When it comes to eSports competitions, it is almost impossible for "Dota 2" to be not part of it. And talking about competitions, the game's final major tournament is about to kick off in the heart of the Philippines. Yes, the upcoming "The Manila Major" is about to commence and here is everything to know about it.
According to ESPN, "The Manila Major" will set the group stages come June 3 and will end on June 12. It will compose of 16 teams, each looking to take home the whopping $3 million and, obviously, a trophy. But apart from these, the one that really shines above all is the ticket to the prestigious "Dota 2" tournament "The International 6."
The participating teams in the upcoming "The Manila Major" are locked and readied to load. The groups in the upper bracket are synonymous to solid-rating performance, while the ones at the bottom are bound for the double-elimination main event.
Group A is composed of "OG," "Team Empire," "Newbee" and "Complexity." Under Group B are teams "Wings Gaming," "Digital Chaos," "Team Secret" and "Natus Vincere (commonly known as "Na'Vi').
Meanwhile, Group C covers "Team Liquid," "Alliance," "Vici Reborn" and "Fnatic." And last but not the least is Group D, which is consists the Philippine-based eSports team "Mineski," "MVP Phoenix," "LGD Gaming" and the champion last year "The International" "Evil Geniuses."
It is worth noting that "The Manila Major" (internationally known as the "Spring Major") is the last major (of three) that Valve has organized thus far. The first major was the "Frankfurt Major" and was held in fall of 2015, while the second one, the "Shanghai Major," concluded early this year, as reported by Inquirer.
"The Manila Major" results will determine the attending teams for the upcoming "The International 2016." The latter is deemed as one of the largest and highly celebrated eSports events in the globe.
"The Manila Major" will take place at the Mall of Asia Arena, which is located in Pasay City, Philippines. And take note, this is not the first "Dota 2" competition to be held at the MoA arena, as the ESL One Manila happened there.