Swedish team Alliance take home $1.4 million in Dota 2 International finals

Alliance team wins Dota 2 International 3

By on August 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm

There’s still a few people who seem to think eSports isn’t really “a thing”, but here’s a thing for you: this team of Swedish pro-players just won themselves a cool $1.4 million.

The team, Alliance, defeated rivals Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) in a best-of-five match that went right down to the wire, with the fifth deciding match watched by close to 440,000 people live on the Twitch stream and even more in-game.

Na’Vi don’t go home empty-handed, walking away with still $600,000 for themselves. The total prize pool this year was a record $2.8 million, partly funded by Dota 2 player contributions.

You can see some amazing photos of the event at the official Flickr stream.

16 comments (Leave your own)

The single greatest set of dota matches I’ve ever seen.


Match 5 was bloody amazing.


Match 5 was insane.

I love in the chat on dota2 people were calling cheese for going after their ancient…

People it’s called DEFENSE of the ANCIENTS, you know, the main friggen objective of the game. It’s like people calling cheese in CS for planting the bomb.



Yeah that’s funny isn’t it. LGD almost base raced Alliance in the upper bracket QF’s and were 3 seconds away from a win.

Plus Na’Vi’s fountain hooks were way more controversial than split pushing. It was S4′s million dollar coil that stopped their TP’s back anyway.

Anything that is in the game is fair game, it’s not as if they backdoored the towers (they pushed the lanes all the way out).


just a quick question
do the players themselves get a split of the whole prize money or do they have to pay their sponsors etc


No idea, but that win wont hurt their further sponsorship…


Not sure why one would have to pay sponsors…. isn’t that the point of having sponsors?


Went into the International wanting Alliance to win, left disappointed that Na’Vi didn’t.

Alliance definitely deserved to win, but I feel like Na’Vi made all their games super entertaining to watch.

Anyway, i think dota wins . .


I told the people I work with about these guys and the amount they won. They just looked at me shocked and each and everyone of the them said “What, from playing a computer game?”

I laughed at the poor fools.



Are you sure they weren’t calling for that guy to use cheese? Someone on Alliance had cheese in their inventory from the last Roshan fight and they did use it in the Na`Vi base…


Orange really impressed me this time, Mushi is just such a skilled carry, he played 19 different heroes in the tournament, and he did really well in the 1v1 series too, beating Dendi and a whole bunch of other “famous” players. So much respect to Orange using Slardar, Sven and Ursa.


I don’t remember the name of the guy in the cap, but apparently he’s a real obnoxious jerk. Seemed like one when he won too…

But apparently he bought everything in the ‘secret store’ and gave it all away to fans. Whatever the secret store is.


I don’t remember the name of the guy in the cap, but apparently he’s a real obnoxious jerk. Seemed like one when he won too…

But apparently he bought everything in the ‘secret store’ and gave it all away to fans. Whatever the secret store is.

That’s Loda. He’s got a bit of a reputation as being obnoxious… but realistically he’s just quite laid back. Alliance went through next to no issues in the group stages, really felt like their only time for fighting was in the grand final. It’s hard not to be a *little* bit egotistical when you really are the best team in the world (also the first non-asian team to come 1st in the G1 league, this was a biggie).

The secret shop was the merchandise store set up at The International, so basically he bought everything in it and got the staff to just throw it to the people. Given he just won $280k I think he could afford it, was just a random act of kindness.

I was a little disappointed not to see GabeN at the finals (he opened TI3 but that was the last time you saw him).


the 5th game was watched by between 250,000 to 280,000 within the game client. It was a great tournament and the twitch commentary between matches was excellent. This is a great game.


This is a classic, had me in tears of laughter..

Dota2 – TI3 Grand finals : Finest moments from the Korean casters


Awesome game five.
I particularly liked puck kill steal of roshan & TA. I think that saved them the game

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