Dota 2 has been ruling as a game that has a tournament worth more than most sporting tournaments in the world for a few years now. And that didn’t just happen because sponsors poured in money for The International to become this big. But because this is a game that incites passion in its players and it’s the community that funds this tournament.
And this passion is present because players have seen their idols make some amazing plays or even mistakes from time to time that makes this game as great as it is. Ever since Valve started holding The International, each edition has had its moments that stand out and has become part of its history. Valve gathers the best Dota 2 teams from around the world to duke it out every year and today we will be looking at some of those most iconic moments that the world has seen from Dota 2’s The International. We chose these moments not just because of the epic gameplays from the players but of its potential to offset and set trends of its own.
Dendi and Puppey Fountain Hooks
This match at The International 2013 between Natus Vincere and Tongfu was one of the most iconic and controversial matches in the tournament yet. In this match, Tongfu got off to a strong start and Dendi and Puppey were forced to bring out a trick from their bag that made many call it unfair. Puppey on his Chen would cast Test of Faith on Dendi’s Pudge who would then position his character and hook the opponent hero right into the Fountain, killing them instantly. This was patched right after the tournament got over.
Ky.xY’s Aegis Deny
At The International 2013, saw one of the most infamous blunders made by a top level pro ever. Orange.Neolution was facing Natus Vincere in the lower bracket finals and in its third game Orange had Na’Vi with their backs against the wall. Thinking they were in a safe place Orange decided to take Roshan and they did, only to have Ky.xY’s Windrunner deny the Aegis. This blunder cost them the match and a place at the tournament as Na’Vi fought back to get a win from that point on. People still refer to the act of denying an Aegis as ‘Doing a Ky.xY’.
Universe’s Six Million Dollar Echo Slam
The International 2015’s final came down to a match between CDEC and Evil Geniuses. And in the fourth game of the match saw one of the most iconic uses of ultimate abilities that define the term ‘wombo combo’. CDEC caught Sumail’s Storm Spirit off guard and after taking him down decided to take Roshan, but Universe on his EarthShaker and PPD’s Ancient Aparition had other plans. As soon as CDEC were in the Roshan pit Universe and PPD used their ultimates to destroy four of the five heroes of CDEC, basically ending the match there.
s4’s Million Dollar Dream Coils
The grand finals of The International 2013 featuring The Alliance and Na’Vi is considered the greatest match of Dota 2 ever played, and is known as the El Classico of Dota. And if this epic match had a man of the match award then it would go to the captain of The Alliance team, s4. Na’Vi were in a dominating position and about the end the game when Loda and Admiral Bulldog initiated a sneak attack on the Na’Vi base. And to prevent it, Na’Vi players panicked and started teleporting back close to the enemy base, and s4 seized on this opportunity to stop three of them from getting back. This changed the course of the game and s4 managed to do the same again with two other players, by which time Na’Vi base was almost gone.
This was one of the most surprising comebacks in a gank in the history of Dota 2 and is simply called ‘The Play’. In the second match of The International 2012 upper bracket finals iG was taking on Na’Vi and found a moment to backstab them at the bottom lane. They smoked up and initiated the perfect play with Naga’s ultimate followed by Tidehunter’s Ravage. But Puppey was too quick on his Engima and activated Black King Bar and followed by Dendi on his insane reflexes on Rubik, managed to reverse the whole situation and rout iG in the gank.