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Wings Gaming overpowers Liquid to win ESL One Manila

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Wings Gaming overpowers Liquid to win ESL One Manila

Wings Gaming put together one of the most dominating performances in a Dota 2 tournament final to demolish Team Liquid with a 3-0 clean sweep to claim their first trophy.

The Chinese team had yet to claim the top honours of any tournament since they built their current roster following the TI5 reshuffle. But they constantly proved to possess great team chemistry with pushing and early-game aggression specialties; and their sticking together eventually paid off.

Nevertheless they began their Manila as the underdogs, playing curious heroes lineups in low-key matches throughout the bracket. None would have pegged them, even up to their semi-final face-off against world number two, Fnatic.

Routed in the first set, Wings Gaming then went ahead with comfort picks and played unpredictably, taking down more than a handful of giants and claimed snowball victories in the face of sure defeat.

Their final game against Team Liquid only sealed the notion further that the win against Fnatic was no fluke.

It was necessary to highlight that the team has done well to start with heroes that matches up to Zhou “bLink” Yang and his Invoker as well as taking a hero that focused on vision. Ultimately, it was their unpredictability that made them unstoppable.

bLink’s Invoker and Li “iceice” Peng had made excellent rotations to put on shining performances that won Wings the game. They constantly dismantled Liquid team by lone pick-offs, trade from Peng’s Earthshaker as well as Invoker’s typical yet ridiculous disruption in team fights and initiation.

Though it did not go well from them in Manila, fans of Team Liquid can still be hopeful for their team this season; they had been consistent throughout the tournament with fast early-game rotations and decisiveness. It is just a shame that it had not worked out well, as they called GG against Wings.

ESL to hold Dota 2 tournament in Manila

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Dota 2 tournament

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.