The road to the Manila Major has begun: Qualifiers for the three million dollar Dota tournament are underway. Will Team Secret defend their title? Will China strike back? Here’s all you need to know.
Main Qualifiers (May 3 to May 6)
Update: May 6
We know all participants of the Manila Major. These teams made it through the Main Qualifiers:
No big surprises at all at the Main Qualifiers. Except for Team Empire who struggled with Ad Finem in the finals, all finals went 3:0 for the qualified team. DigitalChaos even won all games in under 30 minutes. Some notable teams dropped out in the group phases though like Virtus.pro, Vega Squadron, Team Spirit, Vici Gaming and CDEC Gaming.
[digitalchaos] will play their first Major in Manila. The team lost the main qualifier finals for both Shanghai and Frankfurt before.
Newbee was champion of The International 2014, 13th at The International 2015, 13th at the Frankfurt Major last autumn and 9th at the Shanghai Major.
Team Empire hasn’t played any of the new majors as well. They lost the deciding qualifier final for Shanghai and were 25th at the Frankfurt Major Qualifiers.
Mineski missed the qualification for the Shanghai Major recently, finishing the tournament as 25th, but was part of the Frankfurt Major where the team finished ninth. By the way, they are the only Philippine team to play in Manila.
32 teams have been invited to the Main Qualifiers by Valve. The most notable of them in each region are Team Empire and Virtus.pro for EU, [ehome.cn] and CDEC Gaming for CN, Mineski and [signature] for SEA and [digitalchaos] and Not Today for AM.
Eight teams will join the Main Qualifiers via the Open Qualifiers which equals ten teams per region out of which only one per region will earn a spot in Manila. All teams in a region will play a group phase first out of which the four best teams qualify for the playoffs and decide the champion in a double-elimination bracket.
Open Qualifiers (April 29 to May 2)
More than 2,000 teams will try to get a spot at the Manila Major from Friday to Monday. The Open Qualifiers are divided into eight different tournaments, two for each region like America (AM), Europe (EU), China (CN) and Southeastasia (SEA). 1,024 may register for each qualifier, the best team advances to the main qualifiers.
Update: May 3
The second Open Qualifiers held surprises for each region as well. Here are the teams that made it to the Main Qualifiers:
China delivered as expected again. Newbee Young was the huge favourite and they managed to win the qualifier without losing any game. CDEC Avenger and FTD club C had to give in. Europes team Rebels is the new squad of VANSKOR and Shachlo, so their success is no surprise too. SEA however delivered something unexpected. Prove me wrong, but i guess Next Generation is the first vietnamese team to ever get this far in a qualifier. And what about America? FDL is the 22nd best team in the USA, but they beat paiN Gaming and the Wonder Wolves among others.
Update: May 1
The first Open Qualifiers of every region are over. These teams made it to the Main Qualifiers:
While the huge favourites won in China and SEA – with Vici beating Newbee Young amongst others – the results of Europe and America are kind of surprising. Kaipi, the team of bOne7 beat Sqreen`s Squad in the finals and [team alternate] along the way. The [fantastic five 2015] lost in the quarterfinals to GOOMBA Gaming.
In America, no one really expected Dragneel to qualify, mostly because the team newly formed for the Manila Major Qualifiers. Players of the US-based squad include mason, who was briefly a part of Evil Geniuses in 2014, Sneyking and the brazilian hFnk3.
Notable teams that will have to earn a spot through the Open Qualifiers include:
- Vici Gaming (World Rank 8)
- TnC Gaming (WR 24)
- Newbee Young (WR 25)
- HellRaisers (WR 28)
- Energy Pacemaker (WR 34)
- ScaryFaceZ (WR 41)
- Elite Wolves (WR 43)
- [team alternate] (WR 48)
- [fantastic five 2015]
Manila Major Invites
The following twelve teams have been directly invited to the Manila Major and don’t need to play any qualifier (reason in brackets).
- Team Secret (Defending champion)
- Team Liquid (2nd at the Shanghai Major)
- Evil Geniuses (3rd at the Shanghai Major)
- MVP Phoenix (4th at the Shanghai Major)
- Fnatic (5th at the Shanghai Major)
- compLexity Gaming (5th at the Shanghai Major)
- Alliance (7th at the Shanghai Major)
- OG (7th at the Shanghai Major)
- Wings Gaming (Winner of ESL One Manila)
- Vici Gaming Reborn (Winner of the Starladder i-League Invitational)
- Natus Vincere (Winner of DreamLeague Season 5 League Play)
- LGD Gaming (Best chinese team in the World Ranking)