3 Things to Know About the 2021 Dota 2 The International 10 Tournament
After a one-year hiatus, the Dota 2 The International is back on the global stage with its biggest and most unique installment of the tournament yet. The 10th edition of The International opened its doors this Thursday, and now’s a good time to know more about the biggest and most lucrative esports tournament in the world.
Read on for our list of the three things we need to know about the Dota 2 The International 10 tournament below. And for all the latest buzz surrounding the esports betting realm, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.
TI’s Largest Prize Pool to Date
Year after year, The International (TI) makes all other major esports events dwarf in comparison in terms of prize money. The International I10 has a total purse of $40 million (~742.8 BTC) this year; an increase of $6 million from 2019’s $34 million prize pool. This makes TI10 the richest esports tournament in history; something that Dota 2 developer Valve has had a stranglehold on in the entire professional gaming scene ever since the tournament’s inception.
The global pandemic certainly factored into the prize pool’s massive increase, as TI’s festivities were postponed last year also due to COVID-19. Dota fans have waited over two years for their favorite esports event to return, and they showed full support for their love of the game. The International’s prize pool is funded by the fans themselves by way of monthly battle pass subscriptions, which goes to show that Dota 2 is far from being dethroned as the most popular game in all of esports.
Net Cafe Atmosphere in Bucharest
COVID-19 continues to play a huge role in live esports gaming circles. Due to the increased spread of the virus in Romania, Valve officially declared that there will be no fans in attendance during the tournament’s matches. Thus, battles between the world’s top Dota 2 contenders will take place in a unique setting, one without a loud crowd cheering them on this year.
Thankfully, esports tournament organizers are more than prepared for cases such as these; more so than professional sports production teams at times. Video gaming streams have been the norm since Twitch took off in the 2010s, and the largest gaming streaming platform will stream the event live on Dota 2 The International’s official Twitch channel. Viewers can also catch TI10 on Valve’s own live streaming platform on SteamTV.
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Reigning Champs are UnderdOGs?
There’s a stacked field of teams that earned their spot into TI10, such as points leader Evil Geniuses, Virtus Pro, Invictus, and PSG.LGD just to name a few. However, there’s one team missing from the consensus list of favorites, and that is team OG.
OG, Europe’s Red Bull-backed powerhouse, needed to qualify by way of the Western Europe qualifiers in order to defend the Aegis of Champions Trophy. OG is the only team to win more than one TI championship and they did so in back-to-back seasons at that from 2018 to 2019.
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