Venue is pretty sick. They're using Seattle's Benaroya opera hall as the site. Place can seat roughly 2500. Valve is setting up shop outside of the main auditorium; teams have really well-made banners and there'll be a Secret Shop selling all sorts of items. There are shirts, inflatable toys (not as weird as it seems), and plushie couriers.
In the actual auditorium, teams have boxes to sit in. Being an opera hall, the whole thing looks majestic. Valve is backstage with a million computers. There are people photoshopping things, tinkering with multiple streams at once, and watching dubstep cats on Youtube. And as if that weren't enough, there's a gigantic trailer outside with a million screens.
Tomorrow the games will begin, and the venue will be filled up. Spectators will be happy, as Valve is giving everybody with a pass a cool grab bag; inside are trading cards, a code for a courier skin, a Nalgene bottle, and a (surprisingly) well-made Dota2 quilt.
Grabbed a few interviews with Luminous/LD, Ayesee, Draskyl, and SingSing/1437. Will nab people tomorrow. Need to work on Chinese DotA terms.
Not much else to say on this. Looking forward to tomorrow.