Ceb finally 'solves' Dota 2 vs League of Legends debate - Dexerto

Ceb finally ‘solves’ Dota 2 vs League of Legends debate

Published: 27/Dec/2019 13:42

by Kamil Malinowski


Dota 2 star Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs weighed in on the never-ending Dota vs League of Legends debate by offering up an “ultimate conclusion.” 

Dota 2 and League of Legends players have always been at odds as the two games battle for the title of best MOBA. The debate was heated up as LoL pro Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng claimed that there’s no chance Dota is harder than League.


Back-to-back TI champion and OG star Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein hit back at his claim shortly after, sparking even more debate as he dubbed League of Legends as boring and un-interactive.

OneEsportsN0tail was not impressed with Doublelift’s statement and Ceb backed him up.

N0tail then offered a solution – he and teammate Ceb would discuss both games in detail with two iconic LoL pros. So far, nothing seems to have come of this, but, it is the Christmas period after all, so perhaps we will have to wait for more news.


In the meantime, however, Ceb took it upon himself to deliver his own “ultimate conclusion” to his fans, where he claims to “solve” the debate once and for all.

“Everybody is talking about whether Dota or LoL is better… you’ll never have an answer to this, but I’m here to solve this for you,” began the Frenchman, before continuing with a unique comparison.

“Let’s say Dota is like a 26-inch tricycle… subtle and flexible, you know, built with passion. You’re driving a piece of art. Meanwhile, League of Legends is a good game, but it’s more like, 1996 GT 4 bike with oval CLX 42 side wheels, carbon structure, V26 per 95 – I mean – I don’t even know what the f**k I’m saying.”


He took a brief pause before getting back to the topic at hand. “So the bike beats the tricycle in a 6-meter race, which nobody gives a f**k about. There is people for both. Some prefer the safety and comfort [of the bike] but I prefer the complexity of the tricycle. You keep that scrappy ass [bike] for yourself.”

Ceb’s answer is a simple one, some people like Dota, and others like LoL. There doesn’t need to be a comparison, because both are good at what they do, and unique in their own ways.

EpicenterCeb had a lot to say about the LoL vs Dota debate.

The Frenchman’s response is most likely the correct one as well. It’s always good to have competition, but one game doesn’t have to be better than the other.


Both Dota 2 and League thrive in their own environments as The International and World Championships continue to be huge successes and there’s no doubt 2020 will be an amazing year for both games. 


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.