Dota 2’s Tourney-Ending $6 Million Play Explained

Over the weekend, five Dota 2 players won millions of dollars at The International 2015 thanks largely to one amazing play, which quickly became known as the Six Million Dollar Echo Slam.

Several friends not versed in Dota have asked me about “that play,” which exploded on social media and YouTube after TI5 concluded on Saturday. Watch it for yourself in the video below.

Dota is a big and complex beast, so let’s demistify the crazy colors and sounds and let everyone know exactly why this play was so devastating.

To start off, the stakes: The final series of TI5 included two teams –  A North American team called Evil Geniuses (EG), and a Chinese team called CDEC. It was a best-of-five series, so the first team to three victories wins the championship. EG had a 2-1 lead heading into game four.

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