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.
As the players took to the stage for their fights, the casters and commentators also prepared for their duties.
Between battles, good or bad, there was also enough time for celebration, camaraderie, and cosplay.
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?