ESL One Manila 2016, Southeast Asia’s first ever premium Dota 2 tournament has concluded today. Eight top teams from around the world were battling for the coveted ESL One trophy and the lion’s share of the US$250,000 prize pool. We saw tons of thrilling matches and plays which made the amazing crowd’s roars and cheers fill app the whole arena. In the end, there could only be one winner and it was the underdogs from Wings who raised the trophy.
Wings vs. Fnatic
Fnatic has had a strong showing in the group stage going 2-0 against both EHOME and Team Empire. Wings journey to the semifinals was a more difficult but still quite impressive - they lost 0-2 to team Liquid but won 2-1 twice against compLexity. The first semifinal game went over to Fnatic who seemed like team more likely to take the series. Wings, however, were determined to make a stance in Manila and they took the next two games, both in under 30 minutes, and made their way into the grand final.
Team Empire vs. Team Liquid
Team Liquid, the runner ups at the Shanghai Major, have been one of the favorites to take the whole tournament and performed according to expectations in the group stage. Two 2-0 wins over Wings and Mineski secured them a slot in the playoffs. Team Empire had an amazing start to the event, as they took down Team Secret 2-0 in their first match. They did fall to Fnatic 0-2 and had to face Secret again for a slot in the semifinals. After a thrilling best of three series, Team Secret had to say goodbye to ESL One manila as Empire moved forward to the playoffs.
The grand final
Wings vs. Team Liquid
In the end, it all came down to the European favorites, Team Liquid and the Chinese wonder, Wings. Wings were the clear underdog in this matchup, especially after Liquid having defeated them in the group stage 0-2. The grand final was, however, a completely different story - a Cinderella story to be exact. The series was a best of five but we only saw three games as Wings dominated Team Liquid and with a 3-0 score secured their first major LAN tournament win.
From the Chinese qualifier all the way to the grand final and the ESL One Manila 2016 championship title - Wings have definitely left a strong mark in the competitive Dota 2 scene.
Thank you for an amazing event!
ESL One Manila 2016 was an event to remember with great matches, moments on stage and a fantastic, passionate crowd. Thank you to everyone who helped making this event happen and to everyone who joined us in person or tuned in online. The next ESL One stop for Dota 2 is ESL One Frankfurt 2016, happening at the Commerzbank Arena on June the 18th and 19th - be sure not to miss Europe’s biggest Dota 2 festival and get your ticket here!