OG wins TI9, becoming the first Dota 2 team to win The International twice

One year after winning TI 8, OG has managed to win The International 2019. Once again, they did it in spectacular fashion, as complete underdogs, at the end of a season in which they had accomplished almost nothing.

OG wins The International 2019

© Dota 2 The International

What OG’s victory means

OG’s win at TI9 is historic and significant in a number of ways. First of all, they’re the first team to win the competition twice. They’re also the first team to do this two times in a row.

In other esports, one team dominating the professional scene for more than one season is not unheard of. But in Dota 2, it’s the first time it’s happened in nine years. Although, to be fair, OG did not dominate the professional scene at all. They simply won the most important event of the year. Which is even more remarkable. How can an underdog beat the best teams in the world in two consecutive years, after being crushed by them all season? It’s a complete mystery. OG’s best result in 2018-2019 was a 5th – 6th place at one of the five Majors. Apart from that, everything was a disaster. And yet here they are, lifting the Aegis of Champions again.

OG’s victory is also significant because of the amount they received for it. The International 2019 had the biggest prize pool in the history of esports: $34,3 million. OG got $15,6 million for winning the tournament and that amount is likely to remain an absolute record for at least 3-5 years.

The International 2019 overall results

The International 2019 took place in two stages. These are the results for each of these stages.

Group Stage

Group A

  • 1st: PSG.LGD: 13 p: 5 W – 3 D – 0 L
  • 2nd: Team Secret: 11 p: 4 W – 3D – 1 L
  • 3rd: Newbee: 9 p: 2 W – 5 D – 1 L
  • 4th: TNC Predator: 9 p: 2 W – 5 D – 1 L
  • 5th: Alliance: 8 p: 1 W – 6 D – 1 L
  • 6th: Mineski: 8 p: 2 W – 4 D – 2 L
  • 7th: Team Liquid: 6 p: 2 W – 2 D – 4 L
  • 8th: Keen Gaming: 5 p: 2 W – 1 D – 5 L
  • 9th: Chaos Esports Club: 3 p: 0 W – 3 D – 5 L

Group B

  • 1st: OG: 14 p: 6 W – 2 D – 0 L
  • 2nd: Vici Gaming: 11 p: 4 W – 3D – 1 L
  • 3rd: Evil Geniuses: 9 p: 3 W – 3 D – 2 L
  • 4th: Virtus.pro: 8 p: 3 W – 2 D – 3 L
  • 5th: Infamous: 7 p: 1 W – 5 D – 2 L
  • 6th: Fnatic: 7 p: 3 W – 1 D – 4 L
  • 7th: Natus Vincere: 7 p: 2 W – 3 D – 3 L
  • 8th: Royal Never Give Up: 6 p: 2 W – 2 D – 4 L
  • 9th: Ninjas in Pyjamas: 3 p: 0 V – 3 D – 5 L

Main Event

  • 1st: OG: $15,6 mil.
  • 2nd: Team Liquid: $4,4 mil.
  • 3rd: PSG.LGD: $3 mil.
  • 4th: Team Secret: $2 mil.
  • 5th – 6th: Evil Geniuses, Vici Gaming: $1,2 mil.
  • 7th – 8th: RNG, Infamous: $857.000
  • 9th – 12th: Newbee, Mineski, Virtus.pro, TNC Predator: $686.000
  • 13th – 16th: Fnatic, Natus Vincere, Alliance, Keen Gaming: $514.000
  • 17th – 18th: Chaos Esports Club, Ninjas in Pyjamas: $85.000

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