DOTA 2 TI Winners List: TI1 to Present

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If you want to bet on The International, you need to know your Dota 2 TI winners history. Winning an international tournament is the greatest dream of any top professional esports team. Not only can teams earn huge cash prizes, but they also earn the prestige of being the best players in the world that year. 

The International is well known to be a fiercely competitive esports tournament with teams competing from all six regions. This is why Dota TI winners are different, they have stormed through the tournament full of favorites to win the Aegis of Champions trophy.

The prize pool is also something to look forward to. Dota famously has the largest prize pools in esports and teams want to claim a part for themselves. The huge stakes also lead to exceptional plays and teamwork, leaving viewers desperate for more. Every Dota 2 TI winner has many games that we can remember fondly, and here we will dive into those TI winners right from when TI began.

List of Dota 2 The International Winners – TI1 to Present

The International, or TI for short, is the highest and most prestigious tournament in Dota 2 esports. This event brings in teams from different regions to play and be crowned the international champion in Dota 2. The best teams battle it out for the highest prize pool in esports, with thousands of sponsors involved. It’s also a great opportunity to get involved with Dota The International betting.

Here is every single team that has been a Dota 2 TI winner since its inception:

2011TI1Natus VincereEEU
2012TI2Invictus GamingCN
2015TI5Evil GeniusesNA
2016TI6Wings GamingCN
2017TI7Team LiquidWEU
2021TI10Team SpiritEEU
2022TI11Tundra EsportsWEU

Dota 2 The International Champions Through History

From the very first Dota 2 TI winners, Navi, to the latest winners, Tundra Esports, every team that has won The International has left a mark on the Dota 2 community.

In this section, we will delve into each winner of TI, highlighting key moments that led to their success.

TI1 Winners: Natus Vincere

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Natus Vincere is an old name in esports. Well-known as one of the best gaming franchises in the world, they have trophies across games like CS:GO, League of Legends, and Dota 2.

NaVi’s pioneering win occurred in Cologne, Germany, at the TI 1 tournament in 2011. As this was the first iteration of The International, there was a comparatively small but nonetheless exciting prize. They won by beating EHOME and walking away with $1 million from the 1.6 million dollar prize pool.

The team also had Dota 2 legend Clement “Puppey” Ivanov, the only player in TI history to participate in 11 consecutive TI competitions. 

TI2 Winners: Invictus Gaming

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Image credit: Valve

TI champions, Invictus Gaming crushed the first TI winner, who came back with a chance to win the tournament back-to-back.

The event was held in Seattle, Washington and saw IG come out on top with a 3-1 win. They took home $1 million of the $1,600,00 prize pool and had the chance to lift the Aegis for the first time.

TI3 Winners: Alliance

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At this point, The International started to get bigger and more teams became interested in winning this trophy for their region. Around this time, Valve introduced the Compendium, which also increased the prize pool by $2.50 every time someone purchased the battle pass. This would eventually lead to huge prize pools in the future.

TI3 is said to have one of the most thrilling finals of all time. Europe’s Alliance faced off against the TI 1 champions, NAVi.

Eventually, Alliance won it, with the European region lifting the trophy for the first time after beating Natus Vincere 3-1. This match led to an explosion in the tournament’s popularity, with more esports fans attending the event.

Alliance took home the US$ 1,437,190 grand prize from TI3’s US$ 2,874,380 prize pool.

TI4 Winners: Newbee

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Image credit: Valve

Dota 2 boomed in popularity over this year and had to move to KeyArena in Seattle, Washington to accommodate huge numbers of TI fans.

China again returned to be the Dota 2 The International champions, with Newbee beating Vici Gaming soundly 3-1 and proving they were the best Dota 2 players. Newbee earned US$ 5,025,029 in prize money from TI4’s US$ 10,923,977 total prize pool.

TI5 Winner: Evil Geniuses

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Image credit: Evil Geniuses

North America wanted a taste of the action too and after beating the Chinese squad, CDEC gaming, they walked away with a $6.63 million prize from the prize pool.

During TI 5, Valve also made a change to make sure all participants got a fraction of the ever-growing prize pool. Regardless, Evil Geniuses won US$ 6,634,661, which was the lion’s share of TI5’s US$ 18,429,613 prize pool.

