Jul 26 2016 - 11:36 pm

The International prizepool passes $18.4 million, setting new record

Dota 2's showpiece event The International has once again shattered the all-time esports prizepool record, passing $18
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports

Dota 2's showpiece event The International has once again shattered the all-time esports prizepool record, passing $18.4 million.

While Valve supplies the initial $1.6 million, the prizepool is primarily crowdfunded through sales of the in-game Battle Pass. The Pass gives users a number of exclusive in-game items as well as a virtual programme—the Compendium—for TI6. Since its release on May 17, Dota 2 enthusiasts have increased the overall amount by more than 1,000 percent.

The previous record was set by last year's International at $18,429,613, nearly 8 million more than the 2014 prizepool. With the record already claimed, the crowdfunding is on track to far exceed last year's total.

Fans are motivated to buy the Battle Pass not just to grow the prizepool. The Battle Pass is also a highly attractive in-game purchase. By completing challenges, winning matches or purchasing level, players can access more and more of what is on offer. This includes the ability to play in weekly tournaments known as “Battle Cups,” as well as the possibility of resetting your MMR.

Valve has also released two separate caches of “Immortal Treasures,” highly desirable items that can only be acquired through the Battle Pass. With each new set of items, the prizepool has spiked dramatically as more players purchased the Battle Pass. With another Immortal Treasure yet to be released, it’s safe to assume that the overall prize pool will see yet another spike.

With three more weeks left until the International 6 begins, the question now is how much the community manages to push this already record-breaking prizepool.

Jan 15 2017 - 10:31 pm

Kinguin and Fnatic Academy secure spots in European Challenger Series

The two teams made short work of the opposition.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Riot Games

Fnatic Academy and Team Kinguin qualified for the European League of Legends Challenger Series, taking themselves one step closer to the game's premier competition.

In rather emphatic fashion, the two teams completely decimated their opposition. Both teams were able to secure quick 3-0 victories, and will now be competing in the upcoming season of the EU CS league.

While both teams fell short of first place in the qualifiers group stage, the teams made up for it in spades in the tournament finals. The Polish Kinguin roster were the first team to qualify for the league, as the team completely decimated opponents on Nerv.

Despite featuring former EU CS players such as mid laner An "SuNo" Sun-ho, as well as support Christophe "je suis kaas" van Oudheusden, it seemed as if Nerv weren't able to find any opening against the Polish team.

The final series of the day saw Fnatic Academy, in equally as dominant fashion, defeat Team Forge.

The academy team's display in the three games was incredible impressive, in particular the performances of mid laner Yasin "Nisqy" Dinçer and former FC Schalke AD carry Rasmus "MrRalleZ" Skinneholm, as both players only died once throughout the entire series.

With the qualifiers over, Kinguin and Fnatic Academy now join FC Schalke, Paris Saint-Germain, Millenium and Misfits Academy in the 2017 Spring Season of the EU CS.

The 2017 League of Legends season gets underway next week, when all regional leagues begin their spring seasons.

Jan 15 2017 - 8:00 pm

FlipSid3 take home DreamHack Leipzig title

The team didn't drop a single map throughout the tournament.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

Flipsid3 Tactics claimed the biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive title in the organization's history, dominating their opponents at DreamHack Leipzig.

Without dropping a single map throughout the event, FlipSid3 emerged as champions of DreamHack Leipzig after a convincing 2-0 victory in the event's grand finals. But despite its impressive record the team, which features CS 1.6 legend Yegor "markeloff" Markelov, did struggle at certain points throughout the final series against crowd favorites BIG.

While the German favorites were able to take eleven rounds in both maps of the series, FlipSid3 were always one step ahead. This was particularly obvious in regards to the team's latest recruit, Denis "electronic" Sharipov. The Russian player dominated in terms of statistics, as he tallied the highest number of kills in the grand final, earning him an ADR (Average Damage per Round) of 102.

While FlipSid3 finally taking home an international LAN is a big story in and of itself, BIG's performance at the event is almost an equally as notable achievement.

Having only assembled the roster on Jan. 2, DreamHack Leipzig was BIG's LAN debut. The roster, which contains names such as in-game leader Faith "gob b" Dayik and recent AWP star Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus impressed throughout the tournament. The team's 0-2 defeat against FlipSid3 was far from one-sided, as BIG were consistently able to impress against the Eastern European team.

BIG had upset Group A winners Heroic in the semifinals, taking a 2-1 victory, while Flipsid3 had swept aside the challenge of French side LDLC.

Flipsid3 will look to carry this momentum into next week's $1 million ELEAGUE Major, where they will face FaZe Clan in their first swiss stage clash.

Despite not being the most competitive event, DreamHack Leipzig brought a considerable amount of excitement and has already set 2017 off to a flying start.