The biggest Dota 2 championship of the year and largest esports event to date, The International 5, will take place August 3rd through 8th, at the KeyArena, in Seattle. Sixteen of the best Dota 2 teams in the world will square off over the course of six days, for a chance to win the coveted Aegis of the Champions Trophy. The TI5 schedule for the main event has now been set, and the first four teams will leave the competition on the very first day.
UPDATE (August 13th):
TI6 final standings, updates and highlights – HERE
The subject of much consternation this past season, defending champions Newbee are already facing elimination.
Former champions Natus Vincere are in the same situation. Coming off a season in which roster changes robbed them of any true breakouts, Na’Vi will have to overcome China’s Vici Gaming in a best-of-one face-off, in order to stay in the competition.
VG came into the tournament with plenty of grand ambitions, but they haven’t truly looked like world-beaters yet.
Former TI champions Invictus Gaming had a roller coaster of a group stage and failed to advance into the Upper Brackets.
Fnatic, Virtus.Pro, MVP.Phoenix and MVP.Hot6 will also start their main event run in the knockout-stage.
Whether you are heading for the KeyArena in Seattle or plan to lay back and enjoy all the action online, here is a list of everything you need to know about The International 5 main event: TI5 schedule, coverage and broadcast, format, brackets, prize pool breakdown and teams.
TI5 schedule, day 1, August 3
The first day of The International 5 main event is packed with action. According to the TI5 schedule, the day will kick off at 19:00 CEST, with the first Upper Bracket confrontation between LGD and Team Empire. At 22:00 CEST, Wild Card winners CDEC will go up against Cloud 9.
The two best-of-three Upper Bracket series will be followed by the first TI5 eliminations: four teams will be knocked out of the competition, after four brutal best-of-one series. MVP.Phoenix will face defending champions Newbee, Natus Vincere will fight Vici Gaming to stay in the competition, Virtus.Pro will go up against Fnatic, while MVP.Hot6 will try out their luck against Invictus Gaming.
TI5 schedule, day 2, August 4
The second day of the TI5 main event will leave us with 12 contenders. According to the TI5 schedule, the day will start off with the two remaining best-of-three series from the first round of the Upper Brackets: Evil Geniuses versus compLexity Gaming and Team Secret versus EHOME. The spotlight will then move onto the Lower Brackets, where another two teams will leave the competition.
TI5 schedule, day 3, August 5
According to the TI5 schedule, the third day will kick off with the two remaining Lower Brackets Round 2 series, followed by two Upper Bracket series.
TI5 schedule, day 4, August 6
Eight teams will be left in the competition by the beginning of the fourth day of the TI5 main event. In conformity with TI5 schedule, three more will be knocked out on August 6th. The TI5 All Star Match is also scheduled to take place on August 6th.
TI5 schedule, day 5, August 7
The five remaining teams will fight to stay alive until the last day of the main event. According to the TI5 schedule, the fifth day will kick off with the second Lower Bracket Round 4 series, followed by the Upper Bracket Finals and the fifth round of the Lower Brackets
TI5 schedule, final day, August 8
The International 5 will come to an end on Saturday, August 8th. The Lower Bracket Finals scheduled to start at 19:00 CEST will be followed by the best-of-five Grand Finals (TI5 schedule pictured below) and the closing ceremony.
TI5 main event streams*
Dota 2 fans can also catch all the games broadcasted live in 1080p, at 60 frames per second, on the DotaTV streaming platform. The platform features real-time stats, graphs, match data and more intuitive analytics.
The Newcomer Show – a once-a-day show that is tailor-made for people who are new to Dota 2, with live commentary designed for those who want to learn the basics of the game.
*According to the TI5 schedule, the Main Event broadcasts start every day, August 3rd through 8th, at 19:00 CEST
TI5 main event format
The 16 teams will compete in a best-of-three double-elimination bracket, with a best-of-five grand final. Bracket placements were decided through group stage results. The first four Lower Bracket confrontations will best-of-one elimination series.
TI5 prize pool breakdown
The TI5 prize pool has reached a total of $17,996,346.
LGD Gaming (17 points in the group stage)
A permanent fixture at The International and an iconic part of Chinese Dota through the years, LGD has maintained a remarkable presence in the regional and international Dota 2 scene. Regardless of roster changes or any extenuating circumstances, the team has always risen up to the occasion and are expected to keep up with tradition during the TI5 main event.
LGD’s TI5 direct invite was debatable for many, due to their lack of achievements leading up to the invite period and roster instability weighing against their individual skill and history.
