Dota 2 The International 2019 finals concluded with OG winning their second back to back title. They are one really rich organisation now as they picked up the main prize of the largest prize pool in esports history for two years in a row.
The International 2019 came to conclusion with the champions defending their title which prompt some observers to conclude the tournament was predictable but nothing could be farther from the truth.
As TI9 group stage started, Chaos Esports Club and Evil Geniuses looked like prime candidates for dropping out immediately, despite the latter having placed third one year before. EG turned their game around, however, secured a spot in the lower bracket and while they didn't repeat their success from TI8, they did manage to place 5-6th, going home with $1.2 million in their pockets.
They were eliminated by Team Liquid who had a comeback story of their own. After a fairly weak group stage where they eked out lower bracket with just three points more than the eliminated Chaos Esports Club, TL put on quite the show during the main event.
One by one, they eliminated Fnatic, TNC Predator, Royal Never Give Up, Evil Geniuses, Team Secret and even PSG LGD who were one of the favourites to win the tournament. TL's incredible run came to a halt only in the finals where they couldn't take down the reigning champions, OG.
Finishing in the second spot, TL took home almost $4.5 million which is a little under three times the prize they won on the previous International.
As for the champions, OG secured the biggest esports prize in history, second time in a row. The International 2018 prize pool was previously the highest one where OG walked away with $11.2 million. The main prize was beaten by this year's edition of the same tournament as OG were rewarded with $15.6 million.
Granted, the reward will not entirely go to the players but it still marks the biggest earning per player of any esport event, including Fortnite World Cup. The earnings are $3.12 million per player while the single biggest prize in Fortnite World Cup was $3 million.