October 4, 2019

What happened at Midas Mode 2?

Midas Mode is a Dota 2 game mode created by MoonDuck. The mode is centered around fun tactics, bounties and a whole new type of currency called Moonbucks. The mode drew tons of attention, to the point that it received a tournament way back in November 2017. The tournament used a round-robin format and included teams from Europe and North America.

This year, MoonDuck brought Midas Mode back to the Dota 2 community. This time with a new region participating. Midas Mode 2.0 featured Asia in its regional groups and with a prize pool of $150,000, which was divided among the three regional groups. Teams did not hesitate to join in on the fun.

This year, Midas Mode 2.0 featured two online mascots that are apart of the mode. Mr. Midas and Sir. Sadim, brothers that love and hate each other. This time around, Sir. Sadim is in charge:

Hello, fools. It is I, Sir Sadim, twin brother of Mr. Midas and the new RULER of the Betway Midas Mode 2. My idiotic brother used all of the money our mother gave us as children to make his favorite mod DOTA into a full-fledged sequel with Valve Software. After 30 years of hiding, he has finally revealed himself to make his dream tournament, the Betway Midas Mode 2. Since discovering my brother’s whereabouts, I have systematically destroyed everything he holds dear.

His bank accounts? Hacked. His precious Dota 2? Mine. And most importantly, his innovative and beloved tournament, FALLS TO ME. This time, it’s MY MIDAS MODE. If he wants it back, he’s going to need your help but I know you idiots will never be able to pull it off. Enjoy!”

— Sir Sadim

Midas Mode 2.0 ran a period of eight days: September 24 to October 2.

Basic Rules

The mode’s rules are quite interesting. Considering it’s an entirely different game, the mode has its own unique rules:

Added in-game currency called MoonBucks

  • Each team starts out with 7,500 MoonBucks

Actions that cost Moonbucks

  • Picking/Banning Heroes (Price differs depending on the pick rate/win rate of the hero. Prices change after every match)
  • Pausing the game
  • Choosing sides (Blind auction)

Actions that give Moonbucks

  • Randoming
  • Passing on Bans
  • Completing Bounties (Challenges that change every day and reward double if the game is won)

Penalties for running out of Moonbucks

  • Teams can only pick the cheapest heroes
  • Teams cannot ban heroes, pause the match or choose sides

Find a list of the daily-changing bounties at the bottom of this page.

Who participated in the event?

Midas Mode 2 had a share of trouble before its commencement. The tournament was announced months ago before its start which created scheduling problems.

Valve released plans for the Dota 2 Pro Circuit last September. The plans which set dates for their qualifiers created obstacles for Mooduck and their respective business partners.

An uproar of the Dota 2 community resolved the issue, fixing conflicting DPC schedules. With conclusion to the issue, professional Dota 2 players rushed to secure a piece of the fun.

Four teams from each region participated:

Screenshot from Liquidpedia

Results of Midas Mode 2.0

It was a long but entertaining week of events—from teams completing absurd challenges to casters and hosts performing insane stunts.

Throughout the tournament, professional teams have only been looking to have fun. Thanks to Moonduck, that was accomplished.

Although the event was made to provide enjoyment to the DOTA 2 community, a tournament always consists of a winner. Each regional bracket had their respective highlights:

Americas: J.Storm gets lucky despite the 3-kill difference, pulls off game-winning clash

Europe: Sir Sadim’s Stunners bully Alliance in the Grand Finals

Asia: One Mistake that cost Fnatic the game

Midas Mode 2 was another relaxing occasion for everyone to experience. Despite the recent troublesome scheduling with Valve. The tournament still pulled through and as a result. People are more interested in DOTA 2 game-mode styled tournaments.  Thanks to MoonDuck and supporters like SirActionSlacks. Midas Mode 2 has been a successful event yet again.

Written by Luna

 

Bounties Day 1 
Name Moonbucks Description
Random Roles 300 Every player /rolls at the start of the draft. The highest roll plays pos1, the 2nd highest plays pos2, etc.
99 Problems but CS ain’t one 250 Win the game with 0 CS on at least one hero.
Bringing a knife to a gunfight 175 Draft 5 melee heroes.
Technical Issues 150 A player in guaranteed enemy vision may proclaim “Technical Issues”. They then must stay motionless for 30 seconds and survive. Moving or dying before 30 seconds fails the bounty. Enemies must all be alive before you start the bounty.
Tunnel Vision 100 Win without destroying any barracks. If your opponents gg before you destroy any of their barracks you get the reward.
Football 100 Purchase a gem of truesight and score a “touchdown” by dropping it in the enemy fountain before 30 minutes using your hero. No global teleports or blinks to enter the base. The gem must be purchased from your team’s base.
A Mango a day keeps the doctor away 100 Have 5 active mangos in one hero’s inventory at all times until the first tier 1 tower falls in any side of the map.
Game Theory 75 Teams agree to deny their bounty runes at game start. If all 4 runes are denied, both teams get the reward. If any bounty rune is picked up, neither does.
It’s Halloween 75 A person with invisibility (not included being smoked) can type something spooky in chat. The bounty is won if they manage to kill an enemy hero in 5 seconds after saying “boo.”
Team Building Exercise 75 When a member of your team dies, they must all chat an apology to their own team for something they did IRL. Each person on the team must do this once during the game to collect the bounty.

