The format is double elim, but the game mode is different from normal, since every hero can only be picked or banned ONCE every series. And there are an additional 10 heroes banned beforehand from the community.
Tournament is mainly NA/EU stacked.
The participants are:
- Evil Geniuses http://wiki.teamliquid.net/dota2/Evil_Geniuses
- complexity http://wiki.teamliquid.net/dota2/CompLexity_Gaming
- Digital Chaos http://wiki.teamliquid.net/dota2/Digital_Chaos
- NP http://wiki.teamliquid.net/dota2/Team_NP
- Team Liquid http://wiki.teamliquid.net/dota2/Team_Liquid
- OG http://wiki.teamliquid.net/dota2/OG
- Escape Gaming http://wiki.teamliquid.net/dota2/Escape_Gaming
And Kaipi originally, but since they disbanded I assume, there are negotiations ongoing on who can replace them.
Winner can let it rain with 10,000 $.