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Dota Underlords “Big Update” – new alliances, characters and more

Published: 19/Oct/2019 21:10 Updated: 19/Oct/2019 22:43

by Scott Robertson


Valve’s auto-battler Dota Underlords is gearing up for its official release from Beta, and the developers are releasing daily updates showcasing the newest additions.

Dota Underlords is growing up right before our eyes. After a few months in beta, the Underlords team is planning for a full release very soon, and are celebrating that with a big update that they have creatively titled “The Big Update.”

Starting on October 18, the development team is releasing daily updates with details of The Big Update. To be clear, the Underlords beta does not end with the patch, but the team said that it “marks the beginning of the end of the Underlords Beta.”

With that, they have already announced several new alliances and characters. For those unfamiliar, alliances are groups of units who have a matching trait, and provide a bonus when played together. Certain bonuses require specific amounts of characters from a single alliance.

On day one, they revealed the Healer alliance, who amplifies healing when grouped together. Joining that group and the Troll alliance is Dazzle, a tier-two unit that sends out a Shadow Wave that heals allies and hurts enemies.

ValveThe new Healer alliance, with new hero Dazzle front and center

The Insects alliance was also revealed, with units that cause spiderlings to swarm in from the board edges, and can bite enemies to cause them to miss attacks. The additions of Weaver, Nyx Assassin, and Broodmother all bolster the new Insect alliance.

On day two, they revealed the lone Champion, Legion Commander. Champions receive all alliance bonuses, and Legion Commander (also a Human) can earn a bonus by targeting and defeating the lowest health enemy on the board.

Brutes were also debuted on day two, who can deal additional damage and apply a damage rebuff. Joining the Brutes alliance are new additions Lifestealer (heals while attacking) and Magnus (can empower an ally’s damage and grant them the Cleave ability).

Released on June 20 this past summer, Underlords was the latest in a trio of autobattlers games inspired by the Autochess mod in Dota 2. The developers of that mod went on to form their own standalone game called Autochess, Riot jumped in with Teamfight Tactics, and Valve went ahead with Dota Underlords.


Dota Underlords is also available on mobile devices, and features crossplay and the ability to start a game on PC and switch over your phone mid-game, as well as vice-versa.

With the new additional alliances and heroes, Valve is putting plenty of heroes on the board that is Dota Underlords, and it’ll be interesting to see what else the team has planned for The Big Update.


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.