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Dota2 host SirActionSlacks forced to sub in for NaVi at tournament

Published: 28/Sep/2019 17:55 Updated: 28/Sep/2019 18:15

by Scott Robertson


Just minutes before the semifinals of the European portion of’s Midas Mode 2 competition, the Dota 2 International informed the tournament organizer Moonduck that they required a stand-in. Their demand for who must fill in as replacement was not expected.

While Midas Mode 2 is far from a serious tournament, old school Na’Vi has still decided on the best option available, despite how unconventional it is.

When Na’Vi experienced “scheduling conflicts” before their semifinals match with Sir Sadim’s Stunners, SirActionSlacks was forced to deliver the news to the broadcast team, as well as relay the TI1 champions’ demands.

TI1 Na’Vi demanded a large amount of Moonbucks for both squads, which is the out-of-game currency used by teams in the tournament needed to draft champions, select sides, and pause. 

They also said they would not play unless Slacks himself stood in and played the Techies character for the entire series.

“So with my hands completely tied five minutes before the semifinals start,” Slacks relented to his analyst comrades, “I must abide by these hostage demands.”

With that, the beloved community figured departed the on-stage catch for one of the computers in the back, to prepare in solitude for the task before him. But Slacks is well-versed in Techies and proved he’d be no fifth wheel early.

This sort of silliness has been a critical part of the Midas Mode 2 experience. From sock puppets to absurd community created contributions to a ludicrous opening ceremony featuring Gabe Newell of all people, and Midas Mode’s insistence on not taking themselves too seriously is all part of their charm.

This tournament that is beloved by the community almost didn’t happen, as the Midas Mode 2 dates previously lined up with those of the qualifiers for the first minor and major of this year’s Dota Pro Circuit. 

Thankfully, Valve remedied the problem by changing the qualifier dates, allowing Midas Mode 2 to carry on without any problems (except for the old Na’Vi scheduling conflict, of course).

The winner of the Sir Sadim’s Stunners and TI1 Na’Vi series will face TI3 Alliance in the European grand final. The Asian group is scheduled to begin on September 30, and will feature prominent teams such as Fnatic, Vici Gaming, and EHOME.


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.