 

Bounties Day 2 
Name Moonbucks Description
Misclick X A player must use an ultimate with more than 60 seconds cooldown on an enemy creep without hitting enemy heroes then all chat “misclick”. The reward is Moonbucks equal to 2x the CD of the spell.
The Great Migration 250 Teams must start at either end of the river as 5, and travel all the way to the opposite end without losing a hero. All chat “quack, quack, quack” to start. All enemy heroes must be alive at challenge start. You are a migrating flock of beautiful creatures, so remember to stay together as close as possible. If a fight occurs feel free to spread out for the engagement but you must return to 5 to where the fight began and then finish your journey to collect your reward.
For the Fans! 200 A player must all chat “VIP Experience” before his team attempts Roshan. If one hero dies in the attempt to Roshan or they successfully defeat Roshan, the team received the reward. Should the hero be killed by the enemy the reward will not be assessed. Must be complete before 20 minutes.
Not my fault 175 The player who dies first on their team must explain how it was their team’s fault they died. They must remain in the fountain for an additional 30 seconds after respawning to receive the bounty.
When will I ever use this in real life? 125 A maths problem will be written in all chat between 5 and 10 minutes into each game. The first team that answers correctly will receive a reward.
The Babe Ruth 125 Call out a player on the enemy team as being the next player in the match to die. There must be at least 20 seconds between the call and their death. If any other enemy is killed before the “marked for death” hero by your team (denies or suicides from enemies don’t count) the bounty is failed.

 

Bounties Day 3 
Name Moonbucks Description
Press F to pay respects 300 Drop a Eul’s scepter recipe on the grave marker for Kyle’s Eul’s between 23:55 and 24:05.
Run, Chicken, Run! 300 Have your courier touch both enemy shrines before the 3 minute mark. It must return safely to your base to complete the bounty.
Get down Mr. President! 200 Each team has the opportunity to set a VIP. If the VIP lasts the first 5 minutes, they win and get Moonbucks. If the opposing team also declares a VIP, you must kill their VIP within the first 5 minutes to claim the bounty.
Hide and Mango seek! 175 Your team must buy and hide 3 mangos outside of your base before the first bounty runes spawn. You cannot pick them up again. If two mangoes are found by the enemy before the game ends, the bounty is lost. All chat when you find a mango.
For Honor 175 One team can formally request a duel against the other team. If the enemy team accept, they shall both choose a champion among them, declare it, and meet mid and fight to the death. The winning hero earns moonbucks for the team.
Dance with the devil by the first moonlight 150 Enter the Rosh pit alone and get hit by Rosh in the first 5 minutes and survive.

 

Bounties Day 4 
Name Moonbucks Description
The enemy of my enemy is my friend 300 Team up to Kill Super Roshan at any stage of the game. Both teams get the bounty and you have to deny the aegis. You can’t fight for 10 seconds starting when Roshan dies. To attempt all chat “Go Rosh?” If both teams agree, the Super Rosh upgrade will be applied for free.
It’s a trap! 200 Quad-Stack a neutral camp. Tell the enemy about the stack by all-chatting “QUAD STACK (Name + Location) FOR YOU”. You must leave the camp alive without killing it for 3 minutes to complete the bounty. If your opponents are able to clear it fully then you fail the bounty.
It’s soon right? 200 Before 10 minutes drop an observer ward next to Roshan. Announce “Happy Diretide!” To notify the enemy. The closer you leave it to Rosh, the better he can protect it!
Clippy 150 For the first five deaths of the enemy team, a member of your team must offer unhelpful advice on how any deceased players of the other team could’ve avoided their deaths.
Dota trivia night 50 Casters will present players in all chat a DOTA related trivia question. The first player to answer correctly in all chat wins Moonbucks for his team! Casters can ask up to 3 questions per game.
Do you remember? No reward but drafts are free Prior to the draft, both teams can agree to play the drafts from Game 5 of the TI3 Finals. The winner of the auction will get to choose which draft they want to play. Radiant: Alchemist, Templar Assassin, Batrider, Enigma, Rubick. Dire: Chaos Knight, Puck, Nature’s Prophet, Io, Crystal Maiden

 

