Isabelle Lafreniere

Isabelle Lafreniere

Isabelle trained to be an actual Tomb Raider but apparently Lara Croft has the job market cornered. Now she lives in Seattle and writes more than Stephen King. Do yourself a favor and don't ask her about Monomyth and video games.

LookbookOutlet x pixelkin Long Sleeved Sweater Dress

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LookbookOutlet x pixelkin Long Sleeved Sweater Dress / Irregular Hemline / Front Pockets

This super cozy pixelkin x lookbookout let long sleeved sweater dress is also stylish enough to move from the office to out on the town. First, choose from three great colors: red, grey, or black. All three shades work nicely with the warm affect of the dress, ensuring you will get the most out of this look. Fun front pocket detailing adds a casual and sweet charm to the dress, and a dramatically irregular hemline adds visual interest. Wear this dress as is, or layer over skinny jeans, tights, or leggings. Pair with flat black boots and a colorful scarf to complete the look. This dress comes in sizes Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large.

winners of Dota 2

Winning Millions with Dota 2

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The biggest event in esports history went down on Monday (at least, if you’re judging by the prize pool). The international championships for Dota 2, a popular video game, were held in Seattle on Monday. Fourteen teams took home a combined total of very nearly $11 million, a huge leap from the prize pool of previous years. The money for the pool came from sales of a package for the game and tournament called the “Compendium”. This Compendium granted players loads of bonus content for their own games, as well as opening ways for them to interact with the tournament. The makers of Dota 2, Valve Corporation, contributed $1.6 million to the prize pool with the rest of the money (an impressive $9.3 million) coming from sales of the Compendium. With $2.50 of each sale going towards the pool, that means they sold over 3.7 million units worldwide. If we were talking about books, this thing would be well on its way to being one of the top-selling books ever.

The Compendium raised big bucks for the prize pool. (Source: Valve)

The Compendium raised big bucks for the prize pool. (Source: Valve)

The winning team, called Newbee, took home more than $5 million ($5,028,121 by last count).  The team is based in China and includes members Chen “Hao” Zhihao, Zhang “Mu” Pan, Zhang “xiao8” Ning, Wang “Banana” Jiao, and Wang “Sansheng” Zhaohui. If that top prize was spread among the five players on the team, that would be about a million for each of them. But the players don’t get all the cash. Esports, like other pro sports, come with expenses and support staff.

Still, a prize like this is not bad for a day’s work! Even the two lowest ranking teams, which earned only 0.2% of the pot, took home more than $20,000 each. Don’t be surprised if the all-stars in your house decide they want in on the action. Just keep in mind that pro gaming, impressive jackpots aside,  is not all it’s cracked up to be.

You can catch video from the event on Twitch TV and even more content on the official site.