In The International 11, breaths were held for a week and upper bracket final and lower bracket round 5 matches were played. The tournament ended with the matches played on October 29 and October 30. Tundra Esports, which almost nobody thought of when asked who would be the champion before the tournament, became the team to reach the Aegis.
Today we're going to take a look at what happened in the upper bracket final and lower bracket round 5 and beyond.
Lower bracket round 5
Team Aster and Team Liquid faced off in the lower bracket round 5. When the two teams had previously faced each other in upper bracket round 1, Team Aster had won 2-0. This time, things went differently.
Team Liquid started the series ahead. Although Team Aster evened the score, they were defeated in the last game and said goodbye to the tournament.
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Upper bracket final
The upper bracket final series between Team Secret and Tundra Esports started off brilliantly. Tundra Esports won the first game, which lasted exactly 67 minutes.
Afterwards, although Team Secret equalized the score, Tundra Esports was the team that advanced to the grand final.
Lower bracket final
As we predicted, the lower bracket final match was played between Team Secret and Team Liquid. Another correct guess was that Team Secret would win the match. Team Secret became the team that advanced to the grand final with a 2-1 win over Team Liquid.
Undefeated champion: Tundra Esports
Tundra Esports and Team Secret paired up once again in the grand final. This time, Tundra Esports took no pity on its rival. They ended the Bo5 series in the earliest possible way, winning all three games in a row.
Neither in the group stage nor in the playoffs, no team has been able to beat Tundra Esports, including PSG.LGD. They deservedly became The International 11 champions with an amazing performance. Congratulations Tundra Esports.
What awaits us in Dota 2 esports in 2023?
With the conclusion of The International 11, attention turned to the new Dota Pro Circuit. With the new Dota Pro Circuit starting in 2023, teams will again try to do their best and take part in The International 2023.
Probably, Valve will try to solve a problem that they haven't been able to handle much this year. The problem is that The International 11 didn't even reach half the prize pool of the previous The International. The prize pool of The International 10 held in Bucharest, Romania last year was $40,018,195. This year, The International 11 held in Singapore had a total prize pool of $18,872,176.
This is due to the fact that the Battle Pass is not interesting enough for the players. With the decline in Battle Pass purchases, The International's prize pool did not rise very much. They will definitely focus on solving this next year in my opinion.
We have come to the end of a very interesting The International. We did not see favourites like PSG.LGD and OG, nor last year's champion Team Secret, in the later stages of the playoffs. Tundra Esports won the competition between teams that could not have been predicted to become champions. Stay tuned to Luckbox to keep up to date with Dota 2 esports in the future.