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Emotional OG player N0TAIL dedicates TI9 Grand Finals to recently passed pet

Published: 25/Aug/2019 0:27 Updated: 6/Apr/2020 13:09

by Bill Cooney


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During an interview on Saturday, August 24, N0tail revealed just how much it meant for him to be back in the Finals and why this year has been especially emotional for him.


This one’s for you boy

During the interview, N0tail admitted he still had a hard time comprehending that his team would be in the Grand Finals for the second year in a row.

“It’s fucking wild, it’s crazy, it’s still sinking in very much,” the OG captain admitted. “Before this tournament, things were a bit dark – my dog had died, it was really rough for a couple of weeks, my self-esteem was pretty low, and now we’re here.”

Red BullN0tail got choked up after talking about his recently departed dog.

“You know honestly, I dedicate this tournament to him,” N0tail said. “But really, thank you Sebastian (Ceb), and of course everyone else. Just feeling so fucking lucky – so fucking good.”

After an emotional depth-charge like that, it’s going to be hard not to root for N0tail and the OG squad to win their second Grand Finals in a row this year for his friend.

We also wouldn’t want to be the opposing team, because N0tail seems ready to go full John Wick-mode on whoever makes it to the Grand Finals match.


Who could OG face in the Finals?

OG will go up against either Team Liquid or PSG.LGD, depending on who wins the Loser’s Bracket Finals.

Team Liquid struggled through the Group Stage, where they fell 0-2 to PSG, and will definitely be looking for redemption on Sunday.

PSG have proven themselves the best Chinese team in the tournament, and are looking to make a Finals run with the home crowd solidly behind them.

ValveAugust 25 should be a great day for some top-level Dota 2.

Sunday is shaping up to be a wild day of Dota and one where we could potentially see OG make history as the first back to back International champions in history.


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.