The 2020 Pulsefire Cup is a League of Legends tournament hosted by the Vietnam (VCS) region, featuring some specific and crazy rules.
If you’re looking for some competitive League of Legends to fill the gap until professional leagues resume for the Summer Split, the VCS has you covered. The Pulsefire Cup started this week and is already one of the most unique League of Legends tournaments of all time.
The Pulsefire Cup features eight teams, split into two groups, to play a single round-robin before the top two teams from each group advance to the knockout stages. The single-elimination format involves the semi-finals, which will be best of three games, and a final, which will be best of five games.
However, there’s a unique twist to this tournament. The Pulsefire Cup involves the Pulsefire Law which places all champions that own a Pulsefire or Praetorian skin into the Pulsefire Group. Champions in the Pulsefire Group cannot be banned by either team and each team must draft two of the champions for their composition in every game.
In the knockout stages, champions from outside the Pulsefire Group can only be picked or banned once during a series.
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The caliber of talent in the Pulsefire Cup is pretty high. Six of the eight participating teams competed in the VCS Spring Split, while the other two teams are entering the VCS for the Summer Split after winning in the promotion tournament. Here is a full list of the eight competitors:
- CERBERUS Esports
- Dashing Buffalo
- EVOS Esports
- GAM Esports
- OverPower Esports
- Percent Esports
- Team Flash
- Team Secret
The winner of the Pulsefire Cup will win 100,000,000 Vietnamese Dong ($4,282USD).
This is one of the most unique tournaments League of Legends has ever seen and is definitely worth tuning in for. The quality of play might not be the highest, but the Pulsefire Cup is a stop-gap for avid competitive League viewers who are impatiently waiting for the start of the Summer Split.
The Pulsefire Cup began on Sunday, 17 May, and concludes on Sunday, 24. The tournament can be viewed in full on the VETV7 Esports YouTube channel!