The International 2015

It’s that time of year again when the biggest Dota 2 event, The International, rolls around and our favourite esports host Paul ‘ReDeYe’ Chaloner will be taking the reins. It’s been a little over a year since ReDeYe first appeared as a host in the Dota 2 scene but since then he has gained support and praise from the Dota community.

The International 2015 will be held at the KeyArena Center in Seattle, Washington from the 3rd to the 8th of August. The International 5 will be the biggest event in esports history with a prize pool of $15 million, some of which was raised through purchasing in-game items.

This year’s International is unusual in that not all of the previous winners were automatically invited but had to compete in the qualifiers. Unlike 2012 and 2014 champions Invictus Gaming and Newbee, 2013 champions Alliance and 2011 champions Natus Vincere had to compete in the qualifiers which resulted in Alliance unable to qualify. Another first for the event this year was the inclusion of the Open Qualifier where amateur and professional teams that weren’t invited to the main event or the qualifiers could compete for a spot.

ReDeYe will be joined by a plethora of talent at the casting desk:

    • TobiWan
    • BlitzDota
    • ODPixel
    • Zyori
    • Kotlguy
    • PyrionFlax
    • SyndereN
    • Capitalist
    • Draskyl
    • Wagamama
    • Winter
    • LD
    • GoDz
    • Purge

 

Joining them at the analysis desk with fan favourite and pro player credentials are:

  • Merlini
  • 7ckngMad
  • Nahaz
  • Sheever
  • NoxvilleZA

 

Providing top class interviews and observing during the event will be:

  • Hot_Bid
  • Weppas
  • skrff

 

This year’s event will feature 16 teams rather than the 8 teams that competed last year. Invictus Gaming has secured some solid top 4 wins in recent major tournaments such as Major All stars and Red Bull Battle grounds. Will that be enough to push them towards a win at TI5 or will other teams such as Evil Geniuses, who have performed well recently in premier tournaments or Natus Vincere, who pushed their way through the European qualifiers, take the lead?

With double the talent, who will lay claim to a chunk of that $15 million prize pool and the number one spot?

To watch the action live or catch up with the vods, go to the Dota2 The International channel.

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