The veteran Dota 2 player Danil “Dendi” Ishutin has left Natus Vincere. The Ukrainian turned to club management with a request to terminate his contract ahead of schedule.
Dendi has been playing for NAVI since 2010. Together with the team, he won the first International and many other tournaments, and also took second place at TI in 2012 and 2013. Dendi represented NAVI on the professional stage for 2,170 days and spent 1,507 matches as the team’s midlaner.
End of the Road
In January 2019, Ishutin joined Tigers on loan. Together with a team from Southeast Asia, he participated in the qualifiers for the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor, the MDL Disneyland® Paris Major, and the OGA Dota PIT Minor 2019, but he did not qualify for any tournament. In June, Dendi transferred to The Pango, with whom he competed in qualifications for TI9. Whether Ishutin will join the team in a permanent role is yet to be revealed.
We are sure about one thing: that Dendi will be at TI9. The International 2019 organizers have announced a list of commentators, analysts, and invited guests who will work on the coverage of the tournament. The Russian-language studio in Shanghai will be presented by Danil Dendi Ishutin himself, along with Ivan ArtStyle Antonov, Ilya ALOHADANCE Korobkin, Alexander XBOCT Dashkevich, and other employees of StarLadder, Maincast, and WePlay studios.
Na’Vi reveals new kit for TI
On the 10th of August, Natus Vincere released a special kit for its Dota 2 lineup. The organization revealed that the kit is exclusively for The International 2019. T-shirts are made in the colors of the organization, and outlines of the Shanghai skyline are depicted on the front. Previously, an exclusive kit for the tournament was presented by Virtus.pro. The team colors were black and red, and a panda replaced the polar bear logo.
Winner of TI9 will get over $14 million!
The organizers of The International 9 have now revealed the distribution of the prize pool. The winner of the tournament will receive 45.5% of the total, which currently stands at $14.6 million. The second finalist will earn 13%, or $4.1 million. Teams that take 17th or 18th place in the competition will receive a minimum of $80 thousand. We have compiled a rough estimate for all rankings as per the current prize pool:
- 1st place: 45.5% ($14.6 million)
- 2nd place: 13% ($4.1 million)
- 3rd place: 9% ($2.8 million)
- 4th place: 6% ($1.9 million)
- 5th-6th place: 3.5% ($1.1 million)
- 7th place: 2.5% ($802 thousand)
- 9th-12th place: 2% ($641 thousand)
- 13th-16th place: 1.5% ($481 thousand)
- 17-18 place: 0.25% ($80 thousand)
At the time of publication of the news, The International 2019 prize pool is just over $32 million. It will increase for another 18 days until the end of the tournament. The International 2019 will be held from August 15 to 25 in Shanghai at the site of the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The prize pool of the tournament now exceeds $32 million, for which 18 teams from six regions will be competing.