[NEW] The International 2018: The Pressure Is on With $25 Million Up for Grabs | the international 2018 prize pool – Vietnamnhanvan

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Imagine playing a video game in front of a packed arena, with hundreds of thousands watching at home and about $11 million on the line.

Competitors in Dota 2’s major tournament, The International, are in the thick of this. Currently underway at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, home of the Canucks, the current total pot is just over $25 million (roughly Rs. 175 crores) – and growing, thanks to its crowdsourced origins.

Not many competitors, in sports or otherwise, have to perform with such a substantial amount of money at stake. For comparison, the entire purse for The Masters PGA tournament this year was $11 million (roughly Rs. 77 crores) and Patrick Reed’s win was worth $1.98 million (roughly Rs. 13.9 crores).

Team Liquid has been a mainstay in the tournament and last year, they won their first title.

Unlike top-tier athletes in traditional sports, today’s e-sports players were not groomed from a young age to be celebrities nor to compete in conditions that might rattle even the most experienced NFL quarterback or NBA point guard.

So what is it like for a player to be thrown into this kind of environment after a lifetime of gaming at home or in much smaller venues?

Lasse Aukusti “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen, 23, a player for Team Liquid, went through this gauntlet for the first time at 21, an experience he called “frightening.”

“I was quite overwhelmed of the high pressure and couldn’t perform well,” he said in an email, adding that the tournament is something that teams prepare for the whole year.

“You can have excuses for bad performance during the year but TI is the final showdown to determine who is truly the best,” he said.

Only two years later, Urpalainen helped his team claim the top prize.

Team manager Mohamed Morad said some of his players dealt with the pressures in different, though perhaps expected, ways such as listening to music or spending time by themselves, but that others, “Try to talk it out with me or [Team Captain] Kuro [“KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi].”

Urpalainen credited visualisation techniques with helping him surmount the onslaught of pressure at The International.

“I personally imagine the upcoming moments beforehand so my brain is adjusted to the actual moment we play,” he said.

These sort of mental and psychological techniques – talking it out and visualising success – have been used by many pro athletes. These tools deployed by e-sports players reflect some of the benefits that have been introduced by management as the industry has grown.

Last year was the first time that Team Liquid’s Dota 2 players worked with a sports psychologist, according to team co-CEO and founder Victor Goossens.

For many years, they have also run a “boot camp,” which in 2018 brought together their globally-dispersed players for a total of 35 days (start time: 2pm). It serves a purpose similar to a football team’s two-a-days, except e-sports players put in at least 12 hours per day, and often many more.

Add in a full-time cook, separate rooms in hotels, booked flights and other life-easing touches, and it is clear that the players need only focus on gameplay during the weeks running up to the tournament.

“We do everything we can to facilitate their preparation,” Goossens said. “Everything needs to be spot on so they can worry about one thing and one thing only.”

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All of which was worth it, in his mind.

“It’s our biggest win, ever, by a long shot, and our organisations has been around 18 years,” he said, crediting the roster assembly, player skill and leadership of his team’s captain as key factors.

“It’s hard to put it in words, you have to experience it yourself. I will never forget lifting the Aegis” of Champions, presented to the winners of The International, Urpalainen said.

In describing how the win felt, team manager Morad said, “The grind was finally over, all the pressure was gone. All the work we had put in for this one moment, it paid off. Basically emptiness.”

Though no one with the team would reveal specifics, except to say the pot was split among eight parties (the five players, coach, manager, organisation), the players seem to have attained yet more of the benefits, and decisions, associated with their peers in traditional sports.

“Well, I started off consulting some experts about investments. I soon figured for myself if were to invest my money, I wanted to do it myself,” Urpalainen said. “In January, I found a nice apartment in the heart of Helsinki and I have been really enjoying the change of scenery compared to my old place.”

No team has ever repeated at The International, something Team Liquid hopes to achieve, even as members insisted it does not add pressure.

The team’s focus is to maintain the feeling of hunger, “even though you just won [the] biggest thing on planet,” Goossens said.

“. . . I do think winning [the] second time will be a bigger challenge than the first,” said Urpalainen, who was prescient as Team Liquid lost their Upper Bracket Semifinal match on Wednesday and must now battle it out in the Lower Bracket, complicating their route to the Grand Final.

Despite the differences in objective and field of play, though not setting, ultimately e-sports tournaments are subject to the same binary code as traditional sports tournaments.

“In the end it comes down to, will your players be able to perform on stage or not,” Morad said.

