Recently, the "TI9" audition for the DOTA2 game was launched, but its ticket prices are extremely expensive, and the final ticket was fired to more than 10,000. You have to know that now even the best performance of the National Grand Theater is more than 1,000 tickets, the tickets for star concerts are about a few thousand, and the tickets for the idol meeting can only sell for tens of thousands of dollars. In other words, this game, this game, can actually have the allure of idol stars! If you are not a DOTA player, you may be interested to know what kind of game is this and why are the tickets so expensive?
TI’s full name is "The International", also known as "DOTA2 International Invitational Tournament". It is the largest annual DOTA event. TI has hosted 8 sessions and this year is the 9th session. , And its biggest feature is that the bonus is extremely high. Starting from TI3, the bonus has exceeded 20 million yuan, after TI5, the total bonus has exceeded 100 million. This year is the 9th "TI9", and the bonus has exceeded 26 million. US dollars, which is about 180 million yuan,Maybe it will break 200 million this time! Since TI3, all the players who have won the championship have left their names in the "e-sports income rankings", such as Kuroky "K God" currently ranked first, or Miracle-"Miracle Brother" second. He is a well-known figure in the DOTA world; among them, God K has started playing at TI3, and has won the rankings almost every time, and TI7 has won the championship, so he became the number one in the e-sports income ranking.
The most powerful thing is that although the bonus is so high, the organizer, the V company, can still make money. Because according to ordinary people's thinking, it is not difficult to pay 200 million yuan. Many large companies have this strength. For example, the R star, who developed a 3A game, has invested more than 200 million US dollars to make "GTA5", which is more than 1.5 billion yuan! Such a high investment has also brought great returns. The data on the wiki shows that GTA5 has sold more than90 million copies, total revenue of 6 billion US dollars! 200 million investment to earn back 6 billion, 30 times the profit is really exciting. But this is just an example. The fact is that many companies have invested a lot of costs and cannot make any money at all. For example, the very famous Atari company released "ET" in 1982. The copyright fee only cost 25 million US dollars. In the end, the cost was not recovered at all. The company announced a loss of 500 million US dollars in 1983 and had to split and sell... Therefore, blind investment is not necessarily wise.
But the V company has his own routine. TI’s setting is that “25% of the player’s money becomes a bonus”, so a bonus of 200 million is equivalent to saying that V Club has earned 600 million; the higher the bonus, the more V Club will earn more, and it will not lose money. ! Therefore, TI can be held year after year, and the prize money is higher than once.
With such a high bonus, it naturally motivates many people to participate. The second feature of TI that is involved here is the sense of honor and mission of the Chinese team.
A dozen years ago, when DOTA just became popular, Chinese players were exposed to this type of game earlier and were able to play it well. This made DOTA in the next few years The game is basically dominated by the Chinese and the Chinese teamWon the championship. Later, Icefrog and V agency co-produced DOTA2, and the Chinese team decided to move to DOTA2, so they began to participate in TI. The first EHOME team won the runner-up. In the second session, the iG team won the championship, and LGD and DK won the third and fourth places respectively. This has greatly satisfied domestic players, and has derived the slogan "CN DOTA, BEST DOTA". It is no exaggeration to say that the DOTA players at the time came up with an idea, "This game is obviously for the Chinese team, we only need to get money every year!"
As a result, TI3 was slapped in the face. There are many specific reasons, including the training environment, but also the understanding of DOTA games (such as with lines), and even bug hooks. But e-sports There is no reason. The result is that the Chinese team did not even get the top three, which made everyone feel very shameless.
At TI4, the Chinese rushed to catch up. NB and VG (ViciGaming) met in the finals and locked in advance. Chinese champion status, let DOTA players feel proud. It was from TI4 that the saying "even-numbered years" came out, that is, "the even-numbered TI Chinese team will win the championship." This statement was only "even-numbered years" at first, but why did it become "even-numbered years curse"? Because in TI5 and TI7, a large number of Chinese teams have overcome difficulties on the TI battlefield and won the second, three, four and five places, but they just can't win the championship! In particular, it was a pity that the Liquid team in the defeated group had to wear three on TI7!
There is another point that can prove the "even-numbered year curse", that is TI6. TI6 can be said to be a very exciting one. The old players such as LGD and NB have not made the top eight. The team’s EHOME team is fifth, and team iG, the former TI2 champion, has not even passed the qualifiers... It’s unbelievable. So in the final stage, over time, a Chinese team fell (such as EHOME Super The soldiers were overturned and looked uncomfortable), and the hearts of the audience gradually became cold. However, the attentive people found that there was an unknown battle.Team WINGS seems to be winning? Then this team actually got more and more courageous as they fought, and they played more and more unrestrainedly. The lineup they sacrificed was often unexpected and unfinished by the opponent. In the final final, WINGS defeated the opponent DC with a bottomless pool of heroes. In the end, they won the championship 3-1, and the WINGS team also won a very resounding nickname "Guardian Wings"!
This series The record made domestic DOTA fans even more convinced that "the champion of even-numbered years belongs to the Chinese." Therefore, it was especially uncomfortable for the LGD to be overturned in the TI8 finals. Especially the last set started with a big score of 18:4. The result was a series of results. The mistake was finally ruined. I couldn’t say a word for a long time. The only thought in my mind, the game of Dota, it shouldn’t be like this.
So to some extent, you can be said to be a For Chinese DOTA enthusiasts, you must watch TI. TI is not just a game, it is also a glorious trial field for the national team you care about, and a part of your ideals. As a DOT for more than ten yearsA veteran player, I can't play the game for a long time, but every year I stay up late to watch TI.
The last detail is that this year’s TI is in ChinaThis is the first time that China has ushered in such a grand event (the first in Germany in the previous eight, the second to seventh in Seattle, the eighth in Canada). Although LGD failed to win the championship last year, it aroused the audience's blood. After all, it hasn't won the championship for two years, so I sighed in my heart. In addition, Shanghai has the advantage of timing besides its geographical location. In the past, playing abroad was in the middle of the night due to jet lag. The finals of Bo5 (and earlier Bo7) were basically all night, and it was ninety o'clock in the morning. Since TI9 is hosted in Shanghai, there is no jet lag, which means that if you can buy tickets, you can watch the game seamlessly without having to endure all night pain, so many people are willing to spend 10,000 yuan to buy tickets.