As an avid gamer and a geek himself, it was only apt that deadmau5 would’ve agreed to play at The International 2015 DOTA 2 Championships (TI5). But he did more (or less?) than just whip up a TI5-worthy gig.
Marking the 5th year of the championship, TI5 returned to The KeyArena in Seattle, Washington from 4th – 9th August, where 16 teams challenged each other in the game of DOTA 2 for the total prize money of more than USD 17 million. Team “Evil Geniuses” (EG) bagged the winner title as the best-of-five Grand Finals series ended 3-1, with EG taking home more than USD6.6 million.
During the main event finals, the mau5 rocked up to The KeyArena to play a surprise set. It was a highly anticipated gig as fans who were present at the arena as well as those who were watching from all over the world waited with bated breaths. After EG were crowned champions, deadmau5 took the stage to close out the event. All was well as he dropped hit after hit, and then right after “Strobe”, for some reason he decided that it’d be a good idea to throw in Avicii’s “Levels” – before ending his set abruptly.
Call him the king of awkward, leaving fans high and dry, and perhaps confused.
Some of the attendees in the crowd as well as those at home then took to social media to lash out at Valve (the game company behind DOTA 2 as well as TI5) as well as the mau5. To which deadmau5 coolly responded in a way that only deadmau5 can:
#TI5 fans… u mad? yeah. u mad. y u mad tho?
— dead mow cinco (@deadmau5) August 9, 2015