Manila Majors | It all started with forty teams. Forty of the world’s top professional Dota 2 teams all looking to snag the coveted Manila Majors Championship. With the Manila Majors being the last major tournament before The International, these teams are looking hungrier than ever for a shot at entering the game’s most prestigious event.

It was an expected jaw-dropping outcome for the China Qualifiers as CDEC Gaming and Invictus Gaming Vitality squared off for a tiebreaker. Turning it into one of the longest games in its professional tournament history (and also perhaps a game with the most number of rapiers bought). Both scoring five points ending up in a draw, the two teams needed to finally settle the score a final time. 124 minutes and 77 kills later, IG Vitality was declared victorious. Newbee is once again coming on strong with the highest possible score of eight points for Group B. Newbee breezed through qualification, not dropping a single match the playoff.

Unfortunately, none of the South Americans made it to the playoff stage for American Qualifiers. Although quite surprisingly, two of the teams coming from the open qualifiers for Group A and B (FDL and Dragneel) advanced. Digital Chaos with its new roster easily advanced, also finishing with eight points, followed closely by Shazam, finishing with six.  After losing in round 2 against Shazam, and then winning in the lower bracket finals, Digital Chaos defeated Shazam without breaking in sweat in the last final.

Meanwhile, it was a rather expected outcome for Team Empire to advance to the playoffs for European Qualifiers. Newcomers No Diggity, after their first place finish on Epicenter’s regional qualifiers are again showing their might as they make their way to the playoffs with a solid score. After losing to Ad Finem in round one, Team Empire got their revenge in final, winning the Bo5 3-2.

With the Majors happening in the Philippines, it’s not surprising that three of the top four teams in the SEA Qualifiers are pinoys. Mineski, still rearing from their loss at the ESL-One, came in strong. Malaysian team Taring will have a lot to prove as they battle it out on the playoffs. Mineski easily won the Bo5 3-o against TnC

Here are all the teams participating at the Manila Majors :

  • Team Secret (direct invite)
  • Team Liquid (direct invite)
  • Evil Geniuses (direct invite)
  • MVP.Phoenix (direct invite)
  • Wings Gaming (direct invite)
  • ViCi Gaming Reborn (direct  invite)
  • Fnatic (direct invite)
  • OG (direct invite)
  • Complexity Gaming (direct invite)
  • Alliance (direct invite)
  • Na’Vi (direct invite)
  • LGD Gaming (direct invite)
  • Digital Chaos (Americas Qualifier)
  • Newbee (China Qualifier)
  • Team Empire (Europe Qualifier)
  • Mineski (SEA Qualifier)

Group stage date are still to be announced, but the main event of Manila Majors will run from June 7th to June 12th.

Which team will you be rooting for during the Manila Majors?


-Larcey “iCeish” Santillan

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