Valve’s DOTA 2 championship prelims are happening as we speak and you can watch them live. Learn how to watch DOTA 2 The International Prelims Matches live. Preliminary rounds in DOTA 2 don’t eliminate any teams, but the results decide which team will be seeded for the main competition starting on Friday, August 31 at 10 a.m. PDT. The International DOTA 2 Championships offers a first-place price of $1 million for the team that will be winning it.
Last year DOTA 2 tournament was won by the Ukranian Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) team, which has taken home the $1 million dollars prize money. EHOME (China) came in second and took away the $250,000 price, while Scythe Gaming (Singapore) placed third and walked away with $150,000. This year will be a pretty exciting match as last year’s champion are here to defend the title. Some of the main contenders for this year DOTA 2 tournament are Team DK, Team Complexity, and Team mTw who just won Dreamhack this summer of 2012.
Watch all the action of the DOTA 2 prelims rounds here, or see the upcoming matches and past winners on the DOTA 2 championships schedule page.
You can also download and use the DOTA 2 Spectator Client which is free to everyone on steam, to watch The International Live prelims and replays inside of the DOTA 2 client. Note that you must install Steam software first to use the DOTA 2 Spectator client.
While DOTA 2 is still in beta phase, there have been many changes and tweaks on the interface, plus added new heroes that were imported from DotA (Defense of the Ancients), Warcraft 3 custom map. Watch DOTA 2 Prelims matches live, and see the best DOTA 2 teams go head to head with their team strategy, gaming style, farming, and micro management skills.