The International - Complete guide to TI10
The face of betting hadn’t really changed all that much for the last few hundred years or so… Until eSports like Dota 2 rose to prominence. All of a sudden, all new markets, ways to bet and, most importantly, ways to engage with the game as it’s being played, emerged across betting sites around the globe. Betting on Dota 2 is so different than, say, betting on football, that many of the usual tips and tricks don’t really work anymore. Fear not, though - Oddspedia is here to provide you with all the relevant stats, tips, info and predictions to ensure you conquer the enemy Ancient or at least bet on the team that does!
The International - Prize Pool, Teams & location
After taking a year off due to the entire world being on fire, the most elite Dota 2 tournament is back for 2021! While the core of it remains the same (the best Dota 2 teams squaring off for a grand prize funded directly through Valve and the game's millions of fans), many things have changed for this year's edition.
Since its inception in 2011, The International's most frequent home has been Seattle, which hosted six out of the first seven tournaments. In 2018, however, Valve decided to branch out and make the show a bit more international in order to match its equally diverse teams. After holding tournaments in Vancouver and Shanghai, the organizers planned to host the International 2020 edition in Stockholm Sweden - which, of course, did not end up panning out. Much to everyone's surprise, however, the Stockholm location wasn't kept. Instead, The International 10 will take place in a rather unlikely location: Bucharest's Arena Națională in the month of August. Make no mistake, however - despite the fact that Bucharest isn't quite as big of a city as Shanghai or Stockholm, Arena Națională is more than capable of hosting as many fans as needed. Its capacity of over 55,000 guests is three times that of Seattle's KeyArena, where The International took place for four years!
The International Dota 2 prize pool has always been one of the biggest in all of esports since it's partially crowd-funded by Dota 2 fans. Leading up to each tournament, Valve began selling an in-game item known as a Battle Pass, which gives players not only access to The International matches live, but also a host of unique perks and skins that they can use in their own games. As The International's popularity increases, so too do Battle Pass sales, and with them comes a bigger and bigger prize pool.
The one-year skip in 2020 did nothing to quell players' passion for the tournament, resulting in the 2021 prize pool once again breaking records - this time not only for the biggest prize offered at The International but at any esports event in history. Indeed, the winning team will bring home a grand total of over $40,000,000, with the final amount expected to be more than $10,000,000 more than the reward won by OG in 2019! The people who said you can't earn money from video games must be tearing their hair out!
Due to the 2020 main event tournament being cancelled, all the players who qualified for it had to fight for a spot once again in order to compete in the 2021 International. For some, such as Evil Geniuses, this proved to be an easy enough task, as they've always competed in the tournament and usually rank very high, even winning in 2015. For OG (the winners of the 2018 and 2019 editions), however, this re-qualification almost spelt disaster - despite qualifying for The International 2020, the Red Bull-sponsored team barely made it out of the group stage regional qualifiers this year, and while they ultimately managed to win themselves a spot, this was almost the first year in which they didn't make it to The International since their founding.
The full team of qualified teams is:
- Evil Geniuses
- Virtus Pro
- Quincy Crew
- Invictus Gaming
- Vici Gaming
- Team Secret
- Team Aster
- Thunder Predator
- Team Spirit
- SG e-sports
Dota 2 TI - Fixtures
The fixtures we present on the site aren’t just limited to big tournaments like the Dota 2 International or Dota Pro Circuit - every single match that has odds at the big bookmakers in your area will be properly represented here. Mostly that’s limited to the various qualifying tournaments for each country/region where the winning players will move up to bigger and bigger championships leading up to the International.
All matches with fixtures already available are clearly and concisely presented here, with the best odds for each market displayed automatically right alongside them. Different bookmakers may evaluate each match differently, assigning it different probabilities regarding how likely each team is to win. These probabilities directly correspond to the odds, which in turn determine how much money you can make from your bet. As such, by betting at the bookie offering the highest odds you can maximize your winnings without any additional risk. How likely it is for your bet to win or lose doesn’t really change, but how much you stand to win does.
By default, matches happening today are displayed first on our site. If you’re interested in other dates you can use the calendar to navigate to the one you wish to see, whether it’s 3 days or 3 weeks from now. You can even go back and look at past results and fixtures from matches that have already been played so that you can get a better understanding of how these teams performed and how the various bookies evaluated their chances last time.
It’s important to note that Oddspedia uses a geolocation feature that can determine which country you’re visiting the site from. We use this information to show you only the odds from bookmakers that accept bets from your country. If, for example, you live in the UK and the bookie with the highest available odds doesn’t accept UK players, then we’ll automatically show you the bookie with the best odds that does. If you’d like to see even more bookies even if they show worse odds, all you need to do is click on a match to see every available fixture for it.
Only a few years ago it would’ve seemed inconceivable for video games to be featured on some of the most prestigious betting sites in the world, spaces reserved for billion-euro competitions like the Premier League and the NBA Championship. Today, however, betting on esports is not only common, but it’s in fact so popular that there are betting sites dedicated exclusively to it, their sole purpose to provide DotA 2 enthusiasts with numerous markets that they can bet on however they like.
While most people imagine betting on the Dota 2 International must be limited to only betting on the winner of each game, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The biggest Dota 2 betting sites around the world offer a large variety of markets, such as the ever-popular “Over/Under”. While this game, in particular, doesn’t keep track of scores in any way (you can die 50 times, but as long as you still destroy the enemy Ancient you’ll still win), bookmakers sure do, and you’re allowed to bet on whether a certain team will score over or under a certain amount of kills for the duration of the game. You can also bet on specific players, gauging their likelihood to, say, draw first blood or kill Roshan first.
