IN PHOTOS: Passion and energy at the Manila Major

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IN PHOTOS: Passion and energy at the Manila Major
Let's share some moments captured by cameras across the various days

MANILA, Philippines – As the final day of the Manila Major arrives, we’re certain many viewers of the DOTA 2 battles waged at the Mall of Asia Arena were awestruck by the level of play involved in participating in a major tournament.

Despite the pressure, many of these professional gamers started out as fans of the game and of seeing expert players taking out their rivals on the battlefield. Now, they’re either in front of the camera as casters for the game they love, or behind the computer as the warring professional teams adored by fans from around the globe.

Here are some moments captured by cameras across the various days.

The opening days showed a lot of spectacle, with performances and a highly-prized trophy put into play for the delight of the audience.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION. The stage is set for the Manila Major. Photo by Don Kevin Hapal/Rappler.

OPENING CEREMONIES. Drummers performing during the opening of the Manila Major. Photo by PGL eSports on Facebook.

Photo by Don Kevin Hapal/Rappler

TO FIGHT FOR. Combatants at the Manila Major vie not only for a large prize pool, but also for a highly-coveted trophy. Photo by PGL eSports from Facebook.

As the players took to the stage for their fights, the casters and commentators also prepared for their duties.

OG ON DAY ONE. OG, the team that has made it all the way to the grand finals, walks to their battlestations on day one of the event. Photo from PGL eSports on Facebook.

CASTING AND COMMENTATING. The hosts of the big show prepare. Photo from PGL eSports Facebook.

Between battles, good or bad, there was also enough time for celebration, camaraderie, and cosplay.

PICTURES WITH FANS. Eager fans of casters and commentators alike ask for pictures with them. Photo from PGL eSports.

HUDDLE. Photo from PGL eSports Facebook page.

COSPLAY! DOTA 2 cosplayers pose for the camera. Photo by PGL eSports on Facebook.

At the end of the day, however, it’s not just about the players, but also about the fans who love the game so passionately. 

After all, aren’t we all looking for a chance at a good game played well?

SPECTATOR ESPORT. Fans cheer for their favorites. Photo from PGL eSport Facebook page.

APPLAUSE. A good game, well played. Photo from PGL eSports Facebook page.

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