In a surprise announcement, CS:GO tournament organiser BLAST are dipping their toes into the DOTA 2 scene! Introducing BLAST Bounty Hunt, a new online DOTA 2 tournament featuring six top EU teams! (OG, NIP, Team Secret, Team Liquid, Alliance and Nigma) Taking place on June 9th and concluding on June 13th the six teams will be competing for the lion’s share of the $145,000 Prize Pool!
Who are BLAST?
For those of you who don’t follow the Counter-Strike scene, BLAST (RFRSH Entertainment) is a tournament organiser who came into play in late 2017. They quickly made a name for themselves with their BLAST Pro Series events which were rapid two-day CS:GO tournaments with top-quality teams and high production values.
However, there was widespread criticism from the CS:GO community due to the heavy reliance on a Bo1 format. Thankfully, BLAST Bounty Hunt will be played with a Bo3 double elimination bracket, with the culmination ending with a Bo5 Grand Final!
We’re excited to be taking part in the #BLASTDota Bounty Hunt.
BLAST has decided to add some additional feathers to the tournament with the introduction of Dynamic Prize Pools! To explain, teams will start with $15,000, (Or $20,000 if you are in the top 2 seed) and 40% of their bounty will be up for grabs every time they compete against another roster, meaning teams will essentially be able to steal prize winnings from one another!
This will give every game an added sense of importance and tension, as teams will be playing to add to their bank accounts. (although I don’t think OG need any more prize money!) In addition, fans watching the BLAST Bounty Hunt will get the chance to win $5,000! The viewers will be able to predict the winners of each match along with several other factors in order to try to earn their share of the prize pool!
These additions were explained by BLAST Director of Product and Experience Nicolas Estrup who was quoted as saying he wanted to “breathe fresh air” into the Dota 2 competitive scene.
I can absolutely say I am excited for the BLAST Bounty Hunt. It’s always great to get new tournament organisers into the Dota 2 scene. It will be interesting to see how the Dynamic Prize Pool is implemented and how the Dota 2 community will embrace this feature.
If you want to prepare for the event, you can follow BLAST Dota on Twitch and Youtube using the links below.