Dota 2’s The International Will Happen August 3rd

Last year’s annual Dota 2 tournament, known as The International, had a prize pool of over $10 million and was funded in small part by Valve but mostly by the sale of a kind of magic, digital sticker book. What will The International deliver in 2015, I wonder. Funding by way of enchanted breeks, or perhaps a Dota-themed Pog revival?

I would believe anything, but confirmation will come in August because The International 2015 will happen August 3rd-8th in Seattle.

Perhaps such things as magical books aren’t enough to compel you to watch a wizarding esport, but last year’s tournament also saw the introduction of a stream dedicated to newcomers, where the commentary concerned itself more with explaining the basics of what was happening and less with high-level tactical chat. It wasn’t perfect, but hopefully Valve expand on the idea this year. As much as I might never get into Dota as a player, I like events – they’re like parties I don’t have to leave the house to attend – and I hate feeling left out of other’s excitement over each year’s TI.

There is no other information at this point, so here are some words other than “breeks” that you might enjoy rolling around your mouth this evening:



  1. mpk says:

    I’ve always been a fan of defenestration.

    Also, that’s a nice word.

    • Moraven says:

      2nd time I seen that today.

      Saw it referenced in an Breaking Madden, sourcing MST3K, Puma Man

  2. Horg says:

    Sonofabitch, that be Bloodstock weekend :(

  3. Wang Tang says:

    But look! I got some cool pogs. “The International” pogs! Remember “The International”? It’s back…in pog form!

  4. Lacero says:

    The newbie stream is excellent. But, it only works for your first game because once you’ve heard Purge explain why last hitting is important and how roshan works you don’t really need to hear it in every match.

    I don’t know how he managed to do it so patiently all tournament long.

    • Martel says:

      I ended up finding that to be my favorite stream even if I did have to hear things explained over and over. Something about their calm voices and lack of screeching until my ears bled every time a major kill happened.

  5. Moraven says:

    Surprised they have not looked to put the Finals in EU, or China.

    LoL seemed to work in Korea other than abysmal live viewing times for everywhere else.

  6. wondermoth says:

    Meanwhile, the Smite World Championships start today; $2.5 mil prize pool.