BLAST Bounty Hunt is an important online Dota 2 event organized by RFRSH, the same company that holds the famous BLAST Pro Series & BLAST Premier tournaments in CS:GO. In this article, I will take a close look at this competition, its teams and the esports betting opportunities it provides for those who want to bet on Dota 2.
BLAST Bounty Hunt is scheduled to take place between June 9th - 13th on the European server. Most likely, EU West. The tournament offers $145,000 in prizes and brings together 6 very strong teams. Practically, everyone that counts in this region (CIS not included) will take part in the race.
These are the 6 teams that will participate in BLAST Bounty Hunt:
BLAST Bounty Hunt will be played in a double-elimination format. All 6 teams will start in the Upper Bracket. However, Team Secret and OG are directly qualified for the second round of Upper Bracket matches, while Liquid, Nigma, Alliance, and NiP will start in the first round. All matches are Bo3, except for the Grand Final (Bo5).
Here’s a brief analysis of the teams.
Nigma had a rough season overall, missing the first Major and finishing 9th – 12th at the 2nd one. However, they did win two important events outside of the Dota Pro Circuit. These events were WePlay! Bukovel Minor 2020 and WePlay! Dota 2 Tug of War: Mad Moon.
Starting with April, Nigma went into a period of decline. First they finished 7th – 8th at ESL One Los Angeles 2020 – Online: Europe & CIS, and then they did even worse at WePlay! Pushka League Season 1 (11th – 12th out of 14 teams).
More recently, at ESL One Birmingham 2020 (Europe & CIS), Nigma started to play well again, finishing the Group Stage with 6 wins and 1 loss. Then they went on to lose the first Upper Bracket match against VP.Prodigy and win their first Lower Bracket match against Team Liquid. Right now, they’re about to play in the Semifinals of the Lower Bracket. It will be interesting to see what they can do against Team Secret on June 5th. But regardless of that result, we can clearly see that KuroKy and his squad can play high-level Dota once again.
Going into BLAST Bounty Hunt, I expect Nigma to finish in the top 3.
Team Secret is probably the best team in the world at the moment. Not only have they won the 2nd DPC Major of the season, but they also played in 4 other Grand Finals, winning 3 of them. And every one of these victories was amazing: 3 – 0 against VP.Prodigy, 3 – 0 against Natus Vincere, and 3 – 0 against Team Liquid.
When it comes to its roster, Secret has one of the most talented groups of players in the circuit: MATUMBAMAN (carry), Nisha (mid), zai (offlane), YapzOr (roam) and Puppey (support). Every single one of these players is a legend in some sense. MATU and Puppey are former TI winners, Nisha has been with Secret since the start of last season, winning multiple Majors and finishing 4th at The International 2019, YapzOr is one of the best position 4 players in the world, and zai has 3 top 4 finishes at TI plus many other Major titles.
At BLAST Bounty Hunt, Secret is expected to play in the Grand Final. Anything less would be a disappointment for them and the fans.
OG has had an abysmal performance in the last few months, finishing among the last at WePlay! Pushka League Season 1 (10th out of 14) and 13th – 14th at ESL One Birmingham 2020 – Online: Europe & CIS. The team also had two good results: at ESL One Los Angeles 2020 (2nd) and OGA Dota PIT 2020 (3rd).
This enormous variation is competitive form can be explained in part by the constant roster changes they’ve had to make in order to replace unavailable players or allow them to return to the team. Right now, OG is finally playing in its standard formation. The results so far have been poor, but that’s understandable. The players will need a few weeks or even a few months to get into the rhythm of competing as a cohesive unit. What worries analysts about this roster is the role overlap. No less than 3 players are native midlaners. This practically means that OG is competing with an improvised carry and offlaner. Hence the poor results. But we’ll have to see how things evolve as the weeks go by. Just like with any exceptional group of players, the more time you give them, the better they become.
Going into BLAST Bounty Hunt, I expect OG to finish 4th, simply because the competitive level is very high and they’re not ready. Normally, they wouldn’t even finish 4th, but they’re starting in the 2nd round of the Upper Bracket, so they’re guaranteed the 4th place.
Liquid finished 5th - 6th at the latest tournament it participated in (ESL One Birmingham 2020), proving to be a strong team overall. If you look at their results in 2020, you will see a lot of notable performances: 5th – 6th at DreamLeague Season 13 (Major!), 4th at DOTA Summit 12, 3rd – 4th at WeSave! Charity Paly EU & CIS, 3rd at WePlay! Pushka League Season 1, and 2nd at OGA Dota PIT 2020. Their only big failure this year was at ESL One Los Angeles, where they finished 11th – 12th.
At the upcoming BLAST Bounty Hunt, I expect Liquid to finish around the middle of the pack.
Alliance has managed to keep a consistent presence in the top 8 and even top 6 and every single event this year. They finished 4th at the second Major of the season, 2nd at StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor Season 3, 5th – 6th at WePlay! Pushka League Season 1 and OGA Dota PIT 2020, and 7th – 8th at ESL One Los Angeles 2020.
The strong point of Alliance is its roster. This team was already impressive even before s4 joined as its captain and fng as its position 5 support. But now it looks phenomenal. Going into BLAST Bounty Hunt, expectations are high from Alliance. I’d say 3rd or 4th wouldn’t be that big of a surprise.
NiP is SoNNeikO’s team and they’re not bad when 16 participants are in the race. But at a small event like this, where only big names are on the list, it’s hard to give them a chance. In all probability, NiP will finish 5th – 6th.
Keep an eye on Vulkanbet if you want to take advantage of all the Dota 2 betting odds that will be available during the tournament. You can already bet on the first two matches of the tournament:
|Alliance||1.58*||Vs.||2.31*||Ninjas In Pyjamas|
*Odds are subject to change.