The Dota 2 International 2012

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Blog | 6 comments

From August 31st until September 2nd I was at the 2012 Dota 2 International event in Seattle, Washington. 16 teams were set to compete for the grand prize of one million dollars, and I was there in person watching the action.

During the event I met a lot of new people. I was even fortunate to run in to the main man himself, Gabe Newell. I can now check that-off the bucket list.

Gabe Newell & Jimo.

Gabe Newell & Jimo.

Attendee badge.

Attendee badge.

The banner above the main entrance.

The banner above the main entrance.

Upon entering the grand hall you are greeted by banners of all sixteen teams competing, draped from the ceiling.

Upon entering the grand hall you are greeted by banners of all sixteen teams competing, draped from the ceiling.

To the left there is the secret shop which sells Dota related merchandise for the event, many of my dollars were spent there

To the left there is the secret shop which sells Dota related merchandise for the event, many of my dollars were spent there

The grand lobby from the balcony.

The grand lobby from the balcony.

The entrance sign for the Secret Shop.

The entrance sign for the Secret Shop.

WETA, the same people who made the <a title="TF2 Replica WETA" href="http://youtu.be/j1kccz1qziE" target="_blank">replica TF2 turret</a>, have been hard at work creating more replicas, this time for Dota 2. So far they have made the Vanguard, Demon Edge and the Butterfly. These were not for sale at the event, but I believe they will be one day.

WETA, the same people who made the replica TF2 turret, have been hard at work creating more replicas, this time for Dota 2. So far they have made the Vanguard, Demon Edge and the Butterfly. These were not for sale at the event, but I believe they will be one day.

The Demon Edge and the Butterfly replicas.

The Demon Edge and the Butterfly replicas.

This is the Aegis of the Immortal. This is the championship trophy for the International, and has already been engraved with the members of Na`Vi for winning the first tournament. I have a feeling WETA created this as well, but I'm not positive.

This is the Aegis of the Immortal. This is the championship trophy for the International, and has already been engraved with the members of Na`Vi for winning the first tournament. I have a feeling WETA created this as well, but I’m not positive.

The #dota2ti Twitter feed. I might or might not have posted something on this.

The #dota2ti Twitter feed. I might or might not have posted something on this.

This is the analysts desk from behind the camera.

This is the analysts desk from behind the camera.

Awaiting the opening ceremony.

Awaiting the opening ceremony.

This is the main stage in all of it's glory. Both of the booths on the stage are completely sound proof. The monitors to the left and right display footage of cameras inside the booths to show the players reactions, and the middle one shows the commentators view. The main screen switches to the analyst desk and interviews in-between games also.

This is the main stage in all of it’s glory. Both of the booths on the stage are completely sound proof. The monitors to the left and right display footage of cameras inside the booths to show the players reactions, and the middle one shows the commentators view. The main screen switches to the analyst desk and interviews in-between games also.

This is where the commentators do their thing. They must be using some pretty pricey headphones if they can still commentate through the noise of all of the crowd.

This is where the commentators do their thing. They must be using some pretty pricey headphones if they can still commentate through the noise of all of the crowd.

Team Banners inside the hall.

The Chinese and Russian casters did their own thing during the entire event. Apparently the Chinese were streaming the entire event live to a TV station in China, pretty cool!

Lighting and sound mixer.

In between games there were a bunch of “famous” people walking around in the lobby. I managed to get a picture with a few of them. Below is a picture of myself, Tobi Wan from joinDOTA and SyndereN from mTw.

Alternative shot!

Cyborgmatt and myself. Team Gabe represent! I’ve known Matt for over 10 years at this point, so meeting up was pretty awesome.

Freaktrap, Cyborgmatt, Qwiggalo, Jimo. Team Gabe!

Bruno the stats man and SingSing. I may or may not have been drunk when this was taken.

Myself and Dendi from Na`Vi. This was after their match with DK.

Chuan from iG right after they were crowned the champions of the 2012 Internationals.

After the event Valve held an after party. Loud music, beer, Dota, good times. It’s a shame that the price of alcohol was so expensive, I would of loved to have gotten drunk, but at $8 a bottle, no chance. For those wondering, it was House music, not Hardcore, sadface.

DJ someone.

Because I’m a sucker for any form of memorabilia, I loaded up on a tonne of awesome souvenirs, I have more than this photo shows even.

Overall, the International was great fun. I can’t wait to see what Valve does next year, so I’ll definitely be returning in 2013.

  • http://www.facebook.com/clickmenot Christian Ryan Macarse

    can i have one drodo the duffin please

  • chris

    awesome! it’s my dream to get to the international but the cost of the flight is too much for a romanian paycheck :(. i bet it was a nice experience for you!. if you ever feel like giving away one courier add me http://steamcommunity.com/id/oranjee17

  • http://twitter.com/vegbrasil Vinícius Santana

    Awesome. I still think that Matt is Icefrog hahah

  • fL0p·er

    Just discovered you, -thru the spectating guide, which almost made me begin to wonder about how hard could it turn in worst of cases to discover by one self the stuff to do… after reading I saw you do guides like that one, so ellaborated and made with care about presentation and ease of reading-, your steam account, so your blog, so this post, among a lot of promisingly interesting stuff, -that I’ll try to check if I got the time- and so me enjoying HQ pics of ’12 edition of The International. Also found out you workshopped that mythical “Alerialei’s” bow, and, along with that, you also cast three different pods.
    Now you got a great fan.
    Cheers from La Rioja,

    Javi. (fL0per)

    PS: Sorry if my english results kind of weird to understand. I sometimes feel that I shouldn’t compose in spanish while my fingers are typing english, it makes me doubtful and forced to beg pardon as I’m doing everytime I post in english.

    • http://www.Jimo.co.uk/ Jimo

      Thanks for the support man! I really appreciate it.

  • A L I V E

    Sir, it’s aegis of champions , not aegis of immortal