Dota 2 legend Dendi hilariously steals All-star trophy from TI9 Chinese commentary team - Dexerto

Dota 2 legend Dendi hilariously steals All-star trophy from TI9 Chinese commentary team

Published: 23/Aug/2019 19:34 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:11

by Scott Robertson


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Former champion and beloved fan-favorite player Danil ‘Dendi’ Ishutin left his own mark on this year’s Dota 2 International with a daring heist in the middle of the broadcast.

The International doesn’t just deliver the best quality Dota 2 gameplay, it delivers the best quality comedy and meme potential in perhaps all of esports.

Already this year’s iteration of the tournament has delivered in spades, with the hilarious “American” Evil Geniuses skit, the antics of Kaci Aitchison and Jake ‘SirActionSlacks’ Kanner in the Shanghai crowd, Austin “Capitalist” Walsh drenching himself with his own water bottle during a hype moment, and much more.

Even as the competition ramped up and new heroes were being announced, the fun and games didn’t stop. Following the surprisingly short All-Star game, Johan ‘pieliedie’ Åström took a bite of the MVP trophy, a big wedge of cheese.

Following the match, the cheese made its way over to the Chinese commentary team, who were taking bites out of it to the delight of the home crowd. Little did they know that a plan was being concocted over on the English desk, and before they knew it, the heist was on:

Dendi appeared out of nowhere to snag to the cheese, with a delirious Shanghai crowd cheering him on. Dairy product in hand, he weaved his way through the production setup like he was back in the jungle, and made his way back to an ecstatic English commentary desk, who led a chant of “Dendi, Dendi” to a thunderous ovation.

The English commentary split the spoils of their misdeeds evenly, with each member taking a bite of the trophy as the crowd in the arena continued to cheer.

Dendi is currently wanted for grand theft dairy. If you are in Mercedes-Benz Arena and you spot a beloved Ukrainian Dota player trying to hide a cheese wedge, please contact security immediately.


ESL and DreamHack get dedicated TV coverage in SPORT1 deal

Published: 28/Oct/2020 9:51 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 10:43

by Adam Fitch


ESL Gaming have expanded their partnership with German television channel SPORT1 to broadcast Dota 2, StarCraft II, and other titles.

Starting on November 3rd, both ESL and DreamHack will have some of their tournaments broadcast on eSportsONE, a new esports-focused linear TV channel, through the renewed deal.

SPORT1 will serve as the exclusive TV partner of ESL’s Dota 2 tournaments, effectively making the channel one of the main broadcasters for some of the organizer’s flagship events like ESL One Birmingham, ESL One Hamburg, and ESL One Los Angeles.

eSportsONE will also broadcast the ESL Pro Tour for both StarCraft II and WarCraft III in Germany, as well as events for NBA 2K and Rocket League.

ESL One Hamburg SPORT1
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ESL One Hamburg is a fan favorite Dota 2 event.

An emphasis is also to be placed on “exclusive, original produced analysis” that will account for over 1,000 hours of TV per year alongside events.

Media rights deals are common in traditional sports, with the highest percentage of revenue for many sports actually coming through transactions with television channels. Esports are not on that same level yet but this type of partnership has become more prominent and expected in the past couple of years.

“Having seen the success of eSPORTS1 in German-speaking countries, we are excited to join forces with long-term partner SPORT1 for the rollout of the linear channel eSportsONE across Europe,” said Frank Uddo, ESL’s SVP of global media. “ESL aims to serve the esports community all across Europe, and eSportsONE’s comprehensive and versatile portfolio makes it a great option to view premium esports content.”

With events moving online in the first quarter of 2020, and there being no end in sight at the time of writing, eSportsONE will have a lot of content to choose from.

ESL One Dota 2 tournaments have typically been split up into regions, with China, Europe & CIS, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia all having their own competitions and winners. ESL One Germany is currently ongoing but will end before this new deal comes into effect.