While this year’s Dota 2 International tournament will no longer have a live audience, there are still plenty of ways to catch all the action. The 2021 International – the first in two years because of the pandemic – kicks off today (October 7) and runs until October 17. Now, developer Valve has outlined all the ways to tune in remotely.
First up, there’s a new section on the Dota Pro Circuit site dedicated to The International, which you can find right here. This will be the go-to place for all live streams of the contest across five languages, and you’ll find two viewing modes to pick from when you head to the site: standard and spoiler-free. The former offers the “optimal viewing experience with the latest match-ups, scores, and standings right at your fingertips”, while the latter will “automatically track which VODs you’ve watched and block information regarding unknown match-ups and standings”. You can hop between these two options any time.
While the group stages are live, there’ll naturally be multiple games going on at once, so you’ll find the main stream hosts the “Multicast” – a stream following the most exciting games of the day. You can switch to one of the other games going on, though, by picking one of the alternative numbered options, catchily titled ‘dota2ti_2’, ‘dota2ti_5’, and so on.