Dota 2 workforce turns into first to win The Worldwide twice, takes residence over $15m • Eurogamer.internet
Reigning Dota 2 champions OG have simply received the ninth Worldwide (TI9), taking the trophy – sorry, Aegis of Champions – residence to Europe from Shanghai, China alongside a cool 15m in prize cash. In addition they set a brand new document, changing into the primary workforce – and first particular person gamers – to win the championship twice.
Earlier within the day, after technical points made for a delayed begin, PSG-LGD, part-owned by oil-rich soccer membership Paris Saint-Germain, noticed themselves knocked out within the semi-finals by runners up Workforce Liquid. Had they gone by way of, PSG-LGD would have confronted OG in a rematch of final 12 months’s ultimate. The Chinese language workforce’s standing because the final remaining “residence” aspect in Shanghai meant their earlier best-of-three match performed out in entrance of a raucous, packed-out Mercedes Benz Enviornment, and regardless of their workforce being knocked out within the morning that ambiance continued all through.
The Mercedes Benz Enviornment in Shanghai was packed out, particularly for video games that includes Chinese language groups. Picture Credit score: Valve.Each finalists had been earlier winners of the match, guaranteeing us a record-breaking two-time winner. Workforce Liquid received the match two years in the past at TI7 in 2017, incomes $10.9m, whereas OG got here out on prime final 12 months for TI8, incomes $11.2m alongside the way in which – that was regardless of OG’s standing as large outsiders, once they misplaced half of their workforce to a rival aspect, EG, just a few weeks earlier than the match. OG’s two wins in a row means the gamers have amassed almost $27m (roughly 22m) between them within the final 13 months.
OG participant Johan “N0tail” Sundstein, who earlier spoke about his disappointment at shedding his household canine shortly earlier than the match, mentioned: “It is too good to be true, it feels virtually simply the identical [as last year].” He added, “It is a dream.” N0tail lined up alongside Anathan “Ana” Pham, Topias “Topson” Taavitsainen, Sbastien “7ckingMad” Debs and Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka who, in a uncommon prevalence for esports, are the very same 5 gamers who received the match final 12 months with OG, too. Their progressive technique – utilizing a historically support-only hero as a damage-dealing carry – proved an enormous success, the workforce not shedding a single match the place they employed it, and profitable the ultimate match towards Workforce Liquid utilizing it once more.
Champion N0tail and his workforce OG retain their title, the primary time any workforce or participant has carried out so within the competitors’s historical past. Picture credit score: Valve.The Worldwide stays the match with largest prime prize gamers can earn from esports, as OG’s share of barely over $3m for every of their 5 gamers simply edging out the $3m that went to the primary official Fortnite match’s winner, 16-year-old Kyle ‘Bugha’ Giersdorf.
The subsequent Dota 2 Worldwide, TI10, will happen in Stockholm, Sweden subsequent 12 months.