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Dota 2’s newest hero Snapfire announced at TI9 – Video and rumored abilities

Published: 23/Aug/2019 14:40 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:11

by Kamil Malinowski

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Valve have announced the newest Dota 2 hero, Snapfire, through a short video at the game’s biggest event of the year, The International 2019.

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The International is the biggest Dota 2 event of the year and widely regarded as one of the biggest events in esports.

In what is now an annual tradition, Valve have announced a new Dota 2 hero at the event, Snapfire, and while details about her still aren’t clear, there is a lot of speculation going around the community based on the reveal video.

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ValveSnapfire seems to be cooking up something new for Dota 2.

Snapfire was revealed through a short cinematic where she is seen baking cookies, before engaging in combat with Timbersaw and Batrider as they attempt to steal a basket of her freshly baked goods.

She appears to be an elderly Keen Folk who is related to Timbersaw, meaning her characteristics are likely to focus around experimentation and engineering, similarly to other Keen like Timbersaw and Tinker.

The newest addition to Dota 2’s roster is likely to be a support, as one of her abilities shows her throwing a cookie to Invoker, who instantly eats it and looks to speed up with renewed strength.

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Her other abilities seem to include summoning a very friendly looking lizard that can spit fire and burn the enemy hit over time.

She is also able to ride the lizard and keep up with a rapidly escaping Batrider, possibly hinting at a speed increase, as well as fire a giant machine gun which is mounted on the reptile.

ValveDota 2’s Snapfire seems to have an old west theme.

Finally, Snapfire is armed with a handy shotgun that she uses to blast Timbersaw and knock him back, which could be one of her abilities, or her auto-attack.

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Valve have not yet confirmed any of Snapfire’s skills, stats, or a definite release date, however, she is scheduled to be released in Fall 2019, which starts on September 23, so the newest hero may not be very far away.

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DOTA 2’s The International 10 achieves world record $40 million prize pool

Published: 10/Oct/2020 0:52

by Bill Cooney

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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.

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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.

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The International 2020 Prize Pool
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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.

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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.

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