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Dota Underlords The Big Update patch notes: New Underlords & game modes

Published: 24/Oct/2019 12:40 Updated: 24/Oct/2019 18:08

by Kamil Malinowski


Valve have announced a huge update to Dota Underlords, finally adding the mysterious Underlords to the game, a reasource called hype, and much more.

Dota Underlords is Valve’s version of the popular auto-battler Dota Autochess. The game was released in June 2019 and has seen a steady stream of updates and improvements, and on October 24 Valve announced the biggest changes yet.

In the new update, the Underlords will finally be stepping into the game, as well as new heroes, alliances, game modes, among other things. Fans have been ever curious about these mysterious characters and they have finally been revealed. 

ValveHobgen was the first Underlord to be revealed.

What are the Underlords?

The Underlords are primary units that players can place on the board, allowing them to use certain abilities and empower their units with talents.

These new characters can use abilities through a resource called ‘Hype’, which varies depending on the Underlord, and each have over 20 different talents to choose from, giving players a variety of options.

So far two Underlords have been revealed, Hobgen and Anessix, the two feature vastly different play styles and abilities, with the former being focused on fire while the latter is centered around demons. 

ValveAnessix is one of two Underlords coming in the Big Update.

What are the duos and freestyle modes? 

Duos and freestyle are two new modes coming to the game with the big update. Duos mode allows players to team up with a friend and play all-new duos only matches, allowing teams to send gold and heroes to each other. 

Meanwhile, freestyle mode is one for creativity, meaning players can set up any board situation and see how it plays out. This is a feature that has long been requested by the community and will undoubtedly put a smile on a lot of fans’ faces.  

ValveMany new alliances have been added with the latest update.

New heroes, alliances, and a jail have been added

New heroes and alliances have been added, with Insects, Healers, Brute, and Champion alliances being introduced, while 12 unique new heroes enter the fray, including some fan favorites like Faceless Void, Io, and Broodmother. 

With so many new heroes being added, a brand new mechanic called the jail has been brought in. Every day 8 to 12 heroes will be detained and unable to be used, freshening up the game regularly. 

With the game having arguably died down after its initial hype, this update may be just what it needs to get back into the spotlight.


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.