What is Dota 2?
For those unfamiliar with the game, Dota 2 is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game in which two teams of five players compete against each other on a large home-based map called Ancient. The two teams go into battle to try to destroy the other team's Ancient Team and win the game.
Although it may sound easy, it is an extremely complex game that is hard to learn and extremely difficult to master. There are over 100 heroes to choose from, each with a number of unique special abilities. As you play, you earn gold that you can use to buy items that increase your stats and abilities over the course of the game. Knowing which items you need to buy and combine to maximize your hero's power takes time to learn, and before you even learn about the strategy of controlling battle paths, fighting your hero against various heroes, and the Work with a team to control the field and eventually destroy the opponent's Ancient.
If a team knows what it does, a game can make a dime, making a tournament particularly exciting among professional teams. And since The International is the biggest Dota 2 tournament of the year, you have a good chance to see the best of the best.
How to See the International
There are a few different ways to get in the action. You can watch live on Steam Broadcasting, access Twitch (no login required) or go to a location near your home where Pompomp events are taking place. But the best way to watch, especially if you're already playing the game, is to watch from the Dota 2 client itself.
If you look out of the game, you can switch cameras at will, follow certain players if you have favorites, and you can listen to a multicast in English, Chinese, or Russian that shows the highlights of the games while they are playing to be played.
Or, if you are lucky enough to be in possession of a ticket for the personal event, The International will be held in the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada.