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NewBee wins the 2014 Dota 2 International

2014 Dota 2 International Winners NewBee Aegis

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NewBee have beaten ViCi Gaming in the Dota 2 International 2014 grand finals for a total of over $5 million dollars. The Chinese team have had a rollercoaster of a tournament: only last week they were fighting elimination from the playoffs. But since then they stormed through the brackets to secure their place in the grand final on day one of the main event.

The first place prize ensures that each player will receive at least one million dollars each, and automatically places them as the highest earning eSport players in the world.

NewBee’s path to the final was nothing short of one of the biggest surprises in International history. They were tied for tenth place in the playoffs, and had to battle against Mousesports and LGD to stave off elimination. Smashing both teams, they earned themselves a spot in the bubble brackets, in which they went onto beat the likes of Titan, Na’Vi and IG for a place in the upper bracket in the main event. Their snowballing success didn’t stop there, as they went onto beat both ViCi and EG to secure their place in the final on day one of the main event.

ViCi initially enjoyed a much easier route to the finals, placing in the top two teams during the playoffs and advancing straight to the upper bracket. It was in the main event where they began to falter, first being demoted to the lower bracket by none other than NewBee. There they had to claw their way back into the finals by overcoming Cloud9, Team DK and EG. The whole world was watching through Dota TV, Twitch and even ESPN.

2014 Dota 2 International Winners NewBee

The finals themselves were tense as both teams succeeded in retaliating against each other to tie it up one game apiece in the best of five early on. The balance began to shift when NewBee picked up the third game with an incredible performance from Mu on his Puck, with a definitive victory at the Roshan pit securing the win.

With NewBee only one game away from taking the championship, all the tension accumulated into the fourth match. ViCi drafted a core Weaver and Venomancer, a Nature’s Prophet for the push along with the support of Ancient Apparition and Sand King. NewBee responded with the famous disable from Doom, Shadow Shaman and Rubick supports and Ember Spirit along with Brewmaster for their carries.

It was a slaughter: the momentum from NewBee was unstoppable. Doom put Weaver out of the fight at every engagement, Rubick and Shadow Shaman kept ViCi in place while Ember Spirit and Brewmaster mopped up. ViCi’s saving grace of the Nature’s Prophet could do no pushing of the sort. The final blow came from a prolonged teamfight at bottom lane where NewBee crushed ViCi’s offensive, followed up another convincing win in the middle lane as ViCi bought back. GG was called shortly after.

NewBee had done it. From fighting elimination to taking the grand prize, they’ve claimed their first International and along with it the biggest prize pool in eSports history.

For the rest of us it's time to stop watching Dota 2, and to start playing again; I've been itching for a game for over four days. The next couple of months will be interesting, as the infamous cult hero Techies are due to be unleashed anytime now.

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Is it just me that thought TI3 was better than TI4?

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The main stage of TI3 was personally better for me. The finals of TI3 was so epic that there might have been no way for TI4 to beat it. To be fair though in other sports, and tourneys amazing series, are outnumbered by somewhat one sided wins.

But I actually really enjoyed the qualifiers, wild card, and group stages a lot more this year, it just seemed like all the interesting storylines (Fnatic's roster issues, Liquids surprising group stage, Na'Vi, IG, and Alliance failing to win twice, Titan players getting to play Mushi and Ice3x on the main stage) all faded once the first round of the losers bracket ended.

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The finals from TI3 almost like a fairy tale. It'll take something huge to top it. I think if Icefrog prioritises in adding heroes to Captains Mode (tournament ready) asap and a few needed balance changes, it'll open up more fun strategies.

Also, is that Kotomi in your profile pic?

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It's Kotomi from Clannad, used it as my profile pic and i had no reason to change it yet :p

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I thought so. My favourite anime. Just bought both seasons on Blu-ray and re-watching it all.

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The only matches I enjoyed watching had Newbee in them (I watched 3 lol) So umm, glad they won.

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TI4 was a blast, however the final was abysmal - only the first round was enjoyable.

If EG would not have thrown their third round the final could have been much more enjoyable.

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The Chinese play style is much more conservative compared to the Western teams. When that much money is on the line, I'm not surprised we didn't seen any flamboyant picks, even from ViCi in the fourth game.

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Pretty much this: when meta is developed enough in any game/sport flamboyance, ‘big plays’ or in general something unconventional and consequently fun rarely viable and most of the time just a one time gimmick.

If Dota2 priorities wouldn’t shift from farming/pushing I foresee asians will continue to dominate and other teams switching to the ‘boring asian’ style. Heck, it’s already happening: TI4 playoff as a prove to that.

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I for one am looking forward to what Icefrog does in the next balance patch.

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I missed the first game (which Vici won), but the two I did catch saw Newbee absolutely destroying VG. Both GG in about 15 minutes. Well done to them, and it's good to see an underdog win again.

This is the first year I've watched the entire competition, or as much as I could anyway. Valve have done a great job of promoting it and especially of making it friendly to non-players. A couple of things I've picked up on though: Firstly, by offering rewards for watching in-client they're encouraging people to miss out on the grander spectacle that you get in the Twitch stream - the crowds and pyrotechnics, the commentators and graphic analyses. Secondly, I found it really difficult to keep track of the results. Nowhere obvious on the Dota 2 site could I find a results, fixtures, or positions page.

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