THE ONLY GUIDE YOU NEED FOR DOTA 2 THE INTERNATIONAL

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DOTA 2 INTERNATIONAL - ONE OF THE LARGEST ESPORTS TOURNAMENTS

The International is one of several premier tournaments that pepper the esports calendar, and is one of the most popular Dota 2 tournaments in the world. The brainchild of the Valve Corporation, it was the first tournament of its kind – held in August 2011 in Cologne, Germany. The flagship event took place during Gamescom in Cologne, Germany – and 16 professional Dota 2 teams were invited to take part. The prize pool for the first Dota 2 the International in Cologne, Germany was the largest that the esports industry had ever seen – reaching a whopping $1.6 million. The prize pool that was on offer was a reflection of the large amounts of cash being picked up by savvy bettors – and this is something you could be able to do during the International 2018.

MOVING FORWARD FROM COLOGNE, GERMANY, TO THE NEXT EXCITING STAGE

The first Dota 2 the International was so successful at the Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany, that the following year, Valve decided to move things up to the next level. Rather than associating the tournament with an already existing event, they introduced it as a stand-alone event in itself in 2012 – with the action taking place in Benaroya Hall in Seattle, USA. On this occasion, there were 14 professional Dota 2 teams involved, all of which were chosen because they are at the very top of the industry. In 2013, the tournament was held in the same location, this time with a total of 13 teams. Betting on this event became increasingly popular, not least because every game is so hard fought and often unpredictable. You can grab a piece of this action during the International 2018 if you take advantage of the great odds and variety of betting options here at esportsbetting.com. 

ALL THE ACTION AT KEYARENA

The premier tournament moved to KeyArena, also in Seattle, in summer 2014. A total of 11 teams were issued official invitations to compete in the event for the huge prize pool. As well as these invited teams, Valve also gave other Dota 2 groups the opportunity to win a place in the competition by setting up a total of 4 regional qualifiers between the 12th and 25th of May. The team that won each qualifier was given a place at the premier tournament, and the next four in line were then able to compete for a place at the KeyArena in Seattle itself. Because there was so much action taking place, there were now even more opportunities to bet on Dota 2 for esports fans. Wagering on the qualifiers, the group stages and the final became increasingly popular – and is now considered one of the most exciting and thrilling ways to bet on esports.

2015 AND BEYOND: THE BIGGEST AND BEST DOTA 2 BETTING OPPORTUNITY

In 2015 and 2016, the International was again held at the now famous KeyArena, and the event had come a long way from its beginnings in Cologne, Germany. The 2015 prize pool reached well over $18 million, and in 2016 – the prize pool had escalated to almost $21 million. There is more money to be won in this event out of all the Dota 2 esports tournaments – and from this, the opportunities for betting on the International are now bigger and better than ever. Will you pick up a series of impressive payouts during the International 2018? There’s only one way to find out – by betting here at esportsbetting.com.

WHY THE INTERNATIONAL IS THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT IN THE DOTA 2 INDUSTRY

This tournament is widely considered to be the pinnacle of professional Dota 2 gaming, with an invitation to compete being considered a huge accolade for both players and their teams. There is a wealth of fast-paced action, and many millions of dollars involved in this event, which is respected and revered by players, teams, esports fans and industry insiders alike.

WHY THE GROUP STAGES COULD BE YOUR TICKET TO A WINNING BET

If you’re placing your first bet on Dota 2 The International, the group stages are a great place to start. With established teams pitted up against relative newcomers, there’s an abundance of dead-certs at this stage. The way it works is that 16 teams are condensed into 2 parts of 8 teams each, and matches are battled out in a best of two format. A win generates 2 points; a draw gives a team 1 point; and losing a game results in no points. The four teams that achieve the most in terms of points progress to the upper bracket of the main event, and the four teams that follow move into the lower bracket.

HOW TO USE THE GROUP STAGES TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

If you’re planning to bet on the main event, or in the finals of Dota 2 the International, having a good understanding of the action during the group stages will put you at a great advantage. Watch the games via live streaming at esportsbetting.com to find out which teams are storming ahead, and which ones are faltering from the start. Watching these games means that you can get a really good idea of how the main event and final will turn out – and you could even make predictions on who will qualify, as well as the eventual winners of this premier tournament. 

