All that money, and still nobody plays Venge or Silencer as a carry the way God intended. =(
Ah well. At least Techies come out soon! Though the sooner Auroth's released, the better.
I think this proves something beyond any doubt, and that is that the 'typical' method of begging sponsors for money for events just doesn't work. Crowdsourcing funding and the like builds up a MASSIVE amount of interest and respect not only for the players, but for the community at large. Hopefully, more events take this kind of idea.
As a scene, the Dota scene has always been far closer to the Fighting Games Community than the typical 'eSports' group because of this attitude that the players and viewers, no matter their skill levels, are very much as much a part of the community as anybody else. It's nice that Valve and BTS have started to realize this and really embrace it, as it simply works.
PS: Alliance Empire finals. Calling it now.