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Dota 2 analyst Nahaz explains why haters can ‘shut up forever’ after Infamous’ TI9 run

Published: 23/Aug/2019 11:26 Updated: 5/May/2020 16:22

by Connor Bennett


Dota 2 analyst Alan ‘Nahaz’ Bester has stated that haters of South American teams can “shut up forever,” after Infamous’ stellar run at The International 9.

The showpiece event of the Dota 2 competitive calendar – The International – is quickly approaching a conclusion as the field has been thinned to contain the pre-event favorites after impressive showings from other qualifiers.

One of the final fairy tale runs was being made by the majority-Peruvian team Infamous, who found themselves fighting through a stacked lower bracket. They were, unfortunately, sent packing but found plenty of praise for representing their long-memed region with performances that haven’t been seen before.

ValveInfamous caught the eye of everyone with their impressive International run.

While analyzing the conclusion of the lower bracket match-up between Team Secret and Infamous, Nahaz took a few moments to address anyone who still has anything bad to say about South American Dota.

“I’m going to apologize in advance, everybody that’s talking about how SA doesn’t deserve at these tournaments, questioning the talent level in that region, saying why do we have guaranteed SA slots at majors – you can all now shut up forever,” Nahaz stated. “This team was amazing at this event. I’m sorry, you’re done – SA haters, you’re done.”

Nahaz wasn’t the only one with that message, however, as fellow analyst Kyle ‘melonzz’ Freedman agreed that the hate was “tiresome,” and that pros who are against automatic South American qualifiers are wrong.

“It’s b.s,” he said. “These guys – they had composure, they had heart. They get beaten by the tournament favorites, sure, but they gotta be proud.”

While Infamous may have caught the eye with their TI9 run, it remains to be seen if any South American team can match them moving forward – and if the annual post-TI shuffle will be kind to their current line-up.

The debate and memes about SA Dota may continue moving forward, especially if this run ends up being a flash in the pan, but for now, players and fans can hold their heads high.


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
Bart Oerbekke/ESL
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.