citing time of the year for Dota 2 fans since 2011. That’s the time when the most prestigious world tournament in this game occurs. Valve picked Bucharest as the city to host The International 2021 event. The competition gathered 18 top teams that competed across ten days for a prestigious title and tempting prizes.
The Impressive $40 Million Prize Fund
The International is the biggest tournament in the Dota 2 esports world. There is room for only 18 teams, and there are two ways to qualify. Twelve best squads that earn the most points during the season earn an automatic spot in this final event. The other six teams need to go through regional qualifiers.
Valve secured a whopping $40 million prize pool for the participants. The winners took home $18.2 million, while the second and third won $5.2 million and $3.6 million, respectively.
The competition format split 18 teams into two groups. Squads needed to be among 16 best to make it into playoffs, where they were divided into upper and lower brackets. The winners of both sections played the Grand Final to decide the champion.
Who Won The International 2021?
It was Team Spirit that ultimately won the tournament. This Russian team is the first from Eastern Europe to achieve this feat since 2011. The competition didn’t start so great for TS since they finished fourth in Group B with ten wins and six losses. They even lost to Invictus Gaming 2-1 in the Upper Bracket Quarterfinal.
That put the Team Spirit down the tiring Lower Bracket path. That’s when they started playing better and eliminated Fnatic and OG 2-0. After the win against Virtus. Pro, it was time for a rematch against Invictus Gaming. The Russian team won 2-1 and later eliminated Team Secret with the same result.
Ultimately, Team Spirit beat the main favorites PSG.LGD in the Grand Final. It was thrilling series that they ultimately won 3-2 to claim the trophy.