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A rapidly rising cultural phenomenon, Esports viewership is predicted to top 250 million viewers by 2020. Growing at a breathtaking rate, major brands have begun to take notice of Esports and invest in it. Giving you wings, Red Bull is one of the said brands to get into the action.
Presenting the Red bull River Runes. A 1v1 Dota 2 tournament hosted by Gamer.LK and event partners SLT and Colombo City Centre, where the chosen will have the chance to showcase their skills and prove themselves worthy of the arena.
An invite-only event, Red Bull River Runes is open to Dota 2 players from clans who are a member of the Sri Lanka Esports Association. The invited clans and representing players are

  • Xiphos eSports
  • PhoeniX Gaming
  • Noob Alliance
  • Maximum eSports
  • Tech Morph Gaming
  • WolfGang eSports
  • Evox eSports
  • Division eSports
  • Death Pact

A new twist on 1v1 mid games

Unlike the traditional 1v1 mid games you’re accustomed to seeing at tournaments like The International, games played at Red Bull River Runes, will be based on a unique custom game mode. Dubbed Red Bull R1v1r Runes, this modified version of a 1v1 mid game makes for a challenging one-on-one matchup. Contrary to normal 1v1 mid games, both heroes will start off in the mid lane with 3 Items already in their inventory. Namely the Blink Dagger, the Bottle, and an Observer Ward. Instead of having to farm experience and level up from scratch, heroes will also start off at Level 6, making it such that their ultimates will come online right off the bat. Players are also given a random item at the 5-minute and 10-minute marks, and a Divine Rapier is dropped at each of their towers at the 15-minute mark. The winning objective, however, remains the same as the traditional 1v1 mid game. Kill your enemy twice or destroy their Tier 1 Tower.

The tournament format

Consisting of 6 Dota 2 players per clan, the tournament will host 54 players. Split into 6 groups, the group stages of the tournament will be played in the single elimination format, but there’s a twist. 2 groups will have only 8 players. Based on a social media poll, two players will earn a slot in the final bracket, depending on their popularity. The 52 other players will have to duke it out in the group stage and the winner of each group will advance into the final bracket. The final 8 will play in the single elimination format as well

When, where and the winner’s prize stash courtesy of Gamer.LK

With Rs. 150,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, the Red Bull River Runes tournament will take place on Saturday the 27th of October at the Colombo City Centre from 9.30 am onwards.
With a fully decked out Esports athlete kit fit for a DotA 2 pro, the prizes are as follows

First place –

  • 1 x Gamdias gaming chair
  • 1 x HyperX Elite Gaming Keyboard
  • 1 x HyperX Pulsefire Surge Gaming Mouse
  • 1 x HyperX Cloud Alpha Gaming Headset

Second place –

  • 1 x Gamdias gaming chair
  • 1 x HyperX Pulsefire Surge Gaming Mouse

Third place –

  • 1 x Gamdias gaming chair