The Summit 5 invites have been revealed. At the same time, BTS have announced the return of the Redemption Vote. Team Liquid, OG and Na’Vi have been directly invited to participate in the fan-favorite event of the year. The three teams will be joined by Fnatic, Digital Chaos, Wings Gaming, Ad Finem and one more lucky team to be voted in by fans. This season, purchases of BTS merchandise will award voting privileges. The Summit 5 will take place between July 13-17 in Los Angeles, California.
— Beyond the Summit (@BeyondTheSummit) June 15, 2016
The Summit 5 invites have been revealed. Team Liquid, Na’Vi and OG will be joining the four qualified teams – Fnatic, Digital Chaos, Wings Gaming and Ad Finem – along with the Redemption Vote winner to compete for their share of the $100,000 base prize pool between July 13-17, in Los Angeles, California.
BTS was unable to reinstate the Redemption Vote for The Summit 4 due to issues with third party compendiums in Reborn. The fourth iteration of the event was the first to be held sans the traditional yet unconventional team lobbying.
To avoid having another season without the voting practice, BTS has created the Summit Shop, where fans can purchase a variety of merchandise to contribute to the prize pool and gain voting rights.
Portions of the shop purchases also help increase the Summit 5 prize pool, currently sitting at $100,577.
Redemption voting has already begun and ends on June 26th.
The Summit 3 Redemption Vote
Invictus Gaming took the cake with their Maids Cosplay promise after they gained 43% of the votes.
Costume Cross Dressing Cosplay: Who doesn’t want to see these Chinese stars all dolled-up?
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) April 14, 2015
The team went all out in their Cosplay Photo Shoot.
Getting a little help from friends: Nice to have friends in high places, like Jacky “Eternal Envy” Mao willing to do the dirty work for you!
On a more serious and relevant note: Showing fans they are ready to commit and dedicate themselves to the game, Na’Vi launched a dedicated website. The Ukrainians tried to encourage fans to cast their Summit 3 redemption votes by giving away 10 Arcanas, on their social media channels.
— Natus Vincere (@natusvincere) April 13, 2015
Virtus.Pro, pleading for mercy:
Team Empire’s Twitter Guy put in a valiant effort.
Okay so if Team Empire gets a slot at #TheSummit3 – i will bleach my hair, rap over Eminem song and take over BTS twitter if they let me!
— Team Empire (@team_empire) April 12, 2015
— Team Empire (@team_empire) April 14, 2015
You can root for them kiddos in PJs or for real men who won't back down pic.twitter.com/YDs7RBwR0I
— Team Empire (@team_empire) April 3, 2015
You can root for the captain without a ship or for a man of his word and working hard for his country pic.twitter.com/udsWpzmF6Q
— Team Empire (@team_empire) April 3, 2015
Summit 2 Redemption Vote
Cloud 9 secured their place with their campaign for the Summit 2 with active campaigning by Jacky “Eternal Envy” Mao and help from Evil Geniuses.
Selling Out pays Off: Not only did Eternal Envy campaign hard and openly for his team, he “made good” on the hot tub interview.
@EternaLEnVy1991 so you're saying you want to do a hot tub interview? thanks EE!!
— Aui 2000 (@Aui_2000) November 10, 2014
In EternalEnvy’s own words, “nothing actually matters in life anymore when you do a tub interview”.
Nothing actually matters in life anymore when you do a tub interview
— EternaLEnVy (@EternaLEnVy1991) May 15, 2015
Saahil “Universe” Arora got involved to help campaign for former teammate Kurtis “Aui_200” Ling with this classic video.
Straight to the point: The Chinese team got in on the action and posted a video to plead to their fanbase for support.
El Classico show you how it’s done: Na’Vi stepped up the production value and showed fans how to cast their votes.
Beyond the Summit‘s goal was to create a “behind the scenes” oriented tournament, inspired by TakeTV’s Homestory Cup in StarCraft 2. The format was designed to give fans an inside peek into their favorite players’ personalities and experience an entirely different capacity, while still providing quality production and matches. The tournament takes place inside the BTS house, as a way to further enhance the intimacy and laid back environment.
The Summit tournaments have been taking place since June 2014, starting with a base prize pool of $50,000, which has now doubled to $100,000. It has since grown into a cult-like classic, becoming one of the most fan and player favorite events.