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The International's DOTA 2 stage is a real showpiece

This is how to set the stage for one of the most popular eSports events on the calendar.

Valve kicked off its annual Dota 2 tournament The International this week and it seems it’s built a stage that really takes the cake as being one of the coolest e-sports arenas ever made.

The publisher hasn’t wasted its resources either considering the prize pool for the tournament is a whopping $18 million.

The stage is really well-crafted and not only does it project the Dota map, but whenever a player uses an Ultimate or even a basic spell, it’s displayed on the main stage and appears to be shooting towards the enemy team’s corner.

In case you missed the main event, you can watch the full recap and stream here.

Thanks, Kotaku.

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