LGD’s detailed history: LGD, expected to rise up to the occasion at TI5
However, a star-studded team, with deep rooted experience, LGD is bursting with talent, skill and previous International fame. The current captain is former Newbee captain Zhang Ning “xiao8”, who lead his team towards a championship title last year, at TI4. No strangers to top three placements at The International, Liu “Sylar” Jiajun and Yao “Yao” Zhengzheng participated in TI2, TI3 and TI4, while “MMY!” Zengrong has enjoyed a second place finish in TI1, with E-Home, and has participated now in all four previous International tournaments.
Without any shadow of a doubt, LGD’s lineup is a serious TI5 contender. They have proven it during the group stage, managing to snatch 17 points and take the lead in Group A. According to the TI5 schedule, LGD will go up against Team Empire in the Upper Brackets, on August 3rd.
Liu “Sylar” Jiajun, Lu “Maybe” Yao, Yao “Yao” Zhengzheng, Zhang “xiao8” Ning, Lei “MMY!” Zengrong
Team Secret (15 points in the group stage)
Most of the people who love Dota have had, over the past few months, what could be called “Team Secret moments”. You don’t have to be a Team Secret fan to appreciate their greatness. Team Secret brings together five spectacular players, the aristocracy of Dota 2. In point of fact, not many teams have as much individual star potential as Team Secret.
Read our in-depth profile – Team Secret: Short history of TI5 utter favorites
Starting out during the summer months of August 2014 as an intriguing presence on the horizon, it gathered force as it progressed through the year, gaining incredible momentum and shattering everything in its path. The odds on betting sites across the web favor Team Secret to win TI5 by a large margin.
As odds favorites, fan favorites, and every analyst’s sweetheart, Team Secret is mandated to deliver and take home the Aegis this year. Nothing short of the championship would be a good result for them. According to the TI5 schedule, Team Secret will face EHOME in the Upper Brackets, on August 4th.
Team Secret roster:
Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, Gustav “s4” Magnusson, Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg, Clement “Puppey” Ivanov, Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi
Evil Geniuses (13 points in the group stage)
Evil Geniuses are in a league of their own in the Americas region. Their individual talent stands out and their unparalleled results are setting them apart from their peers in the region. Moving into TI5, Evil Geniuses are one of the favorites to lift this year’s coveted Aegis trophy.
Check out the team’s full history: Evil Geniuses, America’s beacon of light at TI5
Comprised of five individually talented stars including one “prodigy” and two of the game’s most seasoned veterans, the team is a beacon of light for the North American region. With such an outstanding presence and great tenacity as they overcome various hurdles, their TI5 direct invite was never uncertain.
According to the TI5 schedule, Evil Geniuses will play their first main event series on August 4th, against their North American fellow team, compLexity Gaming.
Evil Geniuses roster:
Clinton “Fear” Loomis, Syed Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan, Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora, Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling, Peter “ppd” Dager
compLexity Gaming (13 points in the group stage)
Perhaps the most shocking development from the TI5 qualifiers across all of the regions, compLexity Gaming secured their position to attend The International 5 and represent the Americas region alongside Evil Geniuses, after sweeping through Team Archon (then known as North American Rejects), 3:0, in the grand finals.
Read a detailed history of the team: With an unproven track record, compLexity hopes to catch teams off-guard at TI5
compLexity’s participation in the TI5 American qualifiers almost seemed as an afterthought to many, with the team adding the last three remaining members for their official roster in May. With no experience together as a team, the North American wonders sent a jolt through the scene, leaving everyone in awe when the qualifiers were over.
Comprised of one veteran professional Dota 2 player and several well decorated ex-professional Heroes of Newerth players, compLexity has shown potential that can not be ignored and gives hope to reviving the North American Dota 2 scene. They turned into the group stage revelation, after they managed to come in third in their group, with 13 points. According to the TI5 schedule, compLexity Gaming will start their run in the main event’s Upper Brackets on August 4th, when they will fight against their American counterparts, Evil Geniuses.
Complexity Gaming roster:
Luis “Zyzzy” Perez, Kyle “swindlemelonzz” Freedman, David “MoonMeander” Tan, Tal “Simbaaa” Aizik, Zakari “freek” Freedman
CDEC Gaming (13 points in the group stage)
The CDEC Dota 2 squad may be young, but they have served their apprenticeship under LGD Gaming’s tutelage. That alone makes them a force to be reckoned with. Leading up to TI5, CDEC have faced off against all the top tier Chinese and even managed to pose a threat every now and then. They earned their TI5 spot through the Wild Card series and this will be their first International.
