DotaTalk proudly brings to you the continuation of the Gigabyte E-Sports Tournament (GEST) Dota 2. Aiming to be one of Southeast Asia’s flagship events, the tournament will feature 8 different qualifiers spanning on different countries across the region.
After a successful start last year, GEST Dota 2 will be returning this year. While it follows a similar format from last year’s, this year is all for outdoing that. GEST will feature a very lucrative prize pool of more than USD 46,000 throughout the season, and a coverage more extensive than ever.
The tournament will start with the GMPGL Dota 2, a monthly tournament which will serve as either a national or a regional qualifier. The Philippine qualifier will be hosted by Mineski, while the other seven will be hosted by DotaTalk. The top team/s will advance into GEST Dota 2 competition, with the number of advancing teams being determined by the number of the participants and the discretion of the organizer.
The top finishers of the qualifiers will get specific purses, aside from the winner of the ‘Non-SEA’ qualifier. On addition to the prize pool and the qualification for the top finisher/s, the top 8 teams of each qualifier will also earn points depending on how well they do on the tournament. These points will be accumulated and will also garner particular prizes for the top performers at the end of the season.
Six out of the eight qualifiers for the February leg are over. A recap about it, and a table with the points collected by the participating teams will be released soon.
The advancing teams will then proceed to the GEST Dota 2 Tournament. The winners of the qualifiers will battle it out for pride and supremacy. Once the dust settles, the winner would have also found themselves USD 1,000 richer.
This tournament will also be held monthly. For the first leg, the GEST Dota 2 Tournament will be held from the 5th to the 6th of March 2013, and will follow a Best-of-three Single Elimination format.
As the GMPGL Dota 2, the top two finishers of GEST Dota 2 will also earn qualification on another tournament – GEST The Challenge.
GEST The Challenge will be held every two months. This means that four teams will advance from GEST Dota 2, and these teams will compete against invited teams from China. This tournament will give SEA teams the chance to compete not only with local teams, but also with teams from the country which dominated the previous The International.
Of course, the matches will be available on DotaTV. A tournament ticket will be available at the Dota 2 Store, and each ticket will cover a quarter (2 months) of the season. This means that each ticket will give the bearer access to two ‘GMPGL Dota 2’ and two ‘GEST Dota 2’ tournaments, as well as one ‘GEST, The Challenge’ tournament. This also means that a total of four tickets will be put onto sale on the span of the season.
GEST Dota 2 had a trial run last year. Orange won the main tournament, while LGD.int came out victorious on GEST The Challenge.