Two-time Champions: Team Spirit Conquers The International Once Again
In the grand finale of The International 2023, Team Spirit squared off against Gladiators.
Team Spirit paved their way to the grand finals through the upper bracket, securing the top spot in Group A (with 4 wins out of 4 matches) and defeating Shopify Rebellion in the seeding match (2:0). In the playoffs, the team triumphed over Virtus.pro (2:1), Team Liquid (2:1), and LGD Gaming (2:0).
Gladiators, on the other hand, finished second in Group C (with 2 wins, a draw, and a loss). They lost to Talon (1:2) in the seeding match and began their playoff journey from the lower bracket. Along the way to the grand finals, they overcame challenges from Evil Geniuses (2:0), 9Pandas (2:0), nouns (2:0), Team Liquid (2:1), Azure Ray (2:0), and LGD Gaming (2:0).
The best-of-5 grand final concluded with a dominant 3:0 scoreline in favor of Team Spirit, making them two-time champions of The International 2023.
The total prize pool for the tournament was a $3,148,675. For their victory, Team Spirit took home 45% of the prize fund, amounting to $1,417,050.