CDEC in-depth profile – CDEC: Out of LGD’s tutelage, in the cards for TI5 spot
Starting as a youth squad under the iconic Chinese team LGD, CDEC enjoyed a helping hand to acclimate into the professional Dota 2 scene. When they left LGD to create their own club, they acquired the assistance of retired veteran Tong “Mikasa” Junjie (former Tyloo and ViCi Gaming player), as a temporary stand-in and coach. Mikasa went back to LGD Gaming in March 2015 and rejoined the staff as a coach, while CDEC moved forward and managed to have a steady run leading up to TI5.
CDEC shared Group B’s lead with Evil Geniuses and have advanced into the Upper Brackets, where – according to the TI5 schedule, they will face Cloud 9, on August 3rd, at 22:00 CEST.
Sun “Agressif” Zheng, Huang “Shiki” Jiwei, Chen “Xz” Zezhi, Liu “Garder” Xinzhou, Fu “Q” Bin
EHOME (11 points in the group stage)
Possibly the most well-known team in the TI5 Chinese qualifiers, EHOME is one of the oldest Dota 2 organizations in China. With their inconsistent formation and rosters, the team had to battle their way through the qualifiers in order to obtain their place at TI5. EHOME defeated CDEC, 3:1, and become the first team to qualify for The International 5 in Seattle.
Comprised of some top notch stars, veterans with extensive experience, EHOME is aiming to resurface as one of the greatest Chinese teams in the world and recreate their stunning performance at The International 1, where they rose up to glory in the grand finals. Not to be kept down for long, EHOME’s potential is one to be taken seriously.
EHOME finished the group stage second in their group and have advanced into the main event’s Upper Brackets, where – according to the TI5 schedule, they will first meet TI5 odds-on favorites, Team Secret, on August 4th, starting with 22:00 CEST.
Yang “Yang” Pu, Chen “Cty” Tianyu, Bai “rOtK” Fan, Zhang “LaNm” Zhicheng, Liang “DDC” Faming
Cloud 9 (10 points in the group stage)
Cloud 9 is one of the most inspiring examples of hard work, determination, courage, and the sheer will to succeed. Often the subject of controversial headlines, with a reputation for “always placing second”, Cloud 9’s journey to the top has been brimming with both struggles and rewards. They are widely regarded as top-five contenders at TI5, but might just have what it takes to make their long-percolating dream of finally lifting the Aegis trophy a brick-and-mortar reality.
Read Cloud 9’s in-depth profile – Cloud 9 go into TI5 with outside chance of winning title: “We are confident!”
The eclectic mix of player personalities could be the recipe for Cloud 9’s endurance and determination. Their direct invite to TI5 didn’t take anyone by surprise. After all, Cloud 9 have been on the radar for long enough and, although their consistence could still use some improvement, they have proven they can take over the Dota 2 scene, when they set their minds to it.
Cloud 9 have had a steady run during the TI5 group stage. They managed to place fourth in Group A, therefore they have advanced into the Upper Brackets. According to the TI5 schedule, they will go up against Wild Card winners CDEC on August 3rd, starting with 22:00 CEST.
Cloud 9 roster:
Jacky “Eternal Envy” Mao, Adrian “FATA-“ Trinks, Pittner “bOne7” Armand, Johan “BigDaddy” Sundstein, Rasmus “MiSeRy” Filipsen
Team Empire (9 points in the group stage)
The Russian organization has demonstrated time and again that they are a force to be reckoned with. Team Empire is considered the leading authority in Russia and the CIS. Building upon their roots of stability, aggression and imposing presence, the team has established a period of dominance leading up to TI5.
Armed with five superior individually skilled players, it’s often difficult for any opponents to pinpoint and exploit mistakes and openings. Empire’s direct invite to TI5 was inevitable.
Team Empire managed to secure their seeding in the main event’s Upper Bracket after defeating their CIS counterparts, Virtus.Pro, in a best-of-three tiebreaker. According to the TI5 schedule, Empire will start their main event run going up against LGD, on August 3rd, starting with 19:00 CEST.
Team Empire roster:
Airat “Silent” Gaziev, Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok, Maxim “yoky” Kim, Ilya “ALOHADANCE” Korobkin, Andrey “ALWAYSWANNAFLY” Bondarenko
Virtus.Pro (9 points in the group stage)
A team that has had struggles with consistent achievements due to frequent roster and structural changes, Virtus.Pro has broken free of the ill-fated pattern and has soared to great heights with their stable roster and tenacious connection. Virtus.Pro is quickly ascending to the top of a short list of TI5 fan favorites and threatening to rival even the best of contenders.
