The Allliance Takes Home $1.4 Million From The International 3
The Alliance take the Aegis of Champions at The International 3.
After seven days of grueling competition, The Alliance finally walks away as world champions. It took one final slugfest of a five game series that went the distance against former champions Na`Vi. The entire event was broadcast live on Swedish national television. They Alliance came in as the favorites and walked away with the ultimate prize. This marks the second year in a row that Na`Vi have come up short in the grand finals at The International. The Alliance take home $1.4 million in prize money, the largest pot in history.
Right now, even with unofficial numbers, The International 3 went down as the most viewed eSports event in history. The unofficial tally for maximum concurrent views is currently estimated at somewhere around 900,000 during the grand final on Twitch and within the in-game client combined. The numbers for Swedish and Chinese national television may not come in for some days, if ever. The combination of viewers and prize pool make this the most important eSports event ever, highlighting its viability and presence in mainstream culture..
The storyline throughout much of the tournament was focused solely on the players. Its believed that this will be the final International appearance for DoTA carry legend Xu “BurNIng” Zhilei. His team, DK, was eliminated in round four of the losers bracket. They finished in the money, claiming $115,000 in the 5th-6th slot. BurNIng was very emotional after their loss to the eventual 3rd place Orange.Neolution. It wasn’t the way he wanted to end his career, but he goes out as one of the greatest to ever play the game.
Another major story was the fall defending champions Invictus Gaming. They had troubles throughout the tournament and were never able to recover. They too, were eliminated in the 4th round of the losers bracket. They participated in the longest match in history of professional Dota; against DK in the first round of the upper bracket, going 98 minutes 58 seconds and setting a record for the most gold held by a single player in a single game. It was also painfully boring to watched, and exposed some weaknesses in the Chinese Dota playstyle.
The final chapter in the event was probably the most chaotic. In the losers bracket final, Na`Vi took a decisive game three thanks to a fatal error by Orange’s Lee “kYxY” Kong Yang, who accidentally destroyed the Aegis of The Immortals after his team defeated an uncontested Roshan. That mistake would subsequently cause them to lose a team fight that decided the game, and allowed Na’Vi to head to the grand finals. Lee was absolutely dejected and distraught following his mistake and apologized profusely to his fans and teammates. So far though it seems that everyone is supporting him as much as they possibly can.
It was a truly grand event that really put eSports on the same level of quality as professional sports. It makes one wonder what things will be like a year from now. Will Dota 2 expand even more, or has it peaked?