Today marked the first day of America qualifiers for the Dota 2 Asia Championships with the opening match between FIRE and CompLexity resulting in a resounding 2-1 victory for FIRE. The current match features Cloud 9 facing off Team eHug in a best of three, with with the odds favoring Cloud 9 3:1 on Dotalounge.
Teams from around the globe will duke it out for a remaining eight slots for the LAN finals. Four slots are available for the Asian qualifiers, with one slot for the America and European qualifiers each, as well as two wild card slots. Eight teams are already qualified for the LAN finals including The International Grand Finalists Newbee and Vici Gaming, guaranteeing an interesting tournament.
The Dota 2 Asia Championships use the same crowdfunding strategy as The International 2014 in that fans have the option to purchase a Compendium that allows them play along with the tournament, picking favorite players and predicting outcomes of games, among a few other things. Players will earn points to level up their compendiums by participating in these games. Leveling up a compendium grants increased rewards such as alternative styles for items, a Krane the Enlightened courier, additional cosmetic items, and custom features like three of five loading screens and cursors. The remaining two loading screens can then be obtained by leveling up the compendium for a complete collection. Players who wish to power level their compendiums for all the rewards have the options of forking over real world gold for points with 500 points holding an asking price of $2.49 and 2,400 points for $9.99. Every 100 points attained grants a compendium level.
Similar to The International 2014, the Dota 2 Asia Championships use a stretch goal system to encourage players to purchase compendiums and points, with 25% of every purchase going to the prize pool. As of the first match this evening over $1.2 million has accumulated, the second highest Dota 2 Prize pool next to the International’s. Stretch goal achievements earned caster cosplays, emotes, and a Perfect World Dota 2 Concert.
Qualifiers will continue until the completion of the wild card round on January 28th. Similar to TI, fans do not need to purchase a ticket or the compendium to watch the tournament. Western viewers can enjoy the matches on the in-game client on Dota.tv, or by watching it on Beyond The Summit’s Twitch channel.