For the majority of the roster, TI5 will be their debut in the most esteemed tournament of the year. However, Virtus.Pro has Artem “fng” Barshak, one of the best drafters, on the lineup, together with four other skilled players. Their direct invite to TI5 was of little surprise, considering their recent streak of success.
After losing their group stage tiebreaker against Team Empire, Virtus.Pro failed to advance to the Upper Brackets of the main event. According to the TI5 schedule, VP will face Fnatic in a best-of-one elimination series, on August 3rd.
Ilya “Illidan” Pivcaev, Sergey “God” Bragin, Alexander “DkPhobos” Kucheria, Artem “fng” Barshak, Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk
Vici Gaming (7 points in the group stage)
Vici Gaming appears to have taken on the role of the antagonist in this year’s story-line, seizing first and second placements in many of the major and premier events during the last six months. A Chinese organization with a touch of nontraditional flavor, the team has been rising to the top of the rankings, both locally and internationally, and has established itself as being a first-rate TI5 competitor.
With some of the most exceptionally talented players, Vici Gaming’s recipe for success has been set. After The International 4 second place achievement, and a steady run throughout the year, a TI5 direct invite was never in question for the team.
Vici Gaming have failed to advance to the Upper Brackets of the main event. According to the TI5 schedule, they will go up against former International champions, Natus Vincere, in a best-of-one elimination series, on August 3rd.
Vici Gaming roster:
Chen “Hao” Zhihao, Xie “Super” Junhao, Daryl “iceiceice” Koh, Lu “Fenrir” Chao, Xu “fy” Linsen
MVP.Phoenix (6 points in the group stage)
In the Southeast Asian region, which is typically given only one spot to represent a series of small countries, Korean team MVP.Phoenix has to compete heavily in order to keep themselves in the spotlight and gain international experience. During the past year, with the emergence of teams such as Rave and Fnatic (formerly known as Team Malaysia), as well as their sister-team MVP.Hot6ix, MVP.Phoenix has had limited exposure in major and premier international events.
Read a full history of the Korean team: MVP.Phoenix, one of the two aces up Korea’s sleeve at TI5
With top placements in all local Korean tournaments, as well as in Southeast Asian regional tournaments, such as the IeSF Asian Championships and Nexon Sponsorship Leagues, MVP.Phoenix work hard and strive to take their success to a global level.
While both Kim “QO” Seon-yeob and Park “March” Tae-won had an opportunity to play in the Wild Card series at TI4, the other three members will be giving it their all for the first time.
MVP.Phoenix will start their run in the TI5 main event’s Lower Brackets. According to the TI5 schedule, they will battle defending champions Newbee in a best-of-one elimination series, on August 3rd.
Kim “Febby” Yong-min, Kim “QO” Seon-yeob, Damien “kphoenii” Chok, Park “March” Tae-won, Wong “NutZ” Jeng Yih
Invictus Gaming (6 points in the group stage)
Invictus Gaming is a Goliath on the landscape of Chinese Dota 2 teams. Towering above their counterparts with an indisputable presence, Invictus Gaming has been a part of virtually every premier and major tournament in the past year. TI5 will be their fifth International attendance.
Five highly respected players have joined together in the latest incarnation of Invictus Gaming. A direct invite to TI5 was certain for the organization which has competed in every International event since its inception and even took a championship title at The International 2.
Read a detailed profile of IG: Invictus Gaming tackle their fifth International
Equally impressive is that all of Invictus Gaming’s players have their own record of multiple appearances at the most esteemed Dota 2 tournament in the world. Luo “Ferrari_430″ Feichi has participated in all four previous International events with IG exclusively.
Invictus Gaming have had a disappointing run in the group stage and failed to advance to the Upper Brackets. According to the TI5 schedule, IG will face Korean team MVP.Hot6 in a best-of-one elimination series, on August 3rd.
Invictus Gaming roster:
Luo “Ferrari_430” Feichi, Wong “Chuan” Hock Chuan, Yinqi “Xi” Luo, Zeng “Faith” Hongda, Zhilei “burning” Xu
Newbee (6 points in the group stage)
Team Newbee erupted onto the Dota 2 scene in 2014, having emerged from nowhere to claim the most sought after glory of being crowned the Champions of The International. The Chinese “Dream Team 2″ shocked the world with their victory and then disappeared from the scene.
