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Team Liquid announce shock exit of Dota 2 roster

Published: 13/Sep/2019 13:20 Updated: 14/Sep/2019 10:37

by Connor Bennett


DOTA 2 squad amid the post-International 2019 roster shuffle. 

At The International 9, Team Liquid finished as runners-up to back-to-back winners OG after falling to a 3-1 defeat in the best-of-five grand finals.


However, with the annual post-TI shuffle well underway, the team which claimed victory at TI 2017 has now confirmed that they will be departing the iconic North American organization and looking at starting something of their own. 

The shock move comes as teams are gearing up for the new Dota Pro Circuit season with roster changes – and some teams completely leaving the scene. 


The Team Liquid line-up, consisting of iconic captain Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi, Maroun ‘GH’ Merhej, Ivan ‘MinD_ContRoL’ Ivanov, Amer ‘Miracle’ Al-Barkawi, and newcomer Aliwi ‘w33’ Omar will be splitting off to form a new team of their own – which was confirmed in a Twitter video from KuroKy himself.

Of course, it will be seen as a huge shift for the whole scene to not have Team Liquid in their usual form competing at the highest level across all events. Yet, it wasn’t a huge shock to the organization itself – who were informed about the move in advance.

“When Kuroky told me about their plans in the wake of TI9, I couldn’t help but think about my own journey from professional player to team owner,” said Victor ‘Nazgul’ Goossens. “After four years under the Team Liquid organization, our Dota team has decided to pursue this new dream: To build a team of their own.”


However, Nazgul reaffirmed the organization’s desire to remain in the MOBA title with a new roster. He added: “We first picked up a Dota team in 2012 and we are here to stay. It is hard to predict the future and it is by no means a given that we find the right fit immediately when we look for a roster, but I can definitely say that we love this game and want to be a part of it.”

Just what that new team will be, however, remains to be seen as the post-TI shuffle rolls on – with both players and full line-ups becoming available as the annual shake-up continues.


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.