Dota 2 Manila Major Teams Announced
While Manila was already the site of a premiere Dota 2 tournament only days ago, the city is now gearing up to host the Spring Major – one of the four big yearly tournaments sponsored by Valve. The Major will take place between June 7 and 12 in the same Mall of Asia Arena as the ESL tournament. Valve has put up a website for the Major and released the list of invited teams, which includes:
12 direct invitees – Team Secret, Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses, MVP Phoenix, Wings Gaming, Vici Gaming Reborn, Fnatic, OG, Complexity, Alliance, Natus Vincere, and LGD Gaming; and 4 more teams that will be decided from regional qualifiers in the Americas, China, Europe, and Southeast Asia. The qualifiers will take place from May 3 to 6.
The invitee list looks pretty standard, with the only surprise being Wings Gaming, the tier 2 Chinese team that burst onto the scene after demolishing Team Liquid at ESL One Manila only days ago.
Similar to the Shanghai Major, Manila will use a double-elimination style format, with teams first playing in the group stage to see who is seeded into the Upper (winners) or Lower (losers) bracket. Also like its Chinese predecessor, the tournament will feature a $3 million prize pool, with $ 1.11 million going to the winner.