There are a ton of problems with the banning format, but I'm excited to hear about a tournament regardless.
If one team bans a spec does that mean it's banned for both teams? That'd mean 6 specs could be banned altogether if you do it after each pick.
Also would really make classes with only one viable spec pretty trash. For example banning Arms Warrior means you're going to see no Warrior at all, since they won't go prot or fury really. Ban UH DK and they're pretty much gone as Frost doesn't really exist at high levels neither does Blood. Etc etc.
I think like people said it's cool in games with tons and tons of heroes where a player just learns one general playstyle IE jungle, carry, support etc etc and then selects from a multitude of heroes within that play style but it's more tricky when you're in a game without so many.
I think each team banning a map makes great sense as there are very imbalanced maps, but I worry that you might just end up with a lower level of play with the tournament with people banning out specs and whatnot that players are famous for. How many people really want to tune in to see Venruki login a BM hunter after Frost gets banned out, or to see Another on a Feral druid because UH DK got banned out etc. You'll just end up with players who're worse on the classes and games less people care to see, but perhaps I'm wrong!
Anyway, cool idea and would love to be involved - also awesome prize pool! Not trying to be a downer just trying to make sure everything is thought through for one of the few high profile tournaments we have these days!
I don't post many video highlights, but I thought this one was pretty epic, since the winner kept rank 1, there was an awesome swifty one shot (veev one shot?!), AND it happened after we thought we had lost.