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[NEW] Australia’s Anathan ‘ana’ Pham helps OG win almost $US11.2 million at The International 2018 Dota 2 tournament | the international 2018 prize pool – Vietnamnhanvan

18-year-old Aussie Anathan ‘ana’ Pham backstage after a win for his team, OG, at The International. OG won the richest tournament in esports history, despite being major underdogs. Photo via Valve.

AN 18-year-old Aussie has claimed the biggest prize in the history of esports, as Melbourne’s Anathan ‘ana’ Pham helped his team OG earn almost $US11.2 million by winning Dota 2 tournament The International.

OG, an underdog squad that just a few months ago was torn apart by two of its biggest names leaving the team, defeated Chinese powerhouse PSG.LGD (featuring soccer club Paris Saint-Germain as their title sponsor) 3-2 in the best-of-five Grand Finals at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Sunday morning (AEST).

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They had to do it the hard way too, coming back from a 2-1 deficit and forcing just the second game five in International history.

ana reacts after winning The International.

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The team, made up of Pham, Finnish pair Topias ‘Topson’ Taavitsainen and Jesse ‘JerAx’ Vainikka, Frenchman Sebastien ‘Ceb’ Debs and beloved Danish veteran Johan ‘BigDaddyN0tail’ Sundstein, will split the largest portion of the total $US25.446 million prize pool as victors.

n0tail holds up the Aegis in victory.

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Dota 2 is a five-on-five game which sees two teams face off on a virtual battlefield playing unique ‘heroes’ with magical abilities, attempting to kill the opposing players and destroy their base.

Pham was plucked from obscurity to join OG back in mid-2016. He moved to Shanghai, China around Christmas in 2015 when he had just turned 16, then being picked up by OG to replace departing Jordanian superstar Amer ‘Miracle-‘ Al-Barkawi.

Melbourne’s Anathan ‘ana’ Pham as seen on the broadcast of The International 8.

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With Pham, the team won two of the next season’s Majors – in Boston and Kiev – before disappointing with a 7th-8th place finish at 2017’s edition of The International, Dota’s biggest yearly event.

At this stage, Pham had won $US605,239 purely through tournament prize money. But he then took almost a year off from Dota 2.

Few expected OG to win The International in 2018 after star pair Tal ‘Fly’ Aizik and Gustav ‘s4’ Magnusson left in late May. That forced OG to chase Pham to return to the squad, as well as sign the little-known Taavitsainen.

After making it through the European qualifiers, OG eked its way into the winner’s bracket of the tournament, then upsetting VGJ.Storm, Evil Geniuses – the team Aizik and Magnusson left to join – and PSG.LGD to earn a Grand Finals spot.

Earlier on Sunday morning, PSG.LGD vanquished EG 2-0 in the loser’s bracket finals to earn a rematch with OG.

In game one of the Grand Finals, things looked bad for OG early, but defensive play from Debs’ Treant Protector bought time for Pham’s Spectre, with a big teamfight at 25 minutes going OG’s way with Spectre seemingly unkillable. They then snowballed towards victory.

Game two saw a strong enough early-game for PSG.LGD that OG was unable to hold them off in the mid-game long enough to turn Pham’s Gyrocopter into a late-game damage powerhouse, with Taavitsianen’s Invoker nearly irrelevant (finishing 0-12), tying the series at 1-1.

Pham in action for OG earlier in 2018.

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In game three, things went well early for OG with a fifth-pick mid Morphling performing well against Alchemist and helping the team take Roshan at 17 minutes. But fy was a beast on his Phoenix, buying the Alchemist enough room to carry PSG.LGD into a 2-1 series lead.

Game four was simply incredible. A poor start for Taavitsianen’s Invoker was made up for by a fifth-pick Axe earning six kills in the first 12 minutes, giving him space to come back. Fy was incredible on his Tusk, but OG held, with Pham’s Phantom Lancer becoming unstoppable. After Morphling was taken out for 100 seconds, OG got agonisingly close to mega creeps but then eventually earned them and the win after well over an hour.

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The final game of the series saw PSG.LGD targeting ana by banning two of his strongest heroes in the draft phase, Spectre and Phantom Lancer. But that put him onto his signature Ember Spirit.

Fy was brilliant on Earthshaker, gaining a Blink and Arcane Boots by 12 minutes, but a huge fight with a stolen Ghost Ship got OG back into it before a massive fight around Roshan turned the game around. They then gradually worked their way into control before it was all too much.

This is the second straight year in which an Australian has featured in the Grand Finals of The International, despite our local scene being relatively small.

Sydney’s Damien ‘kpii’ Chok earned second place with Chinese team Newbee in 2017. His team slumped to a 13th-16th placed finish this year.


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