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Dota 2 pro canceL experiences insane new cheat live on stream

Published: 5/Sep/2019 20:32 Updated: 5/Sep/2019 21:06

by Scott Robertson


Dota 2 pro player and Twitch streamer Mihai “canceL” Antonio was streaming his ranked play, when he came back to his computer at the start of a game and witnessed a truly remarkable cheat in effect.

When you’re playing Dota 2, or any game for that matter, for an extended amount of time, sometimes it just takes something truly absurd to make you bust a gut laughing.

That happened to pro player canceL while he was streaming on September 5th. canceL had just queued for a ranked match, and unbeknownst to him, something fishy was in the works.

During the pick and ban phase, canceL wasn’t paying attention as the in-game chat was filled with connect and disconnect message for a Russian website that offers Dota 2 cheats. It is strongly recommended you don’t visit this website.

But canceL did notice the feed right before the match started, where it listed numerous profiles with the website as the username making random hero selections.

When the game loaded in, we saw what the cheater had wrought:

By estimation, there are about 13 additional heroes on the Radiant side, and since the fake accounts that created all of them had disconnected, canceL had free reign to just throw them down the midlane. He would have quit, but he would have lost MMR.

Another Twitch streamer, ikab, had the same thing happen to him, with someone using the exact same hack on the enemy team. 

But like canceL, it had the same result: with all those additional level one heroes not being properly controlled, the other team can just feast on them and get leveled up quicker. The team without the additional bots just ends up stomping the team with the cheater.

And in both scenarios, the cheaters just resulted to DDOS-ing the game when they started losing. In canceL’s game specifically, they DDOS-ed after he repeatedly egged them on.

canceL took the antics in stride though, laughing through the entirety of the ordeal. After the game, canceL viewed the Steam profile of the assumed cheater, and showed his stream the player’s multiple bans and profile comments calling them a cheater. 

Like a true community member, canceL reported the player. And to top it off, it appeared like the game didn’t show up on his recent games list, meaning it hopefully doesn’t affect his MMR.

Then, like most players, it was right back to business as usual, queuing for another game of Dota.


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.