If you’re a fan of Valve’s complex and highly competitive MOBA game Dota 2, you should definitely be following the Red Bull Battlegrounds Tournament which is currently ongoing and set to conclude in San Francisco, CA on May 10. The tournament is bringing some of the most highly-skilled Dota 2 teams from around the world together in a series of intense qualifiers before the top five teams emerge from the qualifiers and subsequent playoffs for the chance to be one of two teams featured in the grand finals. Want to learn more about the Red Bull Battlegrounds Tournament? Then by all means keep reading.
The Best of the Best
For the 2015 iteration of the Red Bull Battlegrounds, tournament organizers have spared no expense in order to get the very best Dota 2 teams on board. In addition to American favorites such as Summer’s Rift and Tinker, the tournament is also hosting top European teams such as Cloud 9, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Alliance. The recent China qualifier which was held this past weekend featured a narrow win for Invictus Gaming against LGD and the week before that had Team Malaysia come out on top in the Southeast Asia qualifier.
Needless to say, if top-tier pro Dota 2 competition is the only thing that gets your blood pumping, you’re going to want to mark April 16 (the Russia/CIS qualifier), April 17 (the European qualifier), and April 28 (the North American qualifier) on your calendar. The winners from each qualifier will then come together on May 5-6 in the playoffs being held in Santa Monica, CA and whichever two teams emerge victorious in the playoffs will clash one last time in a best-of-three series of matches on May 10 in San Francisco.
New Car, Same Parts
The Red Bull Battlegrounds has actually been around since 2012 but, until now, it was a tournament based around Blizzard’s popular RTS game Starcraft 2. For the 2015 iteration, tournament organizers decided to mix things up and feature a game that had the same sort of hyper-competitive following as Starcraft 2 but which also contained more active and varied gameplay. The intricately minute details involved in effectively picking a properly synergized Dota 2 team and leading it to victory against an equally-balanced and equally-skilled team combined with the fast-paced gameplay and split-second team-plays that make MOBAs such an engaging eSport to watch made Dota 2 an obvious choice for this year’s Red Bull Battlegrounds.
Make Your Mark
Is watching the top Dota 2 teams from around the world square off not enough for you? Would you rather be showing off your own skills to the world? Well as it happens, the Red Bull Battlegrounds also have a special secondary tournament, called the San Jose LAN, which is set to be held on May 9, the day before the Red Bull Battlegrounds grand finals. Simply buying a San Jose LAN ticket is all that’s required to enter but you’ll want to get to the tournament early as only the first 100 players to show up will be allowed to compete in the San Jose LAN. The tournament will feature constantly revolving solo queues which will include pro players, famous Dota 2 and Red Bull Battlegrounds personalities, and, obviously, the 100 players who purchased San Jose LAN tickets. After a series of elimination matches, whichever two competitors remain undefeated will captain a team in the final All-Stars match which will be played during the Red Bull Battlegrounds grand finals on May 10.
Even if you don’t want to directly compete, you can still come to the San Jose LAN to spectate and cheer on your friends and/or favorite pro players. All San Jose LAN attendees will also get to attend a meet and greet where they can chat with their favorite pros and personalities in a more casual environment.
Let The Battle Begin!
Whether you’re attending in person or watching from home, the Red Bull Battlegrounds is one tournament you won’t want to miss if you care at all about high-level Dota 2 competition. If you want to attend in person, you can purchase tickets to the Red Bull Battlegrounds here. Livestreams for each of the qualifiers as well as the playoffs and grand finals will be broadcast from the official Red Bull Battlegrounds website and you can also hit up the site if you want to read up on schedules and brackets for each of the planned events. There’s still a lot more action to be seen at this year’s Red Bull Battlegrounds so be sure to bookmark the Battlegrounds website, mark your calendar, and get ready for one of the fiercest Dota 2 competitions to be held this year!
Special thanks to Dana Whitney of One PR Studios for providing additional information about the Red Bull Battlegrounds tournament.