Bounties Day 5
Name Moonbucks Description
Sick’em 900 One of your VIP takeover melee creeps must attack an enemy hero and retreat to Roshan, letting Roshan kill them to complete the bounty. If the creep dies from anything other than Roshan, then the bounty is failed. Protect your creep.
ABC… 600 Draft a lineup while selecting the heroes in proper, or reverse alphabetical order.
Raid Area 51 600 All members of your team run into the enemy base through one lane, touch the throne, then teleport away. This has to happen before any T3 falls.
I’m a fish 600 A player on your team with declare ‘I am a fish’ and only move their hero through the river for 5 minutes. If they stay alive for the duration then they complete the bounty. 
Read a book you dumbass 550 Gift one of your 10 min tomes to the enemy team to use.
Brown boots, Dagon 500 Completed once a player kills an enemy hero with only owning brown boots and Dagon.
All in 500 Purchase a Divine Rapier before the 30-minute mark to complete this challenge.
No filter 500 Your team MUST all chat “WE’RE SMOKING” every time you use a smoke. You may also type it in all chat at times when your team is not smoking. You must type it within 10 seconds of the smoke usage.
Twitch plays Dota 2 400 Let twitch draft your first hero for free.
Happy Murder Trees 400 Plant three trees on the body of an enemy before it fades into the ground. 

 

Bounties Day 6
Name Moonbucks Description
Press F to pay respects 550 Drop a Eul’s scepter recipe on the grave marker for Kyle’s Eul’s between 23:55 and 24:05.
Boring King Bar 500 Your team cannot purchase BKB or Linkens.
Witchcraft and Wizardry 500 Collect 52 unused wand or stick charges on one hero. You must announce “Wingardium Leviosa” in all chat upon completion.
A game of chicken 400 Move your courier into the Rosh Pit and announce “Cluck Cluck.” The enemy team has 45 seconds to kill the courier in the pit. Complete before the three-minute mark. The courier cannot leave the pit or die.
Five pool 400 Your team must group as five as you leave the fountain. You must remain grouped until you kill an enemy hero. 
No scope 360 Announce that you are doing a “360 NO SCOPE” in all chat. Within 10 seconds that player must perform a 360 spin and then kill an enemy player. Can only be attempted once per game by each team. 
Bankai 350 One player on your team must all chat the name of their ultimate before you cast it. This must be done five times in a game to secure the bounty.
The Babe Ruth 350 Call out a player on the enemy team as being the next player in the match to die. There must be at least 20 seconds between the call and their death. If any other enemy is killed before the “marked for death” hero by your team (denies or suicides from enemies don’t count) the bounty is failed.
Roll for it Variable Every time your team collects a power rune (DD, Invis, Illu, etc) you earn a Roll in all chat. You can type /roll to attempt. Roll 50-99 = +100 Moonbucks Roll 2-49 = -100 Moonbucks Roll 100 = +1500 Moonbucks Roll 1 = Lose half your Moonbucks Your team must roll within 15 seconds of collecting the rune. The first roll by a teammate will trigger the effect.

 

Bounties Day 7
Name Moonbucks Description
Knife to a gunfight 700 Draft five melee heroes.
Technical issues 600 A player in guaranteed enemy vision may proclaim “Technical Issues.” They then must stay motionless for 30 seconds and survive. Moving or dying before 30 seconds fails the bounty. Enemies must all be alive before you start the bounty.
Football 600 Purchase a gem of true sight and score a “touchdown” by dropping it in the enemy fountain before 30 minutes using your hero. No global teleports or blinks to enter the base.
Game theory 500 Teams agree to deny their bounty runes at game start. If all four runes are denied, both teams get the reward. If any bounty rune is picked up, neither does.
It’s Halloween! 300 A person with invisibility (not included being smoked) can type something spooky in chat. The bounty is won if they manage to kill an enemy hero in five seconds after saying “boo.”

 

Bounties Day 8
Name Moonbucks Description
Run chicken, run! 900 Have your courier touch both enemy shrines before the three-minute mark. It must return safely to your base to complete the bounty.
TI4 style 750 Win a game in under 20 minutes.
The Great Migration 750 Teams must start at either end of the river as five, and travel all the way to the opposite end without losing a hero. All chat “quack, quack, quack” to start. All enemy heroes must be alive at challenge start. You are a migrating flock of beautiful creatures, so remember to stay together as close as possible. If a fight occurs feel free to spread out for the engagement but you must return to five to where the fight began and then finish your journey to collect your reward.
“3 VS 1 GET COUNTER KILLED, DO YOU REALLY KNOW HOW TO PLAY THIS GAME?!” 700 One hero must face three enemy heroes, kill one, and escape. After that, they must all chat “三个打一个被反杀,你会不会玩?!” (3 vs 1 get counter killed, do you really know how to play this game?!). This is a very very famous meme reference from Bai “rOtk” Fan.
Welcome to EG 600 Use items or spells to get an enemy player stuck on a cliff.
Good old friends 600 When a player is being chased/ganked near the tower, all four teammates immediately TP to save him at the same time. All five players must survive.
Dance with the devil by the first moonlight 600 Enter the Rosh pit alone and get hit by Rosh in the first five minutes and survive.
ABC… 600 Draft a lineup while selecting the heroes in proper or reverse alphabetical order.
Mushi destroyer 500 Kill Roshan and deny the Aegis.
Misclick 2x the cooldown of the spell A player must use an ultimate with more than a 60-second cooldown on an enemy creep without hitting enemy heroes then all chat “misclick.”

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