It’s that time of year again when the biggest Dota 2 event, The International, rolls around and our favourite esports host Paul ‘ReDeYe’ Chaloner will be taking the reins. It’s been a little over a year since ReDeYe first appeared as a host in the Dota 2 scene but since then he has gained support and praise from the Dota community.
The International 2015 will be held at the KeyArena Center in Seattle, Washington from the 3rd to the 8th of August. The International 5 will be the biggest event in esports history with a prize pool of $15 million, some of which was raised through purchasing in-game items.
This year’s International is unusual in that not all of the previous winners were automatically invited but had to compete in the qualifiers. Unlike 2012 and 2014 champions Invictus Gaming and Newbee, 2013 champions Alliance and 2011 champions Natus Vincere had to compete in the qualifiers which resulted in Alliance unable to qualify. Another first for the event this year was the inclusion of the Open Qualifier where amateur and professional teams that weren’t invited to the main event or the qualifiers could compete for a spot.
ReDeYe will be joined by a plethora of talent at the casting desk:
Joining them at the analysis desk with fan favourite and pro player credentials are:
Providing top class interviews and observing during the event will be:
This year’s event will feature 16 teams rather than the 8 teams that competed last year. Invictus Gaming has secured some solid top 4 wins in recent major tournaments such as Major All stars and Red Bull Battle grounds. Will that be enough to push them towards a win at TI5 or will other teams such as Evil Geniuses, who have performed well recently in premier tournaments or Natus Vincere, who pushed their way through the European qualifiers, take the lead?
With double the talent, who will lay claim to a chunk of that $15 million prize pool and the number one spot?
To watch the action live or catch up with the vods, go to the Dota2 The International channel.
It’s been a while since we saw ReDeYe hosting an esports event and some thought that his James Bond Tux was stowed away for good. To show that his skills are by no means rusty, his first major appearance as host since joining Gfinity will be at one of the hottest events of the year; The International 5.
ReDeYe is no stranger to the DOTA2 esports scene after hosting ESL One Frankfurt last year where he won over the crowd and received praise from the community.
With the hype building for TI5 in August, Gosu Gamers caught up with him to find out how he feels hosting the biggest DOTA 2 event of the year, the step down from regular hosting and his opinion on the growth and challenges of esports in the last decade and for the future.
For the full interview, go to GosuGamers.
It’s been a while since ReDeYe has graced our screens and it wouldn’t be at all crazy if you had pictured him locked away in a small room somewhere refusing to give up esports secrets.
Actually, maybe it would.
Just to prove he is alive and kicking, ReDeYe joins The Late Game to discuss all things E3, Legacy of the Void and the latest esports news.
Joining ReDeYe on The Late Game is JaKaTak and series regulars, iNcontroL and Destiny.
For more of The Late Game episodes, including parts 2 and 3 of Ep.32, go to LycanGTV.
ReDeYe joins The Late Game to discuss all things SC2 including IEM Katowice, MKP Match Fixing Accusations, Winter ViewBots and his time at ESL.
Joining ReDeYe on The Late Game is Richard Lewis, Fenner, Lycan and Destiny.
For more of The Late Game episodes, including parts 2 and 3 of Ep.20, go to LycanGTV.
At IEM Katowice 2015, Paul gets put in the HeatSeat to answer those all important questions every fan has ever wanted to know. Vital questions include Paul’s first kiss and his most embarrassing music purchase. Everyone loved The Wombles at some point, right?