Starting next month, tune to TBS to watch the struggles of professional gamers as they compete for a more than 21 million dollar prize pool.
Eleague: Road To The International Dota 2 Championships kicks off at 10 p.m. Eastern and Pacific times on Aug. 4th with new episodes airing every Friday at 10 PM throughout the month of August.
The four-part docu-series centers around the struggles professional Dota 2 players face as they train and compete for the largest prize pool esports has ever seen. The more than 21 million dollars prize pool will continue to grow until Battle Pass crowdfunding comes to an end in the coming weeks.
For those new to the Dota 2 competitive scene, The International or TI, is a yearly event hosted by Valve that started five years ago. At the time, it was held at massive gaming expo Gamescom in Germany where the prize pool totaled about $1.6 million – a mere fraction of what it is now.
The tournament has since moved to Seattle, Washington where the prize pool has broken the record for largest esports prize pool every year since 2014.
Dota 2 is a free-to-play MOBA from Valve Corporation that pits two teams of five players against each other in a game of sharp wit and strategy. Each player controls a hero with special abilities and must work together with their teammates to defend their base while also trying to be the first to destroy the opposing team's base. The Dota franchise started as a mod, inspired by Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and its expansion The Frozen Throne. It's been three years since release and Dota 2 continues to be one of the top free-to-play games on Steam.
Before the premiere of its new show, TBS will be introducing the Eleague series by running Valve’s esports documentary Free To Play on July 28th at 10 PM Eastern and Pacific times. The esports documentary tells the story of three professional Dota 2 players as they compete in the first-ever Dota 2 International Tournament.
The documentary is a great way to ease into both the game and the concept of esports if you're new to either or both. It also offers insight into the sacrifices and obstacles players face when they decide to go pro.
“We’re not just playing because we’re addicted," Tammy “furryfish” Tang, co-founder of the first all-female Dota team PMS Asterisk, says in Free to Play. "There’s a goal, a motive, that we can reach out and grab if we’re good enough.”