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OG need to fill out Dota 2 roster after extending ana’s break past TI10

Published: 25/Jan/2020 19:16

by Scott Robertson


OG’s hard carry Dota 2 player Anathan ‘ana’ Pham is extending his break through the entire season, meaning he’s not planning to come back until after TI10. But will he return to the active roster right before the big tournament again like he did last year? And who will OG pick up and play with in the meantime?

Imagine vacationing for most of the year, then showing up for a handful of big-money tournaments, and winning back-to-back Dota 2 International championships. That’s the life of OG’s ana, who arguably has the sweetest gig in all of esports.

After the team became the first to win back-to-back TIs, as well as being the first to win two ever, the Australian Dota sensation announced he would be taking some time off to vacation. All of OG, in fact, passed on participating in the Chengdu major, along with some other big name teams.

This is old hat for the two-time champs, who passed on the first major of last year’s Dota 2 Pro Circuit, but still ending up winning TI. Like last year, ana is once again taking an extended break, as the team announced he will be coming back next season.

For OG, they will again have to kill the void left by ana, and fill the empty slot at the hard carry position. They tried this last year, with both Per Anders Olsson ‘Pajkatt’ Lille and Igor ‘iLTW’ Filato, but neither player helped the team achieve any good results, and he returned to boost the team’s TI-qualifying run.

As for who will be filling in for him, rumors initially circulated that the benched Evil Geniuses player Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan could be headed to OG, but the team is unlikely to pay a huge buyout for a temporary player, and there are indications that SumaiL may join a Chinese roster.

What appears more likely is Yeik ‘MidOne’ Nai Zheng, formerly of Team Secret, joining the reigning champions, as fellow Malaysian player x1aoyu indicated from a leaked in-game chat.

X1aOyU: MidOne to Join OG, and rOtK Reveals that a Legendary Player is Retiring from DotA2

How well MidOne, or whoever officially joins OG, does at the qualifiers for the ESL Los Angeles major will likely determine whether or not ana actually takes a full year off.

If the team struggles, he may return early again to spark another run at The International, in what would be a repeat of the team’s journey to lifting the Aegis of Champions last year.

OG lifting their second Aegis of Champions

The community jokes that Dota is a “part-time job” to ana, but evidently it pays better and allows for more vacation time than most other jobs.

While he vacations, OG will have to qualify for ESL LA through the open qualifiers, with no DPC points to their name so far this season.


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.