The biggest tournament in eSports history has now come to a close, with a relatively new team taking home the grand prize.
It’s been a long old road in this Dota 2 International 4, hasn’t it. Since we started covering the tournament a couple of months ago, up until today, it’s taken many twists and turns. The Compendium for the tournament surpassed a staggering $10 million USD prize pool, players were denied visas to the US in order to compete, and last year’s champions, Alliance, were knocked out in the playoff rounds. Oh, and the Techies were revealed during the All-Star match - that was a definite stand-out moment!
But here we are, just a day after the end of the grand final, and in the match-up between NewBee and ViCi Gaming we saw NewBee taking home the Aegis of Champions and bagging themselves a massive $5 million - $5,028,174, to be exact. This also marks the first time in the tournament’s four years that two Chinese teams have faced off in the final.
The above screenshot is taken from the official Dota 2 website.
The best of five matches were played out with NewBee winning three of them, securing their place as International 2014 champions. The longest match took just 26 minutes, with the shortest being 15 mins.
Newbee are a relatively new team - quite ironic for the name – and were formed back in February 2014. But that hasn’t stopped them cementing their place in eSports history, and we’re looking forward to seeing them appear in other competitions in the future – can they do the same next year?