posted by BlackWidow.FnL,
Following the conclusion of Season 4, and to avoid having complicated travel arrangements and schedules, D2L have announced a new ultra-condensed online mini-series, the HyperX D2L Western Challenge. The competition will host eight Western teams fighting for a prize pool of $50,000, and Ayesee will be joined by Tralf in the commentary box. HyperX D2L Western Challenge

The HyperX D2L Western Challenge will be a condensed tournament format that will NOT feature a live LAN final. The tournament will involve group stages of a single round-robin play; with the top 6 teams advancing to a double elimination playoff bracket. Tickets can be purchased from the store from $US8.99 (pending approval), with 80% going towards the prize pool. The D2L Western Challenge will be cast in English and Russian on D2L's Twitch channel. Tournament casting will be done by us Aaron 'Ayesee' Chambers and us Mark 'Tralf' Seidl.

Invited teams:
se Alliance
world Cloud 9
ru Empire
us Evil Geniuses
eu Fnatic
ua Natus Vincere
ru RoX.KIS
us Team Liquid


Prize Pool
1st place - $US25,000 + 25% of ticket sales increase
2nd place - $US15,000 + 25%
3rd place - $US7,500 + 15%
4th place - $US2,500 + 15%
5th place - 10% of ticket sales increase
6th place - 10% of ticket sales increase

New talk show - REPORTED!
In the same announcement, D2L also introduced a new hour-long talk show dubbed "REPORTED!", which will begin airing on Thursday at 17:00 CET (8:00AM PST). REPORTED! will be a radio-style show, featuring weekly run-downs, guest interviews and hosts, and open-lines for viewers to call in. The show will serve as either a lead in to D2L broadcasts or ahead of other tournaments. us Aaron 'Ayeese' Chambers will be joined by us Charlie 'Monolith' Yang, team manager for us Evil Geniuses in the hosting chair. The show will be broadcast on D2L's Twitch channel.

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