When the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl a couple of months ago, each player on the side received prize money of around $110,000. The exact prize pool for The International 2018, the biggest event in the Dota 2 calendar, is not yet known, but it is expected to once again exceed the $24,787, 916 of last year’s event. Suffice to say, teams competing this year will earn a considerable amount of money in eSports’ richest tournament.
But who will walk away with the lion’s share of the cash? Below is a quick guide to the contenders for the International 2018 (20th-25th August, Vancouver). It should be noted however, that not all teams are guaranteed to make it to the finals in Vancouver as qualifying takes place up until June. If you want to get more on the series, and find some free bet offers, check out the eSports betting guide by Freebets.co.uk .
Team Liquid: 10/3 (Bet365)
Team Liquid defeated Newbee in the TI 2017 Grand Finals 3-0, making it the first team in history to win by a shutout. That win earned the team over $10,000,000. They are also hoping to make some history in 2018 by becoming the first team to defend the title. Liquid, featuring the likes of Amer al-Barkawi (Miracle-) and Lass Urpalainen (MATUMBAMAN), has a knack of turning every gaming situation to their advantage, a useful too in Dota 2.
Virtus.Pro’s Dota 2 line up is arguably the most improved team in eSports over the past six months. They came sixth in T1 2017, which still earned them over a million dollars, but followed it up with a win in ESL One Hamburg 2017. To make them even stronger candidates for T1 2018, they acquired the services of Vladimir Nikogosyan (RodgER), one of the top ten Dota 2 players on the planet.