Games Saturday, June 1 (Gariath Concepts Eastwood City)
1 pm – Cignal Ultra Warriors vs Suha-Execration Punishers (best-of-three)
6 pm – Loser of Match 1 vs PLDT-Smart Omega (best-of-three)
Game Sunday, June 2 (Gariath Concepts Eastwood City)
2:30 pm – Winner of Match 1 vs Winner of Match 2 (best-of-five)
MANILA, Philippines – The Cignal Ultra Warriors and the Suha-Execration Punishers collide in The Nationals Dota 2 season finale on Saturday, June 1 at the Gariath Concepts Eastwood City in Libis, Quezon City.
PLDT also competes as a wild card in the finals offering a P600,000 prize pool, with P300,000 going to the winner, P200,000 to the runner-up, and P100,000 to the 3rd placer.
After ruling the first two conferences of Dota 2, Cignal and Suha will face off in a best-of-three series with the winner advancing to the finals. The losing team will take on PLDT in a three-game playoff for the last finals berth.
Last weekend, Suha completely outplayed Cignal in the grand finals of the second Dota 2 conference, closing out a best-of-five series in a clean 3-0 sweep.
The Punishers, upending the results of the first conference, pulled it off after a consistent run that saw them topping the group stage capped by a 2-1 tiebreaker win against the Warriors in the elimination round.
While results between the two teams were always close, the championship was totally different. After an intense back-and-forth in Game 1, Suha capitalized on its momentum and never looked back by winning the conference finals on consecutive games.
The Warriors, who were no strangers to come-from-behind wins, weren’t able to close the gap as they fizzled out towards the end.
Earlier in the day, they were able to climb out of a 0-1 hole against PLDT-Smart Omega in the semifinals.
With the victory, the Punishers took home the P400,000 cash prize, while the Warriors received P200,000 as runner-up and Omega got P100,000 for finishing 3rd.
Both Happy Feet Emperors and Bren Epro, meanwhile, failed to advance to the playoffs again despite compiling a better record compared than the previous conference.
Action in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang gets going in June, while Tekken 7 stage is scheduled to start in August. More franchises are slated to be introduced once ML:BB starts.
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