It was released on November 13, 2008 and sold 2.8 million copies within the first day, which at that time was fastest selling computer game of all time.
The game added a substantial amount of new content into the game world, including the new continent of Northrend, home of the eponymous Lich King and his undead minions.
Out of the 16 participating teams, 13 were invited, with two of the remaining teams receiving their place in the tournament via two invite-only geographic qualifier tournaments, the "West Qualifier" and the "East Qualifier." The final team received their place by winning the Wildcard Match between the runners-up of the two qualifier tournaments.
The base prize pool was the same as the one used at the first and second Internationals.
The winners of these qualifiers were directly invited to the tournament while the runner-ups of each tournament were flown to compete for the final spot in the tournament through a qualification game in Seattle.
World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King is the second expansion set for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) World of Warcraft, following The Burning Crusade.
The International Dota 2 Championship was held in Seattle, Washington, at the Benaroya Hall.
This event is the third tournament to bear the name 'The International.' The first International was held in 2011 at Gamescom while the second International was held in 2012 in Seattle.In order to advance through Northrend, players are required to reach at least level 68 and the level cap for the expansion is 80.However, 25% of the revenue generated by the sale of the Interactive Compendium was redirected to the prize pool.The final prize pool was ,874,380 (,274,380 added) 13 teams were selected by Valve and were sent personal invitations to compete in the tournament and were announced during the week of April 23rd - 30th.The teams who were not directly invited had a chance to qualify through two qualifiers divided by geographical region.
These invitational tournaments were appropriately named the Eastern Qualifiers and the Western Qualifiers.