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OG start rebuild for TI10 by signing former EG prodigy SumaiL

Published: 28/Jan/2020 23:11

by Dustin Steiner


Syed Sumail ‘SumaiL’ Hassan, the youngest International champion in history, has a brand new home in OG, who themselves are looking to make a run at threepeat International championships this year. 

SumaiL, perhaps the greatest prodigy the game of Dota has ever known, joined up with OG to round out their roster after the departure of Sébastien ‘Ceb’ Debs and Anathan ‘ana’ Pham from OG’s active roster, as well as the shock retirement of Jesse ‘JerAx’ Vainikka.

OG has had some difficulties in the months following its second consecutive International victory. They bombed out at Midas Mode 2, finishing fourth as they didn’t win a single game at the event.

This seemed to cause something to break within the team, as the roster became unstable and management began to make changes.

At present, OG only has three active players, but they are currently scouting to fill in the other two slots on the roster.

OG’s active roster includes SumaiL, Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen, and captain Johan ‘N0tail’ Sundstein. They are still without position 3 and position 4 players.

SumaiL is one of the most decorated players in Dota 2 history, 11th overall in prize earnings with just over $3.5 million throughout his career. The bulk of that came from Evil Geniuses’ victory at The International 2015, which he won at just 16 years old.

“So I had been out of the scene for a while and it made me realize how much I loved Dota,” SumaiL said. “To do it with OG, people who are more accomplished than me now in Dota aspects. I am just looking forward to learning, from Ceb and N0tail especially. I am just very excited. The most I have been in my entire life.”

SumaiL went inactive on Evil Geniuses’ roster in 2019 once they decided to make some changes. He was with them for nearly five seasons, an impressive stint for a player in Dota 2 given it’s a game that has traditionally imploded rosters after each International.

It’s unclear exactly which position SumaiL will play, as both himself and Topson are known for playing mid-lane. He will play carry regardless, however, throughout this year’s Dota Pro Circuit.


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.