Fast internet connection? Check.

A big TV screen? Check.

Snacks and drinks? Check.

You’ve gone through your The International 2021 (TI10) list already, now all that’s left is for the actual show to start.

Before we get down to all the TI10 action, let us relive all the best moments and highlights from previous Dota 2 tournaments. From Danil “Dendi” Ishutin’s iconic Pudge fountain hook to Sébastien “Ceb” Debs’ “call of his lifetime,” here are the best Dota 2 documentaries to watch while you’re waiting for TI10 to start.


The 3 best Dota 2 documentaries to watch before TI10 starts

3. Reminisce the first TI (2011) with “Free to Play”

Dota 2 The International 2011's winning team, Natus Vincere featuring Puppey, Dendi, and, XBOCT in one of the first Dota 2 documentaries, "free to Play".
Credit: Valve

Year released: 2014
Running time: 1h 15m
Available on: Netflix, Valve YouTube channel

It all started in Cologne, Germany, with the forerunners of Dota 2 esports.

Valve’s documentary “Free to Play” showcases the story of the very first The International tournament back in 2011, following the journey of Dota 2 legends Benedict “hyhy” Lim, Clinton “Fear” Loomis, and Dendi.

The documentary also dives into the early days of esports, way before Dota 2 became a multi-million dollar tourney.

If you’re looking for a time machine that would bring you back to the good ‘ol days of Dota 2 esports, “Free to Play” is it.


2. Fans always look forward to the annual release of the “True Sight” Dota 2 documentaries

OG Esports' TI9 roster after winning the Dota 2 tournament for a second time.
Credit: Valve Corporation

Years released: 2016 — 2019
Available on: Valve YouTube channel

When it comes to Dota 2 documentaries, nothing comes close to the “True Sight” series‘ popularity.

“True Sight” is a documentary series produced by Valve. It takes in all the narratives of participating teams and players in Dota 2 tournaments.

“True Sight” ultimately weaves beautiful storylines for all Dota 2 fans to watch — the team’s hardships, some bananas, a stack of papers — you name it, it’s all here.

“True Sight” Dota 2 documentaries

There are a total of four “True Sight” Dota 2 documentaries that are available to the public so far. Here are all the series’ episodes:

YEAR RELEASEDDOTA 2 DOCUMENTARIESTEAMS FEATURED
2017True Sight: The Kiev Major Grand FinalsOG Esports, Virtus.pro
2017 True Sight: The International 2017Newbee, Team Liquid
2018True Sight: The International 2018OG Esports, PSG.LGD
2019True Sight: The International 2019OG Esports, Team Liquid

OG Esports’ Johan “N0tail” Sundstein and Ceb are the real stars of the show, appearing in three episodes of the documentary series.

Will we see OG Esports in the fifth episode of True Sight?

Additionally, if you are a member of the #DreamOG squad, you can watch OG Esports’ very own “Against All Odds” documentary starring the team’s miraculous player roster N0tail, Ceb, Topias Miikka “Topson” Taavitsainen, Anathan “ana” Pham, and Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka.



1. “Heroes of the Game” takes you back to the first Dota 2 Major since COVID-19 struck

ONE Esports' "Heroes of the Game" documentary takes you back to the Singapore Major.

Year released: 2021
Available on: ONE Esports YouTube channel

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly took a toll on several markets and institutions, and the esports industry is no exception.

Take a peek at the state of esports amidst an ongoing pandemic with “Heroes of the Game”. The two-part documentary brings fans back to the ONE Esports Singapore Major, which was held earlier this year.

The “Heroes of the Game” Dota 2 documentary is the perfect picture to watch before TI10 starts. It recaps how the Dota 2 esports scene started the year after going into a long hiatus.

From the story of OB.Neon’s last-minute savior Yang “Deth” Wu Heng down to the tale behind Invictus Gaming Zhou “Emo” Yi’s epic question mark, “Heroes of the Game” will keep you on the edge of your seats.

Hungry for more Invictus Gaming action? Watch the team in the Heroes of the Game documentary

READ MORE: Noxville’s official TI10 Teams Tier List