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Team Liquid announces Dota 2 return with star-studded new roster

Published: 3/Oct/2019 3:32 Updated: 3/Oct/2019 6:01

by Isaac McIntyre


Dota 2 with a new star-studded roster ahead of the MDL Chengdu Major and the new Dota Pro Circuit season.

After finishing runners-up at The International 9 off the back of a 3-1 defeat at the hands of back-to-back victors OG, the North American roster made the shock decision to release the championship squad amidst the preseason shuffle.

Now TL have revealed their next steps in the Dota pro scene, signing the entire ex-Alliance squad and confirming the NA-based organization will continue to have a presence in European competitions and tournaments.

Liquid’s new lineup of stars has been together for a very long time. The core of the team entered Dota together two years ago, but before that, leading players Max ‘qojqva’ Bröcker, Michael ‘miCKe’ Vu, and Aydin ‘iNSaNiA’ Sarkohi all shone in S2 Games’ Heroes of Newerth.

Most recently, the roster — which also includes Samuel ‘Boxi’ Svahn and Tommy ‘Taiga’ Le — finished a disappointing 13-16th at TI9 under the Alliance banner, after a devastating misclick saw them select Gyrocopter instead of banning it against Royal Never Give Up.

ValveAlliance captain iNSaNiA accidentally selected Gyrocopter against RNG at The International.

Organization co-founder Victor ‘Nazgul’ Goossens revealed in the team’s announcement video that they were planning on growing the new roster for a handful of years at least, and would look to build a new lasting dynasty around iNSaNiA in-game leadership.

“Honestly, the players are awesome to work with, and we feel like with them we can establish something special in the next few years,” the Liquid CEO said. 

“In Dota specifically, I believe it is a captain’s game, and we put a lot of faith and stock in working closely with the team but also with the captain. We really want to make sure we can enable [iNSaNiA] with all his ideas that he has on how to make the most out of this team.”

TL is one of the biggest names in esports at the moment off the back of their Counter-Strike and League of Legends rosters finding major success and titles, and several successful campaigns at TIs. The illustrious org left the incoming players in awe, offlaner Boxi revealed. 

“It’s a team that I think we all like, and have been following in different sports for a long time. When I was growing up it was one of the big names, so it’s a cool thing to be playing in a team that when I was younger was like ‘wow, that’s like a top esports team’,” Boxi said.

Team Liquid, TwitterLiquid’s former roster departed just weeks after finishing second at The International 9.

Team Liquid’s former International-winning roster, including veteran captain Kuro ‘KuroKy’ Salehi Takhasomi and young star Amer ‘Miracle-’ Al-Barkawi, have yet to be signed by another organization since their departure from the NA team on September 13.

Keep an eye of all the off-season player swaps with our Post-TI9 Roster Shuffle tracker.


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.