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ESL to hold Dota 2 tournament in Manila

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For the first time, the Electronic Sports League (ESL) will be organizing a live Dota 2 tournament in Manila.

Boasting a $250,000 price pool, ESL One Manila worked alongside PLDT Fibr & Smart GameX to set up the one of the biggest eSports competitions in April next year.

This marks the first time that ESL is organizing the event in an Asian country; previous championship events were held exclusively at European and American countries.

Eight teams from all over the globe will feature in the tournament, competing in a single elimination format.

Two teams will get a direct invite based on their past performance while the other participants will be chosen from an online qualifier: one team each from China, Europe, the United States and the Philippines.

The two remaining teams will come from Southeast Asia.

According to Ulrich Schulze, Managing Director of Pro Gaming at ESL, the venue was not a difficult decision to make.

He believed that the Philippines were “a country and community that loves Dota 2”, and that the organizers are “honoured” to hold the event there in a “history making” event.

Since the event was announced on Tuesday, tickets were fast selling out.

Team Liquid victory at The Defense Season 5

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Team OG went in to finals of The Defense Season 5 looking strong, but stop short of winning after Team Liquid defeated them by 3-1.

OG appeared to be the more formidable team before the fixture, having just won the Frankfurt Major and DreamLeague Season 4.

However, things went Team Liquid’s way when FATA- was given his signature Razor and a Kuroky support Silencer helped the team dominate.

OG got a weak total of three kills in the stomp to start.

But typical OG magic evened things out in Game 2 as the team got a laundry list of their comfort heroes — Miracle- got Shadow Fiend, N0tail got Phantom Lancer, Cr1t got Rubick and Fly secured Bane.

The OG cores went to town and Team Liquid dropped their only game of the series.

However, as OG made the exact same picks in Game 3 Team Liquid went creative.

Team Liquid got creative, picking up Legion Commander for FATA- as well as a Tiny/Io combo.

MATUMBAMAN’s Tiny did typical Tiny things and went 12/1/11, becoming an unstoppable force in the game.

MATUMBAMAN was the star of the show again in Game 4, using Ursa to destroy any hopes for a third consecutive championship. His phenomenal Abyssal Blade timing essentially mopped the floor with OG, at the score of 28/3/9.

OG’s consolation was that their pain barely lasted over 39 minutes.

Team Secret tops Dota 2 Rankings

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Team Secret has now exceeded Evil Geniuses (EG) in both strength and success.

After holding the pole position for a few months and winning TI-5, EG had been struggling which in turn allowed Team Secret to climb to the top albeit by a small margin.

Under a new formula, each team will have statistics of their five best member counted as the “strength” of the team.

This helps a team even if their strongest members were not necessarily playing together in tournaments and differs from World rankings in which team success was emphasized.

As such, OG manages to climb up to rank 7, slightly ahead of Team Liquid and perhaps give Team Secret a slight run for their money.

Meanwhile, TI-4 champion had fallen behind to rank 19, while things were worse for long-time superb team Natus Vincere.

With only two players left, the Ukrainian team had drop in strength scoring. This month they even fell behind newly signed Stark Esports to rank 32.