Updated on December 5, 2022

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The International is Dota 2’s holy grail. The International is the most prestigious Dota 2 competition, and the champions are celebrated as esports legends who have reached the pinnacle of their professions.

All teams and players have the same objective to win TI at the beginning of each DPC season.

The team that wins TI will also have their names and handles engraved on the Aegis of Champions in addition to winning the majority of the enormous tournament prize pool.

This list also demonstrates the tournament’s significant increase in prize money over the years, as Valve and the community have consistently pushed for tournament prize purse increases.

What is Dota 2: The International?

The International, hosted by Valve every year, features the top Dota 2 teams competing for the title and one of the largest prize pools in all of esports.

With a US$40,018,195 prize pool, TI10 currently holds the record for the largest TI prize pool. The prize money for winning TI10 was US$18,208,300 for Team Spirit.

This is among the key explanations for why TI is the competition that every professional Dota 2 player aspires to win at some point in their career.

Every winning team from Dota 2: The International

✅ TI 1Natus VincereUS$1 million
✅ TI 2Invictus GamingUS$1 million
✅ TI 3AllianceUS$1,437,190
✅ TI 4NewbeeUS$5,025,029
✅ TI 5Evil GeniusesUS$6,634,661
✅ TI 6Wings GamingUS$9,139,002
✅ TI 7Team LiquidUS$10,862,683
✅ TI 8OGUS$11,234,158
✅ TI 9OGUS$15,620,181
✅ TI 10Team SpiritUS$18,208,300
✅ TI 11Tundra EsportsUS$8,489,501

The International 1

Winner: Natus Vincere

The International 1 (TI1) was held at GamesCom in Cologne, Germany, where CIS team Natus Vincere won the inaugural event by defeating EHOME 3-1 in 2011.

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Legendary Dota 2 player Clement “Puppey” Ivanov, the only player in history to compete in every TI, was a member of the team.

From the US$1.6 million prize pool for TI1, Na’Vi won the $1 million grand prize.

The International 2

Winner: Invictus Gaming

The International 2012 was held at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington, and was won by China’s Invictus Gaming by defeating Natus Vincere, the winner of TI1 by a score of 3-1.

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From the US$1.6 million prize pool for TI2, Invictus Gaming won the $1 million grand prize.

The International 3

Winner: Alliance

Dota 2’s Compendium, which increased the base prize pool by US$2.50 each time it was purchased, was first made available at TI3 by the tournament’s organizers.

The grand final between the TI1 championship team Natus Vincere and the European team Alliance was one of the most exciting of the subsequent tournament.

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Alliance eventually defeated Natus Vincere 3-2 in one of the most exciting games in TI history, and their victory single-handedly propelled Dota 2 into the global spotlight.

Out of a total prize pool of US$2,874,380, Alliance received the US$1,437,190 top prize.

The International 4

Winner: Newbee

The company relocated the competition to KeyArena in Seattle, Washington, as Dota 2 and The International gained popularity.

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After Newbee defeated Vici Gaming in the championship match by a score of 3-1, China once again asserted its dominance in this arena.

From the US$10,923,977 total prize money for TI4, Newbee took home US$5,025,029 in cash.

The International 5

Winner: Evil Geniuses

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North America won for the first time in The International’s fifth year when Evil Geniuses defeated CDEC Gaming of China 3-1.

Valve also changed the prize distribution for the competition in TI5 by dispersing it so that each participating team received a sizeable sum of money.

Evil Geniuses took home the lion’s share of the $18,429,613 prize pool, or US$6,634,661.

Read more:
Dota 2 Ranking System, MMR, and Ranks explained

The International 6

Winner: Wings Gaming

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The International 2016 was held at KeyArena for the third time in a row thanks to Valve. The Battle Pass, which gave 25% of its total sales to the competition’s prize pool, replaced the Compendium as the Dota 2 game’s developers decided to do so this year.

Wings Gaming, the third Chinese team to win the TI6 tournament, defeated Digital Chaos 3-1 in the championship match.

The $20,770,460 total prize fund for TI6 went to Wings Gaming, who took home the grand prize of $9,139,002.

The International 7

Winner: Team Liquid

The business chose to increase the total number of teams from 16 to 18 in 2017. The European team Team Liquid defeated the Chinese team Newbee in the TI7 championship match, winning 3-0.

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The total prize money for TI7 was US$24,787,916. Team Liquid won the US$10,862,683 top prize.

The International 8

Winner: OG

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The 2018 International traveled to Vancouver, Canada, and put Valve’s new point-based system on display for the DPC Major and Minor competitions. Which teams qualified for TI8 was determined by these points.

When OG defeated the Chinese team PSG.LGD in the championship game, their legendary Cinderella journey was complete. From the US$25,532,177 total prize money for TI8, OG took home the US$11,234,158 top prize.

The International 9

Winner: OG

A milestone was reached at The International 2019 when Valve named OG as its first-ever two-time back-to-back champion.

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In the championship match, Team Liquid was defeated by Johan “N0tail” Sundstein and the rest of OG 3-1.

From the enormous $34,330,068 total prize money for TI9, OG received the $16,620,181 top prize.

The International 10

Winner: Team Spirit

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, The International was postponed in 2020. The following year, Valve hosted the competition and named Team Spirit its TI10 champion.

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After defeating Chinese powerhouse team PSG, LGD 3-2 in the championship game, Team Spirit became the first Russian team to win the Aegis of the Immortal.

The CIS team took home the US$18,208,300 grand prize, which was the largest prize pool in esports history at US$40 million.

The International 11

Winner: Tundra Esports

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At TI11, Tundra Esports put on a nearly flawless performance, taking first place in their group and going 9-1 in the playoffs.

In the Aegis of Champions grand final, held in Singapore, Tundra defeated Team Secret 3-0 to win handily.

The Western European team won most of the US$18,865,615 prize money, or at least $8,489,501.


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