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Dendi reveals how new Dota 2 team B8 almost missed ESL One LA qualifiers

Published: 7/Feb/2020 7:26

by Andrew Amos


Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin is ready to make it onto the big stage of Dota 2 once again, The International, with his new team B8, but they almost didn’t make it off the ground for the ESL One Los Angeles Major qualifiers.

Dendi announced his new team on January 27, B8, as the Dota 2 veteran was ready to make his full return back into the game’s competitive scene ahead of The International 10.

However, things almost hit a roadblock at the first corner, with B8 almost missing out on a spot in the ESL One Los Angeles qualifiers, and a chance of getting a spot at the major later in May.

Speaking from the team’s boot camp in a video uploaded to B8’s YouTube, Dendi revealed the full line-up of the CIS-based team, as well as some behind the scenes footage of their training.

B8 had secured the services of former Na’Vi support Nikola ‘LeBron’ Popovic, Team Empire’s Rinat ‘KingR’ Abdullin, and Team Spirit’s Andrey ‘Ghostik’ Kadyk. However, their fifth, Zaur ‘Cooman’ Shakhmurzaev, hadn’t locked anything in before the qualifiers.

“We wanted to sign contracts in the first few days [of the boot camp],” Dendi explained. “After talking to the players we introduced some corrections, things that some people disliked, or wanted to get fixed or removed.

“We started talking with Cooman about the contract, and surprisingly for me, he decided not to sign it for a number of reasons. We immediately tried to solve these issues on our end, and also asked Cooman to solve them on his end.”

For mobile readers, the related segment starts at 2:15. Turn on English subtitles for a translation.

Things were looking up though. As the qualifiers approached, and the boot camp went along, Cooman was almost gearing up to sign for the one-time International champion’s new team. That was until Virtus.Pro came along.

“We had a little conflict of interest, and it seemed like we reached a compromise,” he said. “Then at one point, in the evening, Cooman came up to me and told me Virtus.Pro invited him to the team.

“This was a shock for me, because we were already at the boot camp, there were good results already during the scrims. I would even say very good, and the atmosphere was great for work and nothing foreshadowed this.”

Cooman playing for Winstrike at StarLadder
Cooman defected from B8 to Virtus.Pro just days before the ESL One Los Angeles qualifiers.

This forced B8 to go hunting for a new Position 1 player just days out from the qualifiers on February 7, putting Dendi in one of his toughest predicaments to date.

“The situation was very difficult for us. It could have led to us not playing at the qualifiers at all. The guys were all at a loss, and for me, to be honest, that was the first time I had a situation like that in my entire playing career. It was unpleasant.

“We spent the whole day looking for a player. We searched for a player on leaderboards, and wherever we could, and asked around who is available. We had gone through many different options, some people told us that they were already in a stack, others said that they weren’t ready to play.”

pio65 playing for B8B8 managed to find a replacement in pio65 in a nick of time.

Thankfully for Dendi, they found Belarusian rookie Alexandr ‘pio65’ Zalivako ready and waiting to jump into the vacant spot.

“[LeBron] found pio65, told us that he was available, contacted him and thank God he responded immediately and was ready to come the following day. Pio was already with us at the boot camp the next morning, and now we have a couple of days to prepare.”

With their roster fully assembled for the qualifiers, Dendi is now prepping to make his resurgence back into Dota 2’s top-flight a triumphant one.

“The guys are all excited, we are all fired up, so please cheer for us. It will not be easy, but when was it ever easy?”

The current B8 lineup is as follows:

  • Position 1: Alexandr ‘pio65’ Zalivako
  • Position 2: Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin
  • Position 3: Andrey ‘Ghostik’ Kadyk
  • Position 4: Rinat ‘KingR’ Abdullin
  • Position 5: Nikola ‘LeBron’ Popovic

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.