The Mineski Events team stepped up and have in association with ESL are hosting the biggest SEA tournament of this season – The Manila Masters which kicks off tomorrow. It will feature a $250,000 USD prize pool and will take place at the Mall of Asia Arena, which hosted ESL One Manila 2016 and The Manila Major.
- A Double Elimination Bracket with 8 teams getting pre-seeded and placed in the upper bracket
- Best of 3 Matches all the way up to the Grand Finals
- Best of 5 Match Grand Finals
Arguably the greatest Dota 2 team of all time with 4 Major wins under it’s belt, OG will no doubt go into the Manila Masters as one of the favorites. With a TI7 invite almost guaranteed, OG will feel no pressure and hence will put their best foot forward in this tournament.
Roster: N0tail, Ana, s4, JerAx, Fly
Most Recent LAN performance: 1st in the Kiev Major.
First Match opponent: Team NP
The North American powerhouse has always been the top dogs of the NA scene ever since the pickup of the SADBOYS roster. Hence it is no surprise that they were the first invite for this event. Although EG has been struggling, recently, to win any tournaments. They have always performed amicably. They will be aiming to get their first tournament victory of 2017 under their belt and cement their TI7 invite.
Roster: Arteezy, Sumail, UNiVeRsE, zai, Cr1t-
Most Recent LAN performance: A disappointing 3rd to 4th Place finish after a 2-0 loss to eventual champions OG.
First Match opponent: Team Faceless
Roster: uuu9, Sccc, kpii, Faith, Kaka
Most Recent LAN performance: Eliminated in the Semifinals of the Starladder Invitational Season 2 by a rampaging TNC team.
First Match Opponent: Team Secret
Roster: BurNIng, Op, Xxs, BoBoKa, Q
Most Recent LAN performance: eliminated in the Semifinals of the Starladder Invitational Season 2 by eventual champions Team Liquid.
First Match Opponent: Clutch Gamers
Roster: iceiceice, Black, xy, NutZ, Jabz
Most Recent LAN performance: A disappointing last place finish in the Starladder Invitational Season 2.
First Match Opponent: Evil Geniuses
Team Secret is an erratic team. Sometimes they look like a beast not to be messed with. Other times they are doormats in top-tier Dota 2. Secret were one of the favorites for the Kiev Major going undefeated in the group stages. However, a heartbreaking loss at the hands of Brazilian team SG Esports may have formed cracks in the team (Probably monitors as well). With Team Liquid’s success in the Starladder Invitational Season 2, Team Secret desperately need a win in the Manila Masters to compete for the TI7 invite.
Roster: MP, MidOne, KheZu, Puppey, YapzOr
Most Recent LAN performance: A devastating loss to underdogs SG Esports in the Kiev Major.
First Match Opponent: Newbee
Roster: EternalEnvy, FATA, MSS, aui_2000, PieLieDie
Most Recent LAN performance: A loss at DAC which caused them to kick two of their players.
First Match Opponent: OG
A good performance here combined with at least one LAN victory in any of the following tournaments would see them eclipse TNC as the obvious choice for the SEA invite to TI7.
Roster: Gabbi, Armel, Rapy, Boombacs, flysolo
Most Recent LAN performance: This will be their first ever LAN.
First Match Opponent: Invictus Gaming