TI6 Winner: Wings Gaming

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Image credit: Valve

Dota 2’s The International continued using KeyArena for the third time as they hosted Chinese team Wings Gaming and Digital Chaos. 

Wings Gaming eventually became the Dota 2 The International winners with a 3-1 victory in the grand final. This marked the third time that the Chinese region took home the Aegis.

Valve also updated the prize pool format, offering 25% of the battle pass to the prize pool instead of the regular Compendium. This increased the prize pool, with Wings Gaming winning the US$ 9,139,002 grand prize from TI6’s US$ 20,770,460 prize pool.

TI7 Winners: Team Liquid

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Team Liquid is well-known for its franchises in Valorant, LOL and CS:GO. They became Dota 2 The International 7’s winner after shutting down another Chinese charge from Newbee. 

Team Liquid took home the US$ 10,862,683 grand prize from TI7’s US$ 24,787,916 prize pool after fighting their way through the lower bracket and ending the day on a very clean 3-0 win against the upper bracket finalists.

TI8 Winners: OG

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The International changed locations to Vancouver, Canada and used a new points system that vetted the Dota 2 TI teams. OG went on to win the tournament after beating Chinese PSG.LGD (now LGD Gaming) with a 3-2 fight to become Dota 2 The International winners for the first time. 

OG was an underdog in the tournament but turned it round and beat everyone’s expectations. They put up a hard fight to get through the tournament to get the Aegis shield. They won the US$ 11,234,158 grand prize from TI8’s US$ 25,532,177 prize pool.

TI9 Winners: OG

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Image credit: Valve

The International 9 was a historic event, with OG being the first team to go back-to-back for the first time in the tournament

The team rode on the backs of some of the best Dota players, Johan “N0tail” Sundstein, Sebastian “Ceb” Debs and Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen and they eventually beat Team Liquid 3-1. Despite their first win at TI8 being called a fluke, OG proved they deserve to stand among the best Dota teams in the world. To date, they are still the only team to have ever won The International twice.

OG was awarded the US$ 15,620,181 grand prize from TI9’s massive US$ 34,330,068 prize pool.

TI10 Winners: Team Spirit

dota 2 ti winners team spirit ti10 2021
Image credit: Team Spirit via Twitter

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, The International had to be delayed. However, Valve continued the event in 2021, with EEU’s Team Spirit winning the trophy. Team Spirit became the first Russian team to win the title after crushing Chinese kings, PSG.LGD, in a 3-2 match.

The squad won the US$ 18,208,300 grand prize, which was the lion’s share of TI10’s US$ 40 million prize pool, the largest in esports history.

TI11 Winners: Tundra Esports

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Image credit: Valve

Tundra Esports are the latest Dota 2 TI winners. But nothing suggested that Tundra Esports would breeze through TI 11 before the event. While they finished 1st in the third tour of WEU that season, they finished only 4th and 3rd on the previous tours. At the Arlington Major—the final Major before TI 11—they didn’t even make it past the group stage, winning zero series and losing three.

Yet the team would go on to win TI 2022 without losing a single series in the upper bracket and with a negligible 1 game loss against Team Secret in the semifinals.

They brought home $8.5 million, which was 45% of the TI 11’s $18.9 million prize pool.

Check back for an update on the Dota 2 International winner for 2023

With this list of all the previous Dota 2 TI winners, you’d think that you’d be able to hazard a guess at who stands a good chance of becoming the Dota 2 TI 2023 winners. Knowing the history of a competitive event such as this one is a great way to slightly clear away the fog of war, especially when it comes to gambling. TI12 winners odds are already indicating who could potentially win this event.

It’s worth checking out some more recent Dota 2 tournaments including Majors and DreamLeague. There, you should encounter the name Gaimin Gladiators. This WEU team went on an unprecedented win streak in the world of Dota 2 this year, winning 5 S-tier tournaments in a row in 2023. They were knocked off their horses by Team Spirit at Riyadh Masters and no team has ever won a Major and gone on to win TI in the same year. But if anyone can do it, it’s Gaimin. 

Researching the Dota 2 TI teams should make betting much easier. You can also choose to bet on Dota TI favorites that popular predictors are picking.

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Sophie has been working in esports betting for over 2 years. She's a huge fan of Dota 2 and CS:GO, and keeps up with the latest esports betting industry news.

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