The DOTA 2 Manila Major kicks off

Don Kevin Hapal
The DOTA 2 Manila Major kicks off
The battle is on for the $3 million prize pool of The Manila Major!

MANILA, Philippines – The battle for the $3 million prize pool in DOTA 2’s Manila Major officially kicked off at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Tuesday, June 7.

Also known as The Spring Major, the Manila Major is a premium DOTA 2 tournament organized by Valve, the popular online game’s developer. This is the third in its Dota Championship series and the first Valve-sanctioned tournament in Manila. (READ: ‘The Manila Major: What it is, where to watch‘ )

As early as 8:00 am, gamers, cosplayers and DOTA 2 players from all over the country flocked to the venue to watch 16 of the best teams from around the world compete in a 6-day tournament.


Opening the tournament were intense matches between Team Liquid and MVP Phoenix, Na’Vi and OG, Wings Gaming and compLexity, Alliance and Mineski, Evil Genius and Vici Gaming, and Team Empire and Team Secret.

Day one results

Here are the results as of 11:50 pm:

The first match of the day was a best-of-three series between Europe’s Team Liquid and South Korean powerhouse MVP Phoenix. The match ended with a brutal sweep by MVP Phoenix, 2-0.

Meanwhile, the crowd favorite Natus Vincere (Na’Vi) failed to live up to the hype as they lost 2-0 to the Frankfurt Majors champion, OG. 


Wings Gaming, the Philippines’ homegrown team Mineski, Evil Geniuses, and Team Secret were all eliminated on the first day after losing to compLexity, Alliance, Vici Gaming Reborn, and Team Empire, respectively.

Are you a Dota 2 fan? Who do you think will win? Tell us in the comments! –

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Don Kevin Hapal

Don Kevin Hapal is Rappler’s Head of Data and Innovation. He started at Rappler as a digital communications specialist, then went on to lead Rappler’s Balikbayan section for overseas Filipinos. He was introduced to data journalism while writing and researching about social media, disinformation, and propaganda.