Top DOTA 2 teams take center stage in first Manila Masters

MANILA — A total of eight e-sports squads from around the world will converge at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City on May 26-28 as Mineski, the top internet cafe chain in the country, presents The Masters Manila 2017, or simply Manila Masters.

Following its successful staging of two major DOTA 2 events last year, the MOA Arena will be the site of the inaugural staging of the Manila Masters organized by Mineski’s events team.

ESL, which staged ESL One in April last year, is the main sponsor of the Manila Masters.

As of posting, three clubs have gained direct invites to the Manila Masters — the Evil Geniuses (EG), OG, and Newbee.

One more team will get an automatic slot in the Manila Masters, and it will be announced at a later date.

The remaining four seats in the Manila Masters will be filled by the teams that will prevail in the zonal qualifiers.

The champion of the tournament will go home with USD250,000, or a little more than PHP12.5 million.