In the past, Valve has been perfectly clear about inviting the previous year’s winners, as Defending Champions. Three of Newbee’s TI4 members are still on the team: Mu Zhang Pan, Banana Wang Jiao and SanSheng Wang Zhaohui. They were joined by Rabbit Wang Zhang, who placed fifth at TI4 with LGD, and rising talent June Lin Shiyang. There is little doubt that the squad will fight valiantly to defend their title.
Defending champions Newbee were seeded into the main event’s Lower Brackets after the group stage. According to the TI5 schedule, Newbee will face MVP.Phoenix in a best-of-one elimination series, on August 3rd.
Wang Rabbit Zhang, Zhang Mu Pan, Lin June Shiyang, Wang Banana Jiao, Wang SanSheng Zhaohui
Fnatic (4 points in the group stage)
Fnatic’s new roster sprung into life at the first signs of early spring. Since then, the Mushi-fronted Malaysian squad has participated in some of the biggest tournaments in the world. Reminiscent of the legendary TI3 Orange Esports, Fnatic’s lineup may have had a bit of a Cinderella run leading up to TI5, but they definitely have what it takes to surprise a lot of teams and delight the Dota 2 audience.
The Malaysian squad’s full history: Fnatic brings back a taste of Orange Esports at TI5
Star-studded with previous TI attendees, the new Fnatic roster has a certain sense of “pedigree” to it. Lee “kYxY” Kang Yang, Chong “Ohaiyo” Xin Khoo and Chai “Mushi” Yee Fun were a part of legendary Team Orange, which fought to a commendable third place at The International 3. Ohaiyo and kYxY also competed in TI4, where they finished 9th-10th with Team Titan, while Mushi attended last year’s event, with Team DK, securing 4th place.
The Malaysian squad have failed to advance into the Upper Brackets of the main event. According to the TI5 schedule, Fnatic will go up against Virtus.Pro in a best-of-one elimination series, on August 3rd.
Lee “kYxY” Kang Yang, Fadil “Kecik Imba” bin Mohd Raziff, Chong “Ohaiyo” Xin Khoo, Siong “JoHnNy” Tait, Chai “Mushi” Yee Fung
Natus Vincere (3 points in the group stage)
Natus Vincere did not receive a TI5 direct invite this year, due to their numerous recent roster changes and inconsistent performances. The Ukrainian team had always been an ever present fixture at the event, seizing first place at The International 1, second place at TI2 and TI3 and eighth place at TI4. Determined to not miss a year and break tradition, Na’Vi gave it their all to gain access for the fifth time. Recent TI5 European Qualifier winners, El Clásico legends Natus Vincere bested Vega Squadron, 3:1, in the grand finals, and earned their TI5 spot.
Read our in-depth profile: Natus Vincere in better shape, look to make comeback at TI5
Na’Vi’s recent disappointing performances could easily be washed away by their performance in the upcoming TI5 Main Event. After all, nothing is impossible: Natus Vincere have staged exceptional comebacks during the qualifier games and have been in a good shape ever since.
Former International champions Natus Vincere have finished the group stage at the bottom of their group and are now facing elimination. According to the TI5 schedule, Natus Vincere will face Vici Gaming in a best-of-one elimination series, on August 3rd.
Natus Vincere roster:
Ivan “ArtStyle” Antonov, Gleb “Funn1k” Lipatnikov, Daniil “Dendi” Ishutin, Alexander “XBOCT” Dashkevich, Akbar “SoNNeikO” Butaev
MVP.Hot6 (2 points in the group stage)
MVP.Hot6 surprised everyone when they secured the first place win during the TI5 SEA Qualifiers, after besting MVP.Phoenix, 3:1, in the grand finals. They topped their group in the first phase, defeated MVP.Phoenix in the Upper Bracket finals, and advanced directly to the grand finals.
Read a detailed profile of MVP.Hot6: Korea’s wonder kids set course for TI5 main event
MVP.Hot6 is comprised of four newer Korean talents and one seasoned Finish player. The team has found success together, marking a powerful moment in national and individual history – a debut at The Internationals main event for both the Korea and the five players.
With some of the fewest games played as a team, only a handful of achievements, and the fewest years of experience combined, MVP.Hot6 looks like a Cinderella story in the making. Their limited amount of competitive play compared to other TI5 teams could make it difficult for them to anticipate moves and develop strategies.
The Korean team had a disastrous run in the TI5 group stage. They finished at the bottom of Group B, with only 2 points. According to the TI5 schedule, MVP.Hot6 will face Invictus Gaming in a best-of-one elimination series, on August 3rd.
Lee “Forev” Sang-don, Pyo “MP” No-a, Lee “SunBhie” Jeong-jae, Lee “Heen” Seung-gon, Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka