Dota 2’s Community Casting International Qualifiers

Valve’s Dota 2 [official site] championship The International isn’t until August (though it already has a community-funded prize pool of almost $9 million), but is about to settle the four positions earned through regional qualifiers. Eight days of non-stop professional Dota 2 matches are kicking off on Monday, meaning very little sleep. A large number of prominent Dota 2 players, casters, fans and analysts are taking this opportunity to have join together in Bucharest to cast the whole event.

With 35 of them descending on PGL’s studio, they’ve split into three casting teams for non-stop coverage of the event. The full list of personalities and links to the streams can be found over on the Dota 2 subreddit. If you follow the scene, there’s bound to be at least one analyst or pro players you like in attendance.

The next week or so is going to be pretty hectic, so make sure you know when to rest so you don’t miss your favourite teams. May 25th to 28th are the Americas and China qualifiers, while May 29th to June 1st belong to Europe and Southeast Asia. You can find the full list of all teams taking part at the International website. Each regional winner will join all the already-invited teams through to the full championship series. Guess that’s why they call it the Invitational.

Pro tip: Pro plus and cat naps. You’ve taken the next week off work, right?


  1. Horg says:

    Damn, I was hoping the GD studio would host in Sweden again this year. The house kittens on kitten cam were the highlight of the event : 3

    • shaydeeadi says:

      2GD said he is looking into the logistics of a responsible way to get kittens in for the qualifiers in the thread linked. Possibly.

    • iviv says:

      Kitten trapped under sofa!

  2. shadowbadger says:

    Anyone know if there will be a newbie cast for this? Really enjoyed the newbie cast for the last International and would be very interested in a similar thing for this

    • theodacourt says:

      I don’t think there’s a newbie cast for the qualifiers, but last years was popular enough than they will probably bring it back for the main tournament. Nothing has been confirmed though, just a hunch.

  3. Cederic says:

    Why “caster” and not “commentator”?

    Always sounds weird to me. Maybe I’m just too old.

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      It’s evolved from “Shoutcaster” which was applied to people who commentated on multiplayer FPS games in the late ’90’s/early 00’s.
      They were called Shoutcasters because the games often had a way to spectate the action but no in-game commentary so these enterprising individuals set up their own commentary radio channels using Nullsoft’s freeware ShoutCast streaming software.
      Thus spectators were able to listen to the commentary via WinAMP while watching the action in the game client simultaneously.