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Cloud9 fans confused by return of “drunk” logo to celebrate Dota 2 roster

Published: 29/Jan/2020 20:44

by Scott Robertson


After a two-year hiatus, Cloud9 is returning to the Dota 2 scene with an international roster that combines established veterans with young talent. They’ve also brought back an old version of their logo, which the community claims looks like their normal one had a bit too much at the tavern.

Say what you will about the Cloud9 organization, they are not giving up when it comes to the Dota 2 scene.

As the first month of 2020 comes to a close, C9 are making a return to Dota 2 for the first time in two and a half years. To celebrate, the team posted on Twitter that “their old logo is back,” and shared the image of the infamous Cloud2 logo with a silver medal.

Several fans commented that it looked like the original C9 logo “had a hard night out” after consuming drinks, with one fan remarking that they felt drunk just by looking at it.


However, long-time fans of the organization’s Dota 2 exploits may need a drink when they see it, as it’s a harrowing reminder of the team’s past shortcomings and an explanation for why they included a silver medal.

The C2 image is actually a joke logo that was created at the tail end of 2014, and was a heartbreaking reminder of the original C9 roster’s numerous second-place finishes. That year, Cloud9 finished just short at DreamLeague Season 1 and 2, DreamHack Bucharest, World Cyber Arena, and the World E-sport Championships.

After this image started circulating throughout the community in late November, they unfortunately finished number two again at The Summit 2. The org made big roster changes at the beginning of 2015, but released the squad later that year.

Cloud9 Dota 2 Monster Invitational
Cloud9 before the grand finals of the 2014 Monster Invitational. The first of many grand finals losses that year.

On January 29 2020, the team announced that Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström would wear the white and sky blue for the third time.

He was a member of the TI7 roster, which comprised of the core of the organization’s previously-mentioned first Dota roster that competed at TI4, which included Jacky ‘EternaLEnVy’ Mao and Kurtis ‘Aui_2000’ Ling.

Joining pieliedie for the 2020 campaign is Andrei ‘skem’ Ong, the returning Rasmus ‘MISERY’ Filipsen, Francis ‘FLee’ Lee, and on loan from EHOME, Cheng ‘vtFaded’ Jia Hao.

C9 are looking to right those previous wrongs, as well as make up for their tough showings at The International over the years, with this new roster combination.

They will begin in the Southeast Asia region, but plan to represent North America at future events.


DOTA 2’s The International 10 achieves world record $40 million prize pool

Published: 10/Oct/2020 0:52

by Bill Cooney


There certainly won’t be any shortage of prize money at DOTA 2’s The International in 2020, with a record-setting amount of over $40 million for the prize pool being accumulated.

The pinnacle of Dota 2 esports is one of the largest celebrations of the popular MOBA, and its record-setting prize pool is a big part of that. Valve usually contributes a baseline of $1.6 million to the pot with the rest coming from player purchases.

25% of all sales for applicable in-game items purchased from the Battle Pass also go into the reward, which has just passed another impressive milestone.

Close to a month after The International 10’s prize pool surpassed that of the 2019 competition’s roughly $33 million mark, it’s now surpassed the ridiculous sum of $40 million.

The International 2020 Prize Pool
Not only is $40 million a record sum for DOTA events, it’s also a record for esports in general.

What’s even more impressive is how quickly fans and players managed to build up to such a staggering dollar amount. In 2019, the then-record breaking sum of $34.3 million was reached in about 110 days before the event began.

The International 10’s prize pool got to that record-breaking number in only 93 days, and reached the $40 million mark roughly a month later just as the Battle Pass ended.

It was clear shortly after the initial launch of the Battle Pass for 2020, that we could very well be in store for another record-breaking year. On the first day of sales, the contribution from battle pass sales reached $6.5 million far above the previous first-day record of $5.8 million.

Biggest Prize Pools in Esports

  1. The International 2020 – $40,000,000+
  2. The International 2019 – $34,330,069
  3. The International 2018 – $25,532,177
  4. The International 2016 – $20,770,460.00
  5. The International 2015 – $18,429,613.05
  6. Fortnite World Cup Finals 2019: Solo – $15,287,500.00

Source: Esports Earnings

Dota 2 Prize Tracker
The TI10 prize pool has absolutely smashed every previous year so far.

As you can tell from the above graph, the $40 million in prize money far exceeds the high point it’s reached in previous years, exponentially higher than even last year’s record-setting spectacle, which was also miles ahead of previous years at basically every step of the way.

Obviously, not being able to physically travel to or watch the premier live event for DOTA 2 esports did little to nothing to dampen fan’s enthusiasm, and as a result, we now officially have a new world record for the largest prize pool at an esports event in history.