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The International 2018 ends tomorrow. By day’s end, over $US25 million ($34 million) will be divided up among 18 teams from around the world with the lion’s share, $US11.1 million ($15 million), going to first place. Whoever that turns out to be at this point, though, will be a team almost nobody saw coming.

The tournament for Valve’s action strategy game Dota 2 saw favourites crushed and underdogs rise up in the first day of matches, and the shocking upsets haven’t stopped since.


The International 2018 officially got underway this week and surprise, there were a number of problems with various streaming feeds going down in the middle of the Dota 2 matches. Valve sent out a tweet last night apologising for the outages, but given how big and lucrative the event is, it still feels like the company should have their shit more together by now.


Just before midnight on 10 August 2016, I jumped up from my seat screaming at the top of my lungs about Dota 2. I wasn’t even playing the game myself, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to understand it on the level of the players I watched that night.

In a Dota 2 match that remains one of the most dramatic ever played in the game’s history, Evil Geniuses and EHOME played their asses off for 75 minutes, only for one to strike a surprise deathblow in the 76th.