The Red Bull Battle Grounds playoffs kick off today. Five teams, one from each of the major regions – Invictus Gaming (China), Team Malaysia (SEA), Team Secret (Europe), HellRaisers (CIS), and Summer’s Rift (NA), will fight over three days, May 5-7, in Santa Monica.
The Red Bull Battle Grounds playoffs format is new for the Dota 2 scene. Each of the five participating teams starts with three lives. In the order of their seeding, each team challenges another one to a best of one match. The losing team loses a life. When a team has lost all three lives, they’re eliminated from the tournament.
The top two teams will enter the best-of-five Grand Finals held at the Historic Warfield Theater, in San Francisco, on May 10.
Of the five teams playing in the Red Bull Battle Grounds playoffs in Santa Monica, the three teams not advancing to the finals will be invited to participate in the LAN taking place just a day before the Grand Finals, in San Jose, at the AFK Lounge.
Battle Grounds will be one of the first major tournaments to sport the 6.84 patch. The tournament might help tip the scale for some teams, which may be on the fence for a TI5 direct invite.
Red Bull Battle Grounds playoffs schedule
Red Bull Battle Grounds playoffs stream
All matches will be broadcast on the Red Bull eSports stream. BeyondtheSummit will be in charge of commentaries and analysis.
Red Bull Battle Grounds 2015 tickets
The in-game ticket is available for $8.99. The bundle contains the Majesty of the Forbidden Sands set for Sand King, as well as the Fallen Cloak set for Clinkz. 20% of the proceeds of each sale contributes towards the Red Bull Battle Grounds prize-pool.
Tickets for the Red Bull LAN (May 9, AFK Gamer Lounge, San Jose) are sold out, but General Admission tickets for the Red Bull Battle Grounds Grand Finals (May 10, Warfield Theater, San Francisco) are still available, for $34.61.
The Red Bull Battle Grounds playoffs will take place at the Red Bull headquarters in Santa Monica.
Red Bull Battle Grounds prize-pool
The base prize pool set by Red Bull is $75,000. As of May 5, the total prize-pool, including community contributions, has reached $87,298.
- $5,000 to the winning team of each regional qualifier.
- $1,500 + 3% of the community contributions for each life destroyed.
- $8,750 + 15% of the community contributions for the second team in the Grand Finals.
- $18,750 + 40% of the community contributions for the Grand Finals Champions.
Red Bull Battle Grounds 2015 qualifiers
Red Bull Battle Grounds began with 20 teams broken into 4-Team regional groups. Five teams have risen above their regional opponents. Team Malaysia stomped through their SEA Region opponents; Invictus Gaming reigned supreme over LGD to represent China; HellRaisers emerged from the qualifiers’ Lower Brackets and took down Na’Vi in the CIS/RU Finals; Team Secret dominated the EU qualifiers, while Summer’s Rift managed to get their hands on a Red Bull Battle Grounds playoffs spot after a narrow victory against ROOT Gaming.
The SouthEast Asian region was the first to claim a representative. Team Malaysia dominated the qualifiers, eliminating Can’t Say Wips, MVP.Phoenix and Rave.
Team Malaysia roster:
“kYxY” Lee Kang Yang, “Kecik Imba” Fadil bin Mohd Raziff, “Ohaiyo” Chong Xin Khoo, “JoHnNy” Siong Tait, “Mushi” Chai Yee Fung
The four invited teams – Invictus Gaming, Newbee, LGD, and E-Home, battled it out to claim the victory and the solo playoffs spot for the region. In the first round, Newbee sent E-Home to the Lower Brackets, while LGD won over IG. Newbee ended up giving LGD the victory and advancement into the grand finals. In the Lower Brackets, E-Home faced IG, and were the first team to be eliminated from the qualifiers. IG moved ahead, sending TI titleholders Newbee home, as well. In a full circle, IG turned to face LGD in the qualifier finals, knocking them out, 2:1.
Invictus Gaming roster:
Luo Feichi “Ferrari_430”, Wong Hock Chuan “Chuan”, Yinqi Luo “Xi”, Zeng Hongda “Faith”, Zhilei Xu “burning”
HellRaisers emerged from the Lower Brackets and claimed their ticket to the Red Bull Battle Grounds playoffs. The underdogs of the series bested Na’Vi, 2:1, in the qualifier finals to represent the CIS region in California.
Artes “Artyom” Gorobey, Andrey “Afoninje” Afonin, Ivan “Gorec” Kartankov, Dulat “goddam” Seidimomyn, Andrey “Dread” Golubev
Due to visa issues, Roman “rmn” Paley will temporarily replace Artes “Artyom” Gorobey for the Red Bull Battle Grounds playoffs in Santa Monica.
Team Secret swept through Alliance and then Ninjas in Pyjamas en-route to the qualifier finals versus Cloud 9, where they proved themselves once again, with a 2:0 decisive victory.
Team Secret roster:
Artour “Arteezy” Babaev, Gustav “s4” Magnusson, Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg, Clement “Puppey” Ivanov, Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi
Summer’s Rift, Team Tinker, Not Today and Root Gaming were invited. Summer’s Rift have emerged victorious, defeating Root Gaming, 2:1, and securing their participation in the LAN playoffs in Santa Monica, California.
Summer’s Rift roster:
Brian “BananaSlamJamma” Canavan, Braxton “Brax” Paulson, James “Miraclechipmunk” Poguireitchik, Jimmy “DeMoN” Ho, Bryant “whiteBeard” Lehwald
Michael “ixmike88″ Ghannam will replace James “Miraclechipmunk” Poguireitchik during the Red Bull Battle Grounds playoffs.
More details available on the Red Bull Battle Grounds website.