The International 2017 live blog, live stream: Australian Damien ‘kpii’ Chok in Grand Final of $24 million esports tournament

SYDNEY’s Damien ‘kpii’ Chok could produce the biggest moment in Australian esports history this morning when his team Newbee competes in the Grand Final of The International 2017.

A crowdfunded $ US24 million prize pool is on offer at the richest esports tournament in history, which saw the 18 best Dota 2 teams in the world travel to Seattle to battle it out in the five-on-five fantasy battle game.

Newbee qualified for the Grand Final after battling through the winner’s bracket, with kpii arguably being the team’s most important player in the preliminary finals on Saturday morning.

The team — which is based in China — features four Chinese players including Zeng ‘Faith’ Hongda, who could become the first ever player to win two Internationals.

Newbee could also become the first organisation to win two Internationals, having won the fourth edition of the event with a different squad in 2014.

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