Did you miss anything from the last week in esports? Swamped with work or school? Enjoyed sun and beaches instead of staying on the internet 24/7? VPEsports’ Stories from the Week brings you all the biggest headlines you might have missed.
Ah, yes, the ever-growing prize pool of The International. In late July, the TI9 prize pool broke the $30M barrier, beating the Fortnite World Cup Finals. As of Aug. 7, it gained two more million and is up to $32M now. This is, of course, a monumental achievement in esports, as it’s unlikely a crowd-funded event ever reaches TI’s heights. As it stands, the winners of TI9 will bank more than $14.5M total — or $2.9M per player. What a payday!
You can’t have the biggest TI in history without some of the best broadcasting talent lined-up. On Thursday, Valve announced a list of 31 hosts, commentators, and personalities who will deliver TI9 to the English audience. Fan favorites like RedEye, Sheever, Slacks, TobiWan, Capitalist and more will be on-site in Shanghai to cast the action.
Faceless Void, Ogre Magi, Windranger, and Spectre are the semifinalists of the 2019 Arcana Vote. Ogre Magi was the big surprise of the quarterfinals, beating Necrophos with a “wrecking win” of 73%. Now, it’s Void vs. Magi and Windrager vs. Spectre to decide the finalists.
The StarLadder CS:GO Major is fast approaching and our own Steven Cropley looked at the eight most likely teams to make it to the New Legends stage. Where are teams like Vitality and mousesports in that? Is there hope for the resurging G2 Esports? This is going to be a highly-contested Major and even the New Challengers stage can be very unpredictable.
Affectionately named “The Gobfather” by CS:GO fans, veteran Fatih “gob b” Dayik is hanging the mouse and calling it quits on his pro gamer career after 13 years of actively competing. The IGL who’s been instrumental to the rise of many CS:GO teams like mousesports and BIG will transition into a new role as manager in BIG.
With gob b’s departure, BIG will be making a roster change, bringing back Owen “smooya” Butterfield and Johannes “nex” Maget, while benching Denis “denis” Howell.
TSM keep facing their old curse of struggling to find a jungler that can fit into the team well and can carry them to international success. After playing most of the Summer Season with Matthew “Akaadian” Higginbotham, and with Jonathan “Grig” Armao as his sub, TSM will field neither in the coming Summer Playoffs, instead opting for rookie Mingyi “Spica” Lu, who’s only played two matches in the LCS so far.
With everything on the line, including Worlds 2019 spot, the youngster carries a lot of pressure, as TSM prepare for their quarterfinal match against Clutch Gaming.