The final event of the Dota Pro Circuit wrapped up this weekend after OG Esports took down the almighty Team Liquid 3 – 1 in the Grand Finale, making it two in a row for OG. The prize pool for this year’s The International 2019 broke all sorts of records breaking a total of $34 million USD. OG Esports not only take home the title, but the top prize of $15,613,834.

The biggest event in the Dota Pro Circuit is over, having been held in Shanghai for the first time this year. This was the 9th edition of the annual Dota event, last year’s event took place in Vancouver and saw OG Esports take top prize of a stunning $11 million USD. The Valve sponsored event featured a total of 18 of the best Dota 2 teams out there.

The total prize pool breached $34 million USD this year. This amount easily breaks last year’s record of $25.5 million USD. It also eclipses the $30,000,000 prize pool at last month’s Fortnite World Cup that took place in New York City. This year’s base prize pool started at $1.6 million USD and has steadily grown by nearly 2000% since then. The prize pool is being collected through donations and crowdfunding and the figure will continue to grow until The International 2019 concludes.

OG Esports route to the final was pretty straight forward after finishing on top of Group B with a 6-2-0 record. 1st placed OG took on Newbee in the Upper Bracket Round 1, picking up an easy 2 – 0 win in the Bo3 round game. They followed this up with a 2 – 1 win over Evil Geniuses in Round 2, which set up a tasty match-up between OG and PSG.LGD (who finished first in Group A with a 5-3-0 record). This was a much closer fought affair, though OG managed to claw out a 2 – 1 win over the French team in the semi finals.

For Team Liquid things couldn’t have been more different. After finishing a shocking 7th in Group A with a 2-2-4 record. This sent them into the Lower Bracket Playoff Rounds where they faced off against Fnatic, winning 1 – 0 in the Bo1 game. In Round 2 they faced off against TNC Predator, winning 2 – 0. Another 2 – 0 win against RNGU and against Evil Geniuses meant Team Liquid not only found a change of form and fortune but a route to the Lower Bracket Round 5.

A fourth consecutive 2 – 0 win against Team Secret set up a mouth-watering match-up against PSG.LGD in the semis. And at this point Team Liquid’s momentum just would not stop, helping them to a 2 – 1 win against the Group A toppers, though few would have predicted such a swing in fortune, after their initial group-stage form.

Team Liquid’s momentum was not infinite however, running out in the Grand Finale against last year’s champs. The Grand Finale finished 3 – 1 (check out some highlights and best plays of the Finale here), meaning that OG Esports has earned a whopping $27 million USD after winning the Dota event two years running.

That wraps up things for the Dota 2 Pro Circuit for this year, and after breaking all sorts of records Dota 2 fans should be excited to see how the event turns out next year! Will The International 2020 be better than The International 2019? Undoubtedly in our opinion.

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