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Dota 2: Evil Geniuses announce shock departure of legendary players

Published: 16/Sep/2019 14:16 Updated: 16/Sep/2019 14:19

by Connor Bennett


Evil Geniuses have announced a hugely surprising roster move for their Dota 2 team with the benching of Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan and departure of Gustav ‘s4’ Magnusson.

With The International 9 well and truly in the rearview mirror, the competitive Dota 2 community has been left on their edge of their seats waiting for the conclusion of the annual post-TI roster shuffle.

We’ve already seen The International 2019’s cinderella story in INFAMOUS depart their organization, Virtus.Pro shake up their once-dominant roster, as well as Team Liquid’s legendary line-up leaving the North American organization in favor of a new project. Yet, they may have been all blown away by the significance of Evil Geniuses’ roster announcement. 

EpicentreSumaiL will head to EG’s bench in favour of a new Dota 2 line-up.

On September 16, EG announced that they would be benching one of the world’s best midlaners in SumaiL and were also open to transfer talks for the 20-year-old. The organization also confirmed that former OG player Gustav ‘s4’ Magnusson would be leaving the team altogether and be released into free agency.

In their place, the organization announced that  Abed ‘Abed’ Azel L. Yusop would take SumaiL’s roster spot while former Virtus.Pro star Roman ‘RAMZES666’ Kushnare would be replacing s4.

While the team may have needed a shake-up following their 5th-6th placed showing at TI 9, not many fans or pundits would have expected them to take SumaiL out of the active roster.

The 20-year-old, often referred to as King, helped propel the North American organization to The International 5 glory back in 2015. While iconic Dota players like Peter ‘ppd’ Dager and Saahil ‘UNiVeRsE’ Arora have left the team since, SumaiL has always been their cornerstone player. 

Just what the future holds for the Pakistani midlaner remains to be seen, but provided his asking price isn’t too high a number, it’s unlikely that he’ll be on the sidelines for very long. 

However, you can follow all the latest moves from the annual post-International roster shuffle with our dedicated and up-to-date live tracker. 

Evil Geniuses’ new Dota 2 roster will consist of:

  • Artour ‘Arteezy’ Babaev
  • Abed ‘Abed’ Azel L. Yusop
  • Roman ‘RAMZES666’ Kushnarev 
  • Andreas ‘Cr1t-‘ Nielsen
  • Tal ‘Fly’ Aizik

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.