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Dota 2: The International 2019 prize pool surpasses $25m in record-breaking pace

Published: 30/Jun/2019 15:31

by Connor Bennett

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The prize pool for DOTA 2’s annual The International tournament has surpassed the $25 million mark with 46 days still to go until the main event gets underway.

Previously known as The International Compendium, the DOTA 2 battle pass has provided the perfect platform for fans to get behind their favorite game and support the expansive competitive scene.

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In recent years, prize pools have soared above other esports titles as fans are given new skins, items, and even chances to play new games by attaining certain levels within the battle pass. Now though, the support for the 2019 installment of The International has jumped right above any of its predecessors. 

Valve CorporationThe International is the showpiece event in the DOTA 2 calendar.

On June 30, the prize pool for The International 9 broke the $25 million mark, with less than half a million to go before eclipsing last year’s total – which also broke the previously held record for the biggest payout ever.  

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To put its incredible backing into context, The International 8 took 104 days to raise $25 million – where the prize pool rose to its final total after a few more days – compared to TI 9’s super-fast 53 days. 

Yet, it’s growth hasn’t been spawned from a crazy influx of new content that has prompted players to dig into their wallets. The TI9 battle pass got off to a hot start, breaking the record for the most prize money raised on release day. 

Despite already breaking the prize pool record from previous International’s, fans are still waiting for Valve to release new plenty of new content which could propel the total above the $30 million set for the Fortnite World Cup.

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One of the most anticipated releases, the annual Immortal Treasure II cosmetic pack, has also yet to drop. Speculation suggests that it may become available at the start of July but that is unconfirmed. 

Players are also expecting the imminent release of the Wrath of Moro’Kai custom game mode that should allow them to rack up additional battle points. The mode will only be available to battle pass owners so those players who are holding out for its release may soon have to shell out.

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Dota 2 player Flow passes away after cancer battle

Published: 30/Sep/2020 16:45

by Jacob Hale

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Russian Dota 2 player Alexander ‘Flow’ Sazonov has sadly passed away after losing his two-year battle with cancer.

Flow, who was considered to be a standout performer by fans of the Dota 2 amateur ranks, was an offlane player that, throughout his career, represented organizations such as Vega Squadron and Double Dimension.

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In 2018, while representing Double Dimension, he took a hiatus from competitive play following his cancer diagnosis at the age of 23. Despite a period of health improvements, Flow passed away on Wednesday, September 30, two and a half years after his initial diagnosis.

Flow’s passing was confirmed by organization B8 esports, who posted to Twitter to offer their condolences to his family and friends.

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According to Flow’s VK fan page, he had been feeling healthy until early August when, after undergoing some tests, he learned that the cancer had come back aggressively, and he proceeded to undergo chemotherapy, then developed stomatitis throughout his course.

Based on the experiences he shared on VK, it appears as though his health deteriorated throughout the chemotherapy course and, despite feeling better at times, he unfortunately passed on September 30.

In the announcement on VK, his passing was confirmed, and his resilience shared with his fans. “Sasha left us this morning. He did not give up and until the very end believed that he could defeat the disease.”

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Flow passed away on September 30.

The Dota 2 community has paid tribute to Flow, and compassion for his family’s loss, most notably from the CIS community who have lost one of their own.

Flow’s passing is a sad reminder of how short life can be, and we offer our sincerest condolences to Flow’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time.