As the Dota 2 International 2021 draws near, bookmakers will start to update their odds for all markets - not just 1x2 (meaning betting on which team will win The International), but also for any of the aforementioned ones and then some. As such, we’re committed to showing you all of these odds right here at Oddspedia, allowing you the opportunity to make informed choices about not only the probability of your bet’s success, but also where you can maximize your winnings. Every bookie we promote here on Oddspedia has been thoroughly vetted to ensure that any of them are viable, reputable choices. The only thing you need to worry about is the odds!
But odds alone don’t tell the full story, and it’s not like bookmakers don’t make mistakes when gauging the likelihood of success. As such, we’ve prepared detailed statistics on all teams that have historically participated in the International, as well as each of their individual players. If you’re unsure about which team you should be backing in a particular match, our head-to-head comparison tool will clearly show you how they fare in direct comparison to each other. And while we can’t promise any miracles (in a game like Dota 2 even the most unlikely team has a chance to win), ultimately being armed with information ensures your bet has a much higher chance of paying off than if you just wager randomly.
The International History - Stats and Past winners
The history of The International is intimately tied with the history of Dota 2 itself, in ways that many players may not even suspect. The original Dota began its life as a mod for the game Warcraft 3 all the way back in the early 2000s, with its most successful version, Dota Allstars, developed by Steve Feak. When Feak retired from game development, the mod was inherited by a man known only as IceFrog, who took over and continued to work on it. At the same time, employees of the company Valve, at the time most famous for the Half-Life series and its own successful mod-turned-franchise Counter-Strike, quickly became fans of Dota and, in 2009, hired IceFrog to develop Dota 2 as a standalone game.
When Dota 2 was officially revealed in 2010, however, many players felt apprehensive about the new game, unsure of whether it could play similarly enough to the mod they’ve gotten used to now that it’s made on a new engine by a mostly new team. It seemed like Dota 2 was doomed before it was even released, with seasoned fans of the original unwilling to give it a shot… And that’s when Valve came up with a brilliant plan. At GamesCom 2011, the biggest gaming convention in Europe, Valve invited the top DotA teams to compete in a tournament with a $1 million prize for the winners. The catch? They would be playing DotA 2, a game that wasn’t released yet and no one had ever played. The tournament was an amazing success, giving thousands of players their first look at DotA 2 and dispelling their fears that the game was too different. In the end, it was the Ukrainian team Na’Vi (Natus Vincere) who snatched the big price, with the 2nd, 3rd and 4th place runner-ups sharing $600,000 among themselves.
The 2011 International was such a huge success that the next year the experiment was repeated, with Valve hosting a new tournament with new teams from North America, South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia, basically from all over the world, fighting for the same price. The only difference was that instead of in Cologne, the $1.6 million tournament would be fought in Seattle, a place that would become synonymous with the International all the way until 2018 when a decision would be made to host the tournament in a different city every year. The 2012 winners were the Chinese team Invictus Gaming, with last year’s champions ranking second.
With Dota 2 officially releasing in 2013, it became clear that the International was here to stay. This time, Valve wanted to offer the teams a bigger prize, and they came up with another ingenious idea to secure it. They offered the players a chance to purchase a Battle Pass for Dota 2 - a special package that granted them the right to watch The International live in-game, alongside a bunch of extra goodies like items and skins they could use in-game. All profits from the Battle Pass would go towards the prize pool, with the result being rewarded totalling over $2.8 million. Since then, Valve has sold Battle Passes every single year, and without fail each year has sold more than the last, to the point where the prize pool for the International 2019 was an astounding $34 million. That tournament was won by the mixed European team OG, who defended their title from 2018.
Summary of Past Winners
2011 - Natus Vincere - $1,600,000; Koelnmesse, Cologne
2012 - Invictus Gaming - $1,600,000; Benaroya Hall, Seattle
2013 - Alliance - $2,874,380; Benaroya Hall, Seattle
2014 - Newbee - $10,923,977; KeyArena, Seattle
2015 - Evil Geniuses - $18,429,613; KeyArena, Seattle
2016 - Wings Gaming - $20,770,460; KeyArena, Seattle
2017 - Team Liquid - $24,787,916; KeyArena, Seattle
2018 - OG - $25,532,177; Rogers Arena, Vancouver
2019 - OG - $34,330,068; Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai
2020 - None - Cancelled; Avicii Arena, Stockholm
Predictions and Free Tips
Oddspedia hosts a dedicated community of qualified tipsters who are encouraged to share their predictions and advice with the rest of the users. By selecting a match, you can see what our top tipsters think about its outcome, as well as what the community consensus is overall. We do our best to aggregate the opinions of our entire community into a single metric so that you can see at a glance which team they believe will emerge victorious.
If you’re not a big fan of aggregates and would rather see what a particular tipster has to say, all you need to do is click on their name and examine their profile. You can see all of their Dota 2 predictions there clearly, as well as their reliability percentage - meaning how many of their guesses turned out to be correct. Obviously, the higher that percentage is, the more reliable they are - and the most reliable ones we consider to be qualified tipsters!
Live Scores, Odds and News
Oddspedia prides itself on being an all-in-one stop for both punters and players, providing both with a plethora of resources that can help them in their respective goals. Here you can see at a glance all the fixtures and odds for the matches that bookies allow betting on. Our system automatically compares the odds offered by dozens of reputable bookies in order to provide you with the most profitable ones, whether they’re for a match from a local tournament or for the finale of the Dota 2 International. In addition, Oddspedia acts as a news aggregator that collects the most important Dota 2 news from multiple gaming outlets, as well as the best players’ social media accounts. Last, but not least, we host an active community of players and betting tipsters that are encouraged to help each other out with tips and predictions. Each tipster’s reliability is transparently showcased on their profile, and the best ones will be rewarded with cash and prizes regularly!
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