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Liquid Dota 2 team falls on stage celebrating impossible comeback win

Published: 22/Jan/2020 16:22

by Scott Robertson


With their tournament lives at stake, Team Liquid’s Dota 2 roster survived an impossible onslaught vs Virtus.Pro at the DreamLeague Season 13 major, and just about nearly broke the set celebrating.

Team Liquid may not have Amer ‘Miracle-” Al-Barkawi on their roster anymore, after he and the Dota 2 International 2017 championship roster left to form Nigma at the end of 2019, but the new Liquid roster aren’t short on making their own miracles.

The former Alliance roster needed that miracle in their first-round lower bracket match against Virtus.Pro. With just one game deciding the series, both teams needed one win to stay alive, and despite maintaining control for most of the match, Liquid found themselves in dire straits after 71 minutes.

VP were pushing down onto the Liquid base with all five of its members, and with only two Liquid players alive in Samuel ‘Boxi’ Svahn and Tommy ‘Taiga’ Le. Taiga had just bought back, and was able to take down one VP player in Roman ‘Resolut1on’ Fominok, but hope still looked lost.

Then, suddenly, the unthinkable happened.

Vitalie ‘Save-’ Melnic strayed too far from his teammates, allowing Taiga to pick off another Virtus.Pro player. After losing two, VP focused their attention on the Liquid fountain, but Taiga was still focused on pulling off the comeback.

He dropped two more players before Boxi cleaned up the last, erasing the enemy team with less than 10% of their base’s health left, leaving the casters bewildered.

With no buybacks available for the Virtus.Pro side, and Liquid players respawning and flying over to their fountain, they called “gg wp,” securing the win for the Liquid side, and prompting an ecstatic celebration from the victors that caused them to topple over, crashing into chairs as they went down.

Another caster, Austin ‘Capitalist’ Walsh captured an extended look at the celebration and shared it on Twitter.

Thankfully no one was hurt as the Liquid team piled on top of the clutch Taiga, but sadly, the egos and confidence of Virtus.Pro must be hurting.

VP were considered favorites at TI9 back in August, but crashed and burned again on The International stage. They re-tooled after that tournament, but went a disappointing 0-5 at DreamLeague Leipzig, and finished in last place.

The disappointment heard on the CIS casters’ call of the final play requires no translation.

With the victory, Liquid awaits the winner of Na’Vi and the roster’s former club in Alliance. DreamLeague Season 13 is the first major of the 2020 Dota Pro Circuit, and features a prize pool of $1 million and 15,000 DPC points.


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.