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Thursday, July 28, 2016

E-Sports : The International Keeps Getting Bigger

Every year, The International sets a new record. This is by far the largest E-sports tournament in the world, with a prize pool of $18.7 million (and growing) up for grabs in 2016. The best Dota 2 teams from around the world will gather at KeyArena in Seattle, starting August 3 and wrapping up with the Grand Finals on August 13. And the best of the best, leading the way at +250, is the juggernaut known as OG.

There isn't a hotter team on the planet right now. OG (hailing from Europe and captained by
Tal “Fly” Aizik) have already won two Dota 2 majors this year, the Manila Major and the ESL One Frankfurt. No other team has won more than one official Valve Corporation event – Valve being the developers and publishers of Dota 2.

As usual, Team Liquid are the one team in the 18-team field (including the four Wild Cards) expected to give OG a serious run for their money. These European rivals have been at each other's throats all year, with OG usually getting the better of it. Team Liquid are +400 at press time; Wings Gaming (+550) and Newbee (+650) are the second-tier contenders.

Euro 2016 - Live odds and lines

E-Sports : The International Keeps Getting Bigger

E-Sports Odds: OG, Team Liquid Collide at the International
With two Dota 2 majors already under their belts, OG are the +250 favorites to take down the biggest E-sports tournament of them all, the International. Seattle's KeyArena will once again play host, starting August 3 and ending with the Grand Finals on August 13.

OG's toughest competition should come from Team Liquid (+400), although most of their battles have gone OG's way of late. The ESL One Manila champions from Wings Gaming (+550) could have some value after their successful roster shuffle. And the 2014 TI winners, Newbee (+650), are on the rise after snatching Kaka from EHOME (+3300).

Dota 2 - The International Outright Winner

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