Having the prize pool for The International grow every year is a great tradition for the Dota 2 community. Every twelve months, the prize pool gets more and more ridiculous, but this year it looked like the ceiling had been hit. 50 days into the TI8 compendium and the prize pool was 2.6 million dollars behind TI7's numbers at the same point last year. Then the battle pass sale hit.
Over the weekend, the prize pool for TI8 has "recovered" and is now only $400,000 behind that of TI7. That's $2.2 million in 4 days!
However, this does not mean that the prize pool of TI8 will exceed that of TI7. The weekend sale of the bundle is now over, and TI7 finished very strongly last year. With 44 days to go until the start of the main event, another 5.4 million dollars has to be added to the prize pool if the goal is to be met.
The Dota 2 community has to come to the realization that it's OK if the prize pool doesn't exceed that of last year's. It's going to happen sooner or later anyway. For outsiders looking in, the figure up for grabs is a big deal, but for the community it shouldn't matter. Teams aren't going to try any harder just because a million is added to the prize pool every year. The International has always, and will always, be the most prestigious thing a Dota 2 player can win. And if there's one currency that doesn't fluntuate in the end, that's it: prestige.