Evil Geniuses became the first American team (third western team) to be adjudged the winners at DOTA 2’s annual flagship event, ‘THE INTERNATIONAL 2015’, after defeating the Chinese team CDEC Gaming in a jittery Grand Finale with a score of 3-1 in a best of five series. Hosted by Valve Corporation, the event took place in KeyArena center in Seattle, Washington. The tournament began on 16 May 2015 followed by some engrossing weeks of regional qualifiers, wild card entry matches and a 6 day main event play from 3rd to 8th August 2015. TI5 became the first ever tournament to take place in eSports offering a hefty prize money of US $18 million, breaking the records of its previous iteration ‘The International 2014’ which had a prize money of US $10.93 million.
On day four of the TI5 event, Evil geniuses were beaten by CDEC Gaming in the upper bracket final which pushed the North American team to face off a stiffer competition against the Chinese team LGD Gaming in the lower bracket, a match where Valve’s TI5 analyst did not favor them to win, but an unexpected performance by EG made them to win the match 2-0 which led the path for their first ever appearance in an International final.
On the other hand, CDEC Gaming being ignored over the unofficial season 2015 that kicked off around the Dota 2 Asia Champioships earlier this year and also losing the Chinese qualifiers 3-1 to EHOME, failed to reserve their TI5 berth but they sneaked their way back as a wild card entry and since then, they became the dark horse, beating every other team and securing the top place of the upper bracket throughout the tournament.
TI5 also became the first edition to introduce the Open Qualifiers, where both amateurs and professional teams were allowed to participate. Invictus Gaming and Newbee, winners of 2012 and 2014 championships respectively, were called to participate directly whereas the 2011 champions Natus Vincere earned their spot through European qualifiers.
Evil Geniuses, led by their team captain Peter “PPD” Dager took home a massive grand prize of more than US $6.6 million whereas CDEC finishing as the runners took away more than US $2.8 million out of the total prize pool of US $18 million. Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) video game which is gaining a worldwide attention because of its flagship tournament ‘The International’ and the jaw dropping prize money that it offers. The tournament is now set to be featured in many sports network including the popular ESPN who has already called the game as “Super Bowl of competitive gaming” due to its flabbergasting prize money and has also announced on its twitter page that this coming fall it will feature the team Evil Geniuses on its exclusive channel ‘E:60’.
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