Dota 2’s Aegis Trophy returns to Eastern Europe for the first time since the inaugural tournament in 2011, as Team Spirit won the 2021 International and was crowned world champion. After taking a 2-0 lead at the start of the best of 5 finals, including a brutal loss in Game 4 that left the record at 2-2, Team Spirit helped the team win the championship in the Last match.
Based in Moscow, Team Spirit will now receive the biggest prize in esports history: $ 18,208,300. They are also the first Eastern European team to win since Ukrainian team Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) won the very first Dota 2 International in 2011.
WE ARE THE 10 INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS ð It was an incredible adventure. We thank all the fans for your support! We wouldn’t be here without you. See you next season! #SPIRITIX pic.twitter.com/JWB5buXfEWOctober 17, 2021
The last four years of Dota 2 competition have been defined by teams based in the European Union. Team Liquid won in 2017, then OG took back-to-back wins in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 tournament has been canceled and the prize pool transferred to this year.
Team Spirit was placed in the lower bracket of the tournament by Team Secret in their first game, but it was only from there. On the way to their victory, Team Spirit first eliminated reigning champions OG before defeating their Russian compatriots Virtus.pro. Perhaps most surprising was their victory over 2012 champions Invictus Gaming, who had been one of the strongest teams in the tournament after going 6-2-0 in the group stages. Only PSG.LGD did better, at 7-1-0. .
Nevertheless, despite an incredible final series, the Chinese team PSG.LGD could not achieve the victory. They will have to settle for the finalist prize of $ 5,202,400.
The Dota 2 Championships, The International, are esports’ most lucrative events. Each of the last six events has set a new world record for the tournament prize pool. This year’s event took place in Bucharest, Romania, after some upheaval regarding the location of the event. The event did not have a live audience, but there were some strange fake cheers.