All Otaku DotA 2 Open Registrations Open

The registrations for All Otaku Magazine’s DotA 2 tournament have officially opened! The details for the tournament’s rules and registration are all in the tabs below with links for additional information and the official registration form. We hope to see a big turn out for the tournament on Steam, and wish the best of luck to those who register!

All Otaku Dota 2 Open

Tournament Structure

Tournament Format

Game Version:  DotA 2 (Most up to date Steam Version)
Competition Method: 5 versus 5 (Team Play, 5 players per team)
Sides:  Radiant / Dire (Starting sides decided by coin toss)
Victory Condition: First team to destroy the opposing teams Ancient (Main Building) or First team to cause other team to forfeit map.
Location: Online
Game Mode: Captain Mode

Match Structure

The match structure of this tournament will depend upon how many teams register, if we have 16 teams the format will be 4 groups of 4 or 2 groups of 8 and if we have 32 teams the format will be 4 groups of 8 or 8 groups of 4. Teams will play a round robin for points to decide the winners who progresses to the next rounds. The top teams go through to knockout. Possible quarter finals should there be 8 groups and semifinals will be played in a best of 3 format. Finals in a best of 5.

Basic Rules and Regulations


Tournament Specific Rules:

  • All competitors must be present at the tournament lobby 15 minutes prior to their scheduled match.
  • If a competitor has to leave the tournament lobby during their scheduled match, a referee/ official must be informed.


  • The tournament officials must be referred to before any substitution takes place.
  • Teams are allowed 3 substitution per game.
  • Substitutions can only be done before or after a match is played.
  • The substitute must not be registered with another team competing in the tournament.
  • The substitute player must be registered with the team prior to the tournament starting.
  • A maximum of 3 substitutes members are allowed per team.


  • The sharing of basic regeneration items, consumables, and gems are allowed. Items shared may not be kept or used for any other purpose (ie reselling).
  • It is not allowed to purposefully suicide to drop item for another player.
  • Backdooring is allowed.
  • Any cheats, hacks or exploits are illegal and not allowed in play.
  • The substitute player must be registered with the team prior to the tournament starting.


  • If any player disconnects during a match, the game will be paused (default is F9) until the player has reconnected. Pausing is not used for any other reason.

Server Crash:

  • In the case of a server crash, the game can be continued from the latest save. The person who hosted the lobby for the match will have the option (game setup option) to load from a save file when they host again. The save file is generated every minute in the background.
  • In the unlikely event that the reload does not work, the game will be replayed with the same exact hero picks and lane movements until the first creep wave of the Radiant and Dire side meets.


  • Competitors will conduct themselves in a reasonable manner, maintaining a friendly and polite demeanour to spectators, competitors, members of the press, tournament staff, and to other participants of the event.
  • Competitors must remain quiet when inside the designated tournament lobby. Talking is permitted, but must be kept at a reasonable level, and away from other competitors. It is strictly forbidden for spectators to communicate with a player while he or she is competing.
  • Competitors will refrain from the use of vulgar language during the entire competition. All rules of conduct also apply to chatting through the game console.
  • Competitors are expected to compete in a professional manner. Throwing a match, halting play without cause, or showing a flagrant lack of effort will be construed as a violation of player conduct, and will result in match forfeit and disqualification from the tournament.
  • The board of referees has the right to disqualify and dismiss any registered player from the tournament, at their discretion, at any stage of the tournament, for any reason, with no prior warning to the player.


  • Impersonating an eligible player by attempting to alias as them, using their Steam account or by any other method is prohibited and will result in the aliasing player and the player they are aliasing as being removed from the tournament.


  • Exploiting game or map bugs/glitches/flaws (“exploits”) for the purposes of gaining an unfair advantage is prohibited. Exploits that are not specifically named here are still prohibited but will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
  • There are currently no exceptions.

Third Party Software:

  • The use of any third-party addons, hooks, programs or wrappers that interact with or alter the Dota 2 client, its appearance or behaviour for the purposes of gaining an unfair advantage is prohibited. Players and teams caught using such addons will, at the discretion of the tournament administrators, be removed from the tournament and forfeit any prizes awarded by their position.
  • Exceptions: Third party voice communication software such as (but not limited to) Ventrilo, Teamspeak and Mumble are allowed.

For the full list of rules, check out the Rules page on the All Otaku Mag site.

Registration Details and Prizes


Winners of the All Otaku Dota 2 Open will receive cash prizes to the total value of R 3000.00.

First Prize – R1500.00
Second Prize – R1000.00
Third Prize – R500.00

In the event of 32 teams registering, the prize pool will be elevated as follows:

First Prize – R2500.00
Second Prize – R1500.00
Third Prize – R1000

Registration Details

  • To register for the All Otaku Dota 2 Open teams will need to complete the form linked below. Once the all details have been handed, in teams will receive an email informing them of whether they have been accepted into the tournament or not on the 9th of August 2013.
  • Teams will then have 3 days to pay the R 100.00 entrance fee before a standby team is notified to take their place. Registration fees will be deposited via EFT with the bank details provided in the confirmation email, team names will serve as a reference when making payment.
  • Once Payment has shown in the account a confirmation email will be sent to the team captains with the final event information.
  • Registration closes 5 days before the tournament starts, on the 9th of August. Once Registration closes, all fees paid to All Otaku Magazine, are non-refundable.

To access the registration form, check out the All Otaku Magazine Registration page.

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  • St3baS

    From what time to what time would teams be expecting to play on each day?

    • CataclysmicDawn

      I’m assuming it would be in the evening, but schedules will probably be finalised when the tournament roster is confirmed.

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