 24.

The Grand Final is scheduled for 11 PM PT on August 24, which is 2 AM ET and 2 PM local time on Aug 25.

You can catch all of the action live with our dedicated The International 2019 hub, which includes livestreams, scores, past results, and more.


DOTA 2’s The International 10 achieves world record $40 million prize pool

Published: 10/Oct/2020 0:52

by Bill Cooney


There certainly won’t be any shortage of prize money at DOTA 2’s The International in 2020, with a record-setting amount of over $40 million for the prize pool being accumulated.

The pinnacle of Dota 2 esports is one of the largest celebrations of the popular MOBA, and its record-setting prize pool is a big part of that. Valve usually contributes a baseline of $1.6 million to the pot with the rest coming from player purchases.


25% of all sales for applicable in-game items purchased from the Battle Pass also go into the reward, which has just passed another impressive milestone.

Close to a month after The International 10’s prize pool surpassed that of the 2019 competition’s roughly $33 million mark, it’s now surpassed the ridiculous sum of $40 million.

The International 2020 Prize Pool
Not only is $40 million a record sum for DOTA events, it’s also a record for esports in general.

What’s even more impressive is how quickly fans and players managed to build up to such a staggering dollar amount. In 2019, the then-record breaking sum of $34.3 million was reached in about 110 days before the event began.

The International 10’s prize pool got to that record-breaking number in only 93 days, and reached the $40 million mark roughly a month later just as the Battle Pass ended.

It was clear shortly after the initial launch of the Battle Pass for 2020, that we could very well be in store for another record-breaking year. On the first day of sales, the contribution from battle pass sales reached $6.5 million far above the previous first-day record of $5.8 million.


Biggest Prize Pools in Esports

  1. The International 2020 – $40,000,000+
  2. The International 2019 – $34,330,069
  3. The International 2018 – $25,532,177
  4. The International 2016 – $20,770,460.00
  5. The International 2015 – $18,429,613.05
  6. Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019: Solo – $15,287,500.00

Source: Esports Earnings

Dota 2 Prize Tracker
The TI10 prize pool has absolutely smashed every previous year so far.

As you can tell from the above graph, the $40 million in prize money far exceeds the high point it’s reached in previous years, exponentially higher than even last year’s record-setting spectacle, which was also miles ahead of previous years at basically every step of the way.

Obviously, not being able to physically travel to or watch the premier live event for DOTA 2 esports did little to nothing to dampen fan’s enthusiasm, and as a result, we now officially have a new world record for the largest prize pool at an esports event in history.