Dota 2: OG’s Ceb reveals what it feels like to win back-to-back Internationals - Dexerto

Dota 2: OG’s Ceb reveals what it feels like to win back-to-back Internationals

Published: 3/Sep/2019 23:15 Updated: 4/Sep/2019 12:37

by Andrew Amos


OG secured their second Dota 2 The International title in Shanghai this August, and broke one of the game’s longest-standing curses.

They are the best team in Dota 2 right now. An underdog run in The International 2018 saw the band of misfits reach the pinnacle of Dota 2 when no one expected it, while a dominant run in 2019 left everyone else in their dust.


In a blog post, former coach now player Sébastien “Ceb” Debs broke down what it meant to win in Shanghai for TI9. From the crowd, to the level of teams, everything was turned up a notch for Dota 2’s first International in China, and it made for a very different atmosphere.

The Chinese crowd

ValveThe crowd in Shanghai were getting behind PSG.LGD and Vici Gaming.

With the International heading across the Pacific for the first time, the crowd was no longer behind the Western teams. China were vocal for their favorite teams, and it took Ceb by surprise.


“TI9 was completely different from TI8, that’s for sure,” he said. “The overall level of competition was much higher, just like every year. The fact that it happened in Shanghai…having the crowd cheer against you is a very special experience obviously.” 

With the roar of the Chinese crowd behind teams like PSG.LGD and Vici Gaming, Ceb said it was difficult to adjust to. “During our series vs. LGD, we even got booed while exiting the arena…this was the first time I’ve experienced it, and to be honest, it was quite rough.”

“At the same time, after we won the series, hundreds of Chinese fans were waiting for us backstage to congratulate us and show great sportsmanship.”


Being mentally strong

ValveEverything gets harder when there’s $20 million on the line.

This added to the pressure on OG to win back-to-back and break one of Dota 2’s long-standing curses. International champions need to be strong under pressure, and not crack. That is what made the 2019 win so much better for Ceb, who said that every move OG made was analyzed and scrutinized.

“Being able to rebuild the same fire you had when you went for it the first time, dealing with the public pressure and the expectations everyone around you has for your team. All of these things put together made the task very hard to fulfil,” he said.

All of this pressure is amplified in esports, where the support staff teams have at their disposal is lacking compared to traditional sporting outfits. “I can only assume that in traditional sports, athletes have an entire staff helping them out,” he said, “(but) in Dota and esports, we have to write that book ourselves.”


The emotions of victory

ValveOG defied all odds to break the International curse.

When they won that game four against Team Liquid, every bit of emotion came crashing down, according to Ceb. “This experience is so intense that you barely get time to really understand what is going on,” he said. “You just go with the flow and wake up once it’s all over.”

There is no definitive final quest or challenge to Dota, but Ceb feels like the team had accomplished it. “I’m at a point where I can’t even think of a harder challenge. It almost feels like we’ve finished Dota. I’m sure that feeling is temporary, and it will sooner or later get pushed away by new goals.”


As they try and find that next challenge, the OG team is taking a well-deserved break to soak it all in.

“Words cannot describe how proud I am of my team. We had to overcome so much together, and we grew a ton.”


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.