The New Blood Championships is an amateurs-only tournament featuring a $40,000 prize pool and a chance for hopefuls from Southeast Asia to break into the professional competitive scene.
The New Blood Championships
Following the success of Galaxy Battles, Hongkong-based esports organisation, Purpose Win Entertainment Limited (PWEL), and the Malaysian Esports company, Fallout Gaming (FG), have decided to team up once again. However, this time around, their tournament isn’t aimed towards pros. Instead, their goal this time is to give rise to the rising stars in SEA.
The “New Blood Championships” is set to be the first tournament of its kind in SEA; it’s solely for players without any previous competitive Dota 2 background.
The tournament is divided into the three phrases.
In the first phase, players and teams from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, will play through each of their respective country’s online qualifiers. From there, phase two will start, where teams who made it through the online qualifiers will then play in the national LAN finals for a spot in the playoffs.
The final phase will then pit eight teams against each other for a $25,000 prize pool in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The top two teams in the playoffs will receive direct invites to the second season of Galaxy Battles, while teams who finish in third and fourth place will each receive a slot in the Top 16 of the SEA Open Qualifiers for the said event.
The second season of Galaxy Battles will take place sometime in January of 2018 in Manila, Philippines.
Rise Up Young Blood
Southeast Asia has long had a reputation for fostering some of the best Dota 2 players in the world. Legendary players, Chai ‘Mushi’ Yee Fung and Daryl Koh ‘iceiceice’ Pei Xiang both come from the said region. The same goes for teams such as TNC Pro Team and Execration, who each finished in 9th-12th and 13th-16th place respectively at this year’s The International.
Hopefully, the New Blood Championships helps kick start the careers of a handful of professional hopefuls from the SEA region.
The open qualifiers will kick off with Malaysia and the Philippines on September 8, 2017. Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand will follow a week later on September 15, 2017.
Registrations for the open qualifiers is still open. For those interested, be sure to head on over to the tournament’s official website.
What do you think? Will the New Blood Championships help give rise to a new SEA powerhouse team? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.