Games Sunday, April 14 (Gariath Concepts, Eastwood City, Libis)
10 am – PLDT-Smart Omega vs Suha-Execration Punishers (best-of-three)
3 pm – Cignal Ultra Warriors vs semifinal winner (best-of-five)
MANILA, Philippines – After 40 group stage games across 5 teams, the first Dota 2 conference of the 2019 The Nationals heads to the playoff round as the top 3 teams fight for the title on Sunday, April 14, at the Gariath Concepts in Eastwood City, Libis.
The 3 playoff-bound teams are the Cignal Ultra Warriors, which finished with the best record at 13-3, followed PLDT-Smart Omega at 11-5, and the Suha-XCTN Punishers with an 8-8 card.
Cignal earned the top seed and jumped straight to the best-of-five grand finals at 3 pm, while second-ranked PLDT-Smart arranged a best-of-three semifinal duel against No. 3 Suha-XCTN at 10 am.
The tournaments offers a P700,000 total pot money where the inaugural champion gets to take home P400,000.
Eliminated in the playoff stage of The Nationals are two teams with the youngest players, the Happy Feet Emperors (5-11) and the Bren Epro (3-13).
The Warriors clinched the top seed when they secured a 2-0 win against Epro in their last group stage matchup last Tuesday, 9 April. Their tempo is currently the best in the league, finishing games in an average of 31 minutes. Their carry, Nando, also leads the league in last hits and GPM (gold per minute).
While they remain as the favorite, the Warriors’ potential finals opponents have shown that they pose as serious threats.
Cignal Ultra’s 3 losses came against Omega and the Punishers, who stunned the tournament leader twice.
Omega is one of the league’s most efficient teams, and their coordination reflects in the stats sheet – their cores Nasjo and Palos are currently first and second in KDA or kills-deaths-assists ratio. Their captain Ronn also leads the league in assists.
Meanwhile, the Punishers live true to their name as their carry Jamesy and Japoy are currently top two in kills per game.
Dota 2 is just one of the 3 games on spotlight in the first year of the Nationals, the country’s premier esports league.
The playoffs can be watched this Sunday starting 9:30 am through livestreaming at FB.com/PHNationals. It will also be aired in 5Plus via TV5 starting at 10 am, as well as in OneSports and EGG Network via CignalTV starting 3 pm.
Cignal Ultra Warriors 13-3
PLDT-Smart Omega 11 -5
Suha-XCTN Punishers 8-8
Happy Feet Emperors 5-11
Bren Epro 3-13