TI5 Giveaway (And a Total Outsider's Look at TI5)

I have confession to make. When a coworker first asked me to write a blog on "the I-5," I was a little confused. I mean, really...who wants to read about a stretch of freeway that runs along the west coast, from Canada to Mexico? But at the end of the day, the assignment was...assigned, so I started writing. I have to say I turned out a truly beautiful, moving piece about my personal favorite freeway, the I-5. But then the aforementioned coworker read it, and was all like, '€œUhhh, dude. Not the I-5. The the DOTA 2 Championships. TI5 '€” The International 5. You idiot.'€ I agree, calling me an idiot was unnecessary. But it got the point across.

The research began. Things I learned (4 n00bz only):

  • It'€™s TI5, not the I-5. (Noted.)
  • DOTA is a MOBA. (Um, okay.)
  • Each match takes place between two teams of five players. (Just like basketball!)
  • Each player'€™s '€œhero'€ has a different power/skill/use. (Just like life!)
  • The purpose of the game is to destroy the other team. (Just like life!)
  • 16 teams will face off against each other at the Key Arena in Seattle. (I saw Jay Z there!)
  • The first place team will win over $6,000,000. (Wait, what? Where do I sign up?)

Lucky for me (and anyone else who'€™s considering picking up a new full-time job as a professional DOTA 2 player), they have a Newcomer Show that will be broadcast during the main event starting August 3rd, that aims to ease people into '€œunderstanding the exciting world of Dota.'€ On it. See you guys next year.

Since we all know I'€™ll be taking home the grand prize next year, let'€™s take a look at who we'€™re pulling for this year: Our very own Evil Geniuses! Yeah, we sponsor them. NBD. EG came close to winning it all last year, and we'€™re really pulling for them to take it all this year. Not that we'€™re biased or anything.

You probably already know, but we also have a killer Evil Geniuses shop at DBH where you can find some awesome EG artwork on T-Shirts, high-quality team jerseys and hats.

Check the Evil Geniuses roster:

TI5 GiveawayYou might have noticed that we'€™re doing another one of our amazing giveaways to celebrate the DOTA 2 TI5 Championships. That'€™s right. And the prizes are absolutely insane this year! Check '€˜em out:

First Place

  • CyberPowerPC Syber Vapor A Gaming Console
  • Limited Edition Evil Geniuses TI5 Snapback Hat
  • EG JABBA T-Shirt (TI5 Edition)
  • Evil Geniuses Official Team Jersey
  • SteelSeries Siberia V3 Gaming Headset
  • SteelSeries 6GV2 Keyboard
  • SteelSeries Rival Mouse
  • SteelSeries QCK Heavy Mousepad

Two Runners Up

  • Limited Edition Evil Geniuses TI5 Snapback Hat
  • EG JABBA T-Shirt (TI5 Edition)
  • SteelSeries Siberia V3 Gaming Headset
  • SteelSeries Rival Mouse
  • SteelSeries QCK Heavy Mousepad

Head over to the TI5 Giveaway page to enter, and keep you eyes peeled on the DBH blog for TI5 updates during the tournament (Aug. 3-8), and make sure to watch daily on the YouTube and Twitch streams!

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