The series has featured different aspects the lives of teams and players leading up to TI7, Dota 2’s most prestigious tournament. The first episode, for instance, followed the path of teams trying to qualify to TI7 (with mixed results). The final episode will follow OG’s journey through TI7, as the four-time Major champions finished 7-8th.
The episode airs at 10 p.m. ET Friday on TBS. Viewers can also stream the show online through the TBS mobile app, which requires users to login using information from their cable providers.
Lin is one of Dota 2’s most high profile fans. He made a guest appearance on the broadcast of The Summit 7 and endorsed Chinese esports organization Vici Gaming, aiding in the creation of Team VGJ.
The series marked the first foray into Dota 2 for ELEAGUE, the Turner Sports-backed organization that launched last year with two seasons of Counter-Strike. ELEAGUE has also hosted a Counter-Strike Major (and a $250,000 show match), an Overwatch tournament and a Street Fighter V tournament. Most recently, ELEAGUE announced a world championship for Injustice 2 and another Counter-Strike event, so expanding into Dota 2 continued to diversify ELEAGUE’s esports portfolio.
This series also marked ELEAGUE’s first esports venture that didn’t include live event broadcasts. Producing this type of documentary or series has always been of interest to ELEAGUE — ELEAGUE host Richard Lewis told Slingshot about those ideas a few months ago — and dipping its toe into an event as large as TI7 was a good starting place for ELEAGUE.
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