As the first of the two known big gaming events happening Manila this year. ESL One Manila is gearing up for a real big weekend for Dota 2 fans in the Philippines.
Set as the very first $250,000 Dota 2 tournament in South East Asia. ESL One Manila will be host to a definitely jam-packed weekend as eight teams will duke it out in the MOA Arena to earn that Dota 2 ESL One title.
Each team that will take part in the tournaments this weekend was represented by their captains during the recently concluded presscon held at the Grand Ballroom in City of Dreams. The presscon was also graced by Ulrich Schulze, ESL VP for Pro Gaming, Ariel P. Fermin EVP and Consumer Business Head for PLDT and Smart, Ronald “Roro” Robins CEO of Mineski and Marlon Marcelo, Mineski VP for Marketing and Events.
The eight teams represented during the presscon are: Ohaiyo of Fnatic, Puppey from Team Secret, swindlemelonzz from compLexity, Scandal from Empire, Julz of Mineski, Innocence from Wings, Kuroky from Team Liquid and LaNm from Ehome.
TV5 are set to broadcast the grand finals of ESL One Manila, as was announced at Mineski.Sport5’s launch campaign, hosted by PLDT Home Fibr and Smart. The local television station’s broadcast of the esports spectacle is said to be in hopes of the local title contenders making their way to the final and lifting the trophy on the evening of April 25th for the whole nation to witness.
All games leading up to the grand final will be covered live on AksyonTV in their entirety.
photos and words by Vincent Haoson (www.dageeks.com) for Azrael’s Merryland Blog