The International is the biggest Dota 2 tournament in the world. With Valve slapping down over one million dollars in prize money, the best teams from the around world flock to Seattle to claim their share.
A lot has happened since the last International. No Tidehunter (now known as Alliance) stomped at Dreamhack Winter. One of the most famous teams in the world, Na’Vi, has had multiple team alterations to try and reverse their declining performance. It would be rude not to mention Invictus Gaming, The International 2012 champions who put China on the Dota 2 map. They’ve been training hard since that day, and are ready to do it all over again.
Here are the teams of The International 2013.
Thirteen teams have been invited; the last three will be decided with western and eastern qualifiers, as well as one wild card.
Invictus Gaming (IG)
IG are the Chinese champions of Dota 2, currently holding the International title. The current IG was created under controversial circumstances in 2011. First IG signed four players from rivals LGD, creating a second Dota 2 team. Then in November of 2011, they merged both teams together, dropping five players in the process.
The controversy was all but forgotten come 2012, when IG entered their Dota 2 team into The International and proceeded to win the losers bracket and face previous champions Na’Vi. I remember the matches well; two different teams, from two different countries and with two very different play styles. IG won a 3-1 victory.
Check out this youtube video of Wong “ChuaN” Hock Chuan’s rise to Dota 2 fame. He originally was a keen basketball player until he sustained a career ending injury. He instead would participate in another sport entirely: Dota.