Two series, three teams, $6.5 million on the line. This is the final day of The International Dota 2 Championships and it holds to be a fascinating day. There couldn’t be better drama if it was scripted.
LGD Gaming remain in TI:5, the reliable juggernaut — the pinnacle of Chinese Dota. A team everyone thought would be there. Evil Geniuses are USA’s last hope to win its first International, and up until yesterday they looked like the favorites to do just that. They have the best young player in the world in SumaiL, about to become a bonafide superstar of Dota but suddenly this team looks fallible.
Then there’s CDEC Gaming. The team nobody thought would be here. A squad nobody predicted, made up of relative unknowns and seen as the third or fourth best team to come out of China. They played their way from a Wild Card spot into the Grand Finals of TI:5 and everyone now seems them as the team to beat. They may not have the best individual talent, but they play like a team better than anyone left in the field.
How to watch
Broadcast begins live at 1 p.m. ET, with the first game typically beginning around 2 p.m. Competition will continue throughout the afternoon until all games are played.
If you are new to Dota 2 the best stream to watch is the newcomer stream, which focuses more on introductory concepts and less on high-level strategies.
Here is the full schedule for Saturday
Lower Bracket Finals
Evil Geniuses vs. LGD Gaming (Best of 3)
CDEC Gaming vs. winner of Evil Geniuses/ LGD Gaming (Best of 5)