The International Dota 2 championship Grand Finals begin today - here's how to watch
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After months of qualifiers, single-match play, and multiple brackets, Valve's The International 4 world championship of Dota 2 ends today with the Grand Finals between Chinese teams ViCi Gaming and Newbee. Unlike the rest of this weekend's main event, the finals are a best of five series — the first team to take three wins takes home first place, and a more than $5 million USD purse.
Luckily, there are a number of ways to watch today's match.
- The TI4 Grand Finals are being broadcast live on ESPN3 — this is available throughESPN's web player if you have a valid cable television subscription, and is also live on any of their many live apps, including the ones on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
- You can also watch all Dota 2 finals coverage on Twitch, at twitch.tv/dota2ti. Even better, if you're new to Dota 2, you can check out the "noob stream," a specially commentated view with a lot of helpful info for less-experienced players to learn about what their watching. You can find that at twitch.tv/dota2ti_noob.
- Valve is also livestreaming the entire event at — drumroll please — Dota2.com.
- Finally, the most immediate way to watch the TI4 finals with as little delay as possible is in the Dota 2 client itself. Start the game and click "Watch" from the home screen, and you'll see The International at the top of its live tournaments list. Once you select the game, you can choose various language casts of the game, including the main stream being broadcast on Twitch, Dota2.com and ESPN. You can download Dota 2 through Steam for free.