Alliance Cash prize through Tuesday (Active pool, bounty swimming pool): Alliance– $21,000, $5,000 Team Nigma– $21,000, $5,000 Team Secret– $20,000, 0 OG– $20,000, 0Team Liquid– $9,000, 0 Ninjas in Pyjamas– $9,000, 0– Field Level Media

Group Nigma and Alliance each won on Tuesday to advance to the upper-bracket semifinals, as the $145,000 BLAST Bounty Hunt Dota 2 online occasion kicked off. Nigma fought previous Team Liquid 2-1, while Alliance swept Ninjas in Pyjamas in the best-of-three format. Nigma will next face Team Trick on Wednesday, while Alliance will play OG.

Liquid and NiP fell under the lower bracket and will wait for challengers for matches on Thursday. The playoffs-only event features 6 groups, all of whom were invited, with Secret and OG getting byes to the upper-bracket semifinals. All matches are best-of-three up until Saturday’s best-of-five grand final.

Instead of prize money based on ending up position, each group started with an active money pool: $20,000 each for Secret and OG and $15,000 for the other 4 teams. Each match winner takes 40 percent of their challenger’s active money swimming pool, suggesting Nigma and Alliance each claimed $6,000 from their opponents on Tuesday. There is likewise $45,000 offered by means of bounty hunt, with prizes awarded for numerous accomplishments. Nigma won $5,000 Tuesday for keeping one staff member alive for the duration of a game, while Alliance won $5,000 for not permitting NiP to acquire control of their outpost for an entire game. Still available are a $20,000 reward for eliminating a single enemy player 20 times in one video game, and a $15,000 prize for eliminating at least nine of the opponent’s couriers in a video game.

Nigma opened with a 27-minute success over Liquid on Tuesday, but Liquid leveled it with a 37-minute win. Nigma reacted in the decider with a success in 40 minutes. Amer “Wonder-” Al-Barkawi blazed a trail with a kills/deaths/assists ratio of 11/2.7/ 6.7. Alliance made relatively quick work of NiP, winning the first video game in 25 minutes and the second in 40. Nikolay “Nikobaby” Nikolov completed with a 13.5/ 3.5/ 12 KDA ratio in the comfy success.

Wednesday’s schedule: Group Secret vs. Team Nigma

OG vs. Alliance Cash prize through Tuesday (Active swimming pool, bounty pool):.