Deadmau5 plays a surprise set at Dota 2 championships
Over the weekend, Deadmau5 played a surprise performance at the post-finals show of Dota 2’s tournament, The International 2015. The surprise set comes about a month after playing for a small crowd at San Diego’s Comic Con.
Right after USA team Evil Geniuses beat China’s CDEC Gaming 3-1, Deadmau5 took to the stage for a brief twenty-minute set. This is hardly any time at all, given that many of Joel’s best-known tracks like “Strobe” are already almost half of that allotted length. Nevertheless, Deadmau5 played to a crowd with mixed levels of excitement. The attendees of an e-sports tournament are understandably not the same as at a music festival where Deadmau5 may be headlining, so not everyone in attendance knew very much about who they were listening to. It’s worth nothing, however, that Deadmau5 recently created a music pack for Dota 2.
Deadmau5 ended his time on stage by abruptly playing Avicii’s “Levels,” then cutting the music entirely and literally running off stage. Was this Deadmau5 flashing a proverbial middle finger at Valve, the company behind Dota 2 and the organizer of the event? Was it another jab at Avicii, who has been embroiled in a recent social media spat with the producer? Or was it just Joel trolling the audience who didn’t really know what was going on (you can see some of the audience members going wild when Levels comes on). Whatever the impetus, it closed out in standard fashion for Deadmau5 — taking to Twitter to shut down his naysayers.