For starters, we wanted the group stage to have its own prize pool, separate from the LAN Grand Finals. And to have it tiered as well, so teams would always fight for a bigger slice of the winnings, not just the LAN slot.
Secondly, we knew that the Grand Finals should definitely be worthy of the name and effort. There’s no point in going through all this trouble just so you get a slightly higher amount when you become Champion. Thirdly, we set aside $10,000 as travel support for the four teams that will qualify at DreamHack Bucharest 2015 ($2,500 / team).
With all this in mind, we settled on $8,500 for each group ($17,000 in all), divided as follows:
Aside from taking the lion’s share of the cash prize, 1st place from each group will also secure a slot at the LAN Grand Finals. 2nd, 3rd and 4th place teams will go on to fight in the Last Chance tournament.
Once there, a separate $8,000 prize pool will be divided as follows:
For obvious reasons, the happiest campers (no pun intended!) will be the teams in 1st and 2nd place. Not only will they secure some additional funding, but they will also punch the last tickets for the Grand Finals.
And speaking of the Grand Finals, this is where things get really interesting, with $75,000 up for grabs: