Moonduck Studios enters the scene in a unique way, starting off with not just a tournament, but one with an entirely new game mode. Elimination mode will force teams to play a variety of heroes, promising interesting hero combinations not currently in the meta. The inability to pick heroes that have been picked and banned before will also lead to interesting drafting mind games. The format is not a completely new idea, and was proposed on Reddit a few months back as an interesting concept for a competition.
The tournament will feature several newly formed teams such as High Council of Wizards & Priests*, the team of famous NA players Jimmy 'DeMoN' Ho and Mason 'mason' Venne among other well-known American players. Among the competing teams are also long-standing names, such as STARK* and compLexity Gaming. As the tournament coincides with another DotA 2 event, the teams first eliminated in that event will be invited to play Elimination.
The brackets have been divided into an NA and an EU side, in order to secure an NA versus EU grand finals, and avoid server conflicts during the brackets. The grand finals, played on the 20th of September, will be a best of five, instead of the three format featured in the other games of this tournament. This means there will be 100 distinct hero picks and bans, leaving only ten playable heroes untouched. The winner of the tournament takes home $6,000, the runner up gets $2,000, and 3/4th place receive $1,000 in prize money.
- Mamas Boys*
- compLexity Gaming
- Planet Odd*
- High Council of Wizards & Priests*
- Team Liquid(Unconfirmed)
- Monkey Freedom Fighters*(Unconfirmed)