CS:GO tournament organizer BLAST revealed their unexpected foray into Dota 2, with plans unveiled to host a $145,000 online tournament called BLAST Bounty Hunt from June 9 to 13.
Despite it being their first real venture into the title, they’ve managed to secure six headline teams from Europe, including double TI winners OG, Nigma, Team Secret and Team Liquid. In CS:GO, BLAST carved a space for themselves by offering something fresh, for example, their Blast Stand-Off mini-events, which let esports fans see their favorite players face off in a series of 1v1’s on a custom-made map. What is more, the BLAST Global Finals last December, which was won by Astralis, had a prize pool of $500,000.
For Bounty Hunt, they will also be bringing something new to the table, a dynamic prize pool and a fan prediction game. According to BLAST, “these features have never been seen before in esports and were created in collaboration with the competing teams.” That said, the concept is very similar to what Dota 2 fans witnessed at Midas Mode 1 and 2.
Six teams were directly invited to the online event. The event will feature six top European teams in OG, Team Secret, Team Nigma, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Alliance, and Team Liquid.
The six competing teams will first seed themselves by playing in a double-elimination BO3 bracket to determine the top 2 seeds. Seeds 3-6 will then face each other in a playoffs, with the winners progressing to play seeds 1-2 for a spot in the Grand Finals.
The seeding process plays into BLAST’s “dynamic prize pool,” as seeds 1 and 2 will start with a $20, 000 bounty, while seeds 3 to 6 start with $15,000. Every time teams compete against each other, 40% of their bounty is up for grabs, with $45,000 in additional bounties also available to be won. “A winning team with an unbeaten record could walk away with up to $51,120 plus with additional bounties won, teams can be winning up to $96,000,” said Blast in their official announcement. They also added that the dynamic prize pool will “create real reward and tension during every match.”
Top seeds have more meaning at the upcoming BLAST Bounty Hunt Dota 2, and Team Secret and OG get the honor to not only start in the semifinals, but also to start with more money than the rest of the competitors.
To start with, the $145,000 prize pool is dynamic, which means that each team will start with a base prize money and will earn bounties with every match played. In other words, teams can increase their earnings by winning and collecting bonuses. However, each team has a 40% bounty on their heads, thus the more they win and collect prize money, the more they can lose when they lose the first time. Here is where seeding gets an additional importance. The top two seeds, OG and Team Secret will start with $20.000 and will be placed straight into the upper bracket semi-finals. Team Liquid, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Alliance and Team Nigma will start in the first round of the upper bracket series with $15,000 each.
The $45,000 Additional Bounties will take the form of in-game challenges, chosen through a fan vote, similar to MoonduckTV’s Midas Mode events. Furthermore, much like Midas Mode, fans will have the chance for their nickname to be part of the in-game challenge.
Fans can also win up to $5,000 by predicting the winners of each match. In the words of BLAST, “This new innovation brings the fans even closer to the action, highs and lows and gives the winner cold hard cash.”