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WHY YOU SHOULD BET ON THE GROUP STAGES

If you’re new to esports betting, you may initially be a little unsure of which teams to put your money on. The group stages are much less predictable than later events within this tournament, which means that newbies and experienced veterans alike have an equal chance of placing a winning bet. During this stage of the International, the teams are all on an equal footing, and even the favourites can falter during the initial matches. Outsiders have been known to soar during these games, which is great news if you’ve bet on a team that is considered less likely to win – you could end up with a very impressive payout.

THE BEST ODDS RIGHT FROM THE START AT ESPORTSBETTING.COM

Betting on the group stages is an easy and straightforward process at esportsbetting.com. You can find a wide range of highly competitive odds that you just can’t get anywhere else, and a choice of ways to bet.

PLACE YOUR BET ON THE MAIN EVENT

This part of the competition always promises to be a series of games during which it’s all to play for, and there are thousands of punters placing bets on these matches – using their understanding of previous events to estimate the upcoming results. You can do this too, by using your experience of watching and betting on the group stages to predict which teams are set to rise to the top of this tournament.

EXPERIENCE THE EXCITEMENT OF THE MAIN EVENT

The four teams that have performed best in the group stages begin the main event within the upper bracket. The team which has gained the coveted first place then makes a choice of who they want to play against from the teams that have come third or fourth in the group stages. The group that has achieved second place goes up against the remaining team that has not already been selected. Each of the games is played in a best of three format, which means that you have lots of choice when it comes to placing a bet – and lots of opportunities to potentially cash in!

The lower bracket from the group stages is composed of the four teams that have beaten the rest, but have not achieved the same status as the top four. The fifth placed team selects their opposing team from either the group who came seventh, or the group who came eighth. The sixth placed team then plays the group that hasn’t been chosen. The first round played by the lower bracket is a best of one format, and the teams then play best of three following that.

HOW TO CHOOSE WHO TO BET ON IN THE MAIN EVENT

The top bracket of teams in the main event of Dota 2 the International is composed of the strongest and often the most skilled Dota 2 professional teams – and usually features several favourites. In terms of betting on this bracket, it’s usually much easier to make accurate predictions of who will win the games – so is a safer option if you’re a little unsure or if you want to be more likely to win your bet. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that the odds will reflect this, so depending on your stake, it may be harder to generate a large payout.

The lower bracket in the main event is composed of Dota 2 teams that can have huge variance in terms of skill and expertise – which means that it can be much harder to predict the outcomes of the games played. Check out the group stages again, and choose the teams you want to bet on with care. The ideal betting strategy will combine both the stronger teams in the top bracket and the less predictable groups from the bottom bracket. You’ll be able to employ your strategy and by betting with us at esportsbetting.com.

THE NAIL-BITING ACTION OF THE GRAND FINAL

The grand final of the Dota 2 International is the most hotly contested esports event in the world. It is watched by millions all over the world, with many choosing to grab a piece of the action by betting on their favourite teams. In 2015, team Evil Geniuses were the outright winners, collecting a prize of $6,616,014. Second place was won by CDEC Gaming, who amassed a total of $2,848,562. Evil Geniuses continue to be a top favourite, and well worth betting on for this year’s event.

In 2016, Evil Geniuses dropped a few places to third, but for clever bettors – this still resulted in a win. The grand final was won by Wings Gaming, who picked up a whopping $9.139.002, with Digital Chaos coming in second. 2017, saw Team Liquid and Newbee battle for the grand title; with Liquid sweeping Newbee 3-0, taking home $11 million. There’s a wide range of choice for betting on the International 2018 at esportsbetting.com – so we are the only place you need to go to immerse yourself in this thrilling esports action.

ENHANCE YOUR DOTA 2 BETTING EXPERIENCE WITH US

Whether you’re new to betting on esports, or Dota 2 specifically – or you’re an experienced veteran who knows about the finer details like immortal treasure and the like – you’ll find everything you need for placing a wager on the International 2018 right here. You’ll get access to a choice of the best odds in the business from industry experts who understand that you want the best possible betting experience. In addition, you can catch all the matches as they happen (no understanding of immortal treasure needed!) via our exclusive live streaming options. Bet on the International 2018 with esportsbetting.com – you could be a winner!