Betway Midas Mode 2.0 is one of the most entertaining tournaments to watch as we, the viewers, have the opportunity to take part. In fact, the Dota 2 community is probably the main reason why this tournament is currently live in the first place.
In case you don’t know, when Valve announced their new DPC rules, it turned out that the dates of the first qualifiers were overlapping with Midas Mode. Needless to say, this spelled the doom of the tournament as no team would want to miss out on a DPC event. Luckily, there were countless Reddit threads in support of SirActionSlack’s project. This forced Valve to actually listen to the community and they thankfully postponed their qualifiers.
As expected, we’ve had a wild start to this amazing tournament. It was definitely expected to see the entire talents list, but the thing that caught us off-guard was the appearance of Gabe Newell, Valve’s CEO. Probably the coolest billionaire on the planet took the time to welcome all viewers to the tournament.
The opening game of the day was between the TI 3-winning roster of Alliance and Sir Sadim’s Stunners. However, Gustav “s4” Magnusson had some issues which prevented him from playing. Instead, Rasmus “Chessie” Blomdin took his role. Even though the fans were definitely not happy, the change was for the better. Alliance was able to rip through Janne “Gorgc” Stefanovki’s stack like a knife through butter.
After that, we saw a couple of matches in the NA bracket. Needless to say, J.Storm was able to overrun their enemies with little to no effort required. This gave them plenty of ‘moonbucks’ to work with, which are the key resource to success in Midas Mode 2.0.
The thing that makes this tournament unique is the bounties. They are basically different challenges made by the community. According to the organizers, each day will have its own 10 bounties which can be completed by certain teams. Even though this is not mandatory, the bounties are a great way of earning moonbucks, which are used for pretty much everything – including picking heroes.
Day one bounties
Random Roles was the first challenge, providing 300 moonbucks. In order to complete it, every player from a team had to type “/roll” at the start of the draft. The player with the highest roll had to play pos 1, then pos 2 and so on.
99 Problems but CS AIn’t One provided 250 moonbucks. In order to complete it, at least one hero from a team had to finish the game with 0 CS.
Bringing a Knife to a Gun Fight required teams to get five melee heroes in exchange for 175 moonbucks.
Technical Issues was definitely one of the most interesting challenges, despite providing only 150 moonbucks. In order to complete it, a player who knows that the enemy sees him had to stay still and do nothing for over 30 seconds without dying.
A mango a day keeps the doctor away gave 100 moonbucks. In order to complete it, one hero had to have five active mangos at once, all the time, until tier one goes down.
Tunnel Vision also gave 100 moonbucks and the teams had to win without destroying any barracks. Luckily, the gg counted.
Football was the last challenge that provided 100 moonbucks. In order to complete it, a hero had to purchase and carry a gem to the enemy’s fountain and drop it there before the 30th-minute mark. Sadly, you could not use global teleports or blinks.
Teambuilding Exercise was probably one of the strangest challenges of the game. Whenever someone of your team died, they had to write something they did in real life in the “all-chat”. In order to collect the 75 moonbucks, every single player had to do this once during the game.
Game Theory provided 75 moonbucks and in order to receive them teams had to deny their own bounty runes when the game started.
It’s Halloween was the easiest challenge of the day but it also provided only 5 moonbucks. Completing it required a player to kill an enemy within 5 seconds after saying “boo” in the chat.
Be sure to watch the second day of this incredible tournament. We can’t wait to see what the new challenges are going to be!