Dota 2 caster has unfortunate slip-up with team name at DreamLeague S13 - Dexerto

Dota 2 caster has unfortunate slip-up with team name at DreamLeague S13

Published: 22/Jan/2020 6:38

by Andrew Amos


The inevitable has happened — Dota 2 caster Austin ‘Capitalist’ Walsh had a massive slip-up with Team Nigma’s name at the DreamLeague Season 13 Major, instead saying the n-word live on broadcast.

When Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi announced that the former Team Liquid roster would be playing under their own Team Nigma banner, there was cause for concern about the team’s name.

Its startling resemblance to the n-word led to a variety of memes being spawned, and high stakes for the casters to not slip-up.

Team Nigma playing Dota 2 at WePlay! Bukovel Minor
Team Nigma has seen some success under their new banner, taking out the WePlay! Bukovel Minor.

While there’s been a few close calls, at the DreamLeague Season 13 Major, a big one was unfortunately slipped by Capitalist as he was looking over the bracket.

“Evil Geniuses looking a little weak in the groups, and so was Vici Gaming, but both of them managed to triumph in this upper bracket,” he said. “Moving forward, with EG taking down Team [Nigma], it’s like a huge win.”

The caster immediately corrected himself after the slip-up, but it did bring out a nervous cough from his co-caster on the desk out of shot. It also wasn’t done with any malice, but that didn’t stop the community from embracing the memes.

Twitch chat exploded into a flurry of TriHard and KEKW emotes as the obvious mistake didn’t get past the community’s ears.

It also hit the front page of /r/livestreamfail on Reddit, with many pundits saying it was only a matter of time. “The inevitable finally happened,” mentioned user ‘Omniwar,’ while others have joked it’s all just a conspiracy from Kuroky to try and get casters tongue-tied.

“With Kuro’s team name, this slip up was bound to happen at some point,” said ‘RoyalStraightFlush’. “I’m inclined to believe this is some sick trolly game by Kuroky.”

Team Nigma lost earlier in the day to Evil Geniuses in a tight 2-1 set, being knocked down to the lower bracket of the major to face off against Peruvian team Beastcoast. If they make it through the South American squad, they’ll face off against the winner of Invictus Gaming and Aster.

It’s unlikely Capitalist will be reprimanded for the unintended misspeak, but he will definitely be watching himself to make sure it doesn’t happen again.


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.