Having made their way into the main event, the Philippines’ very own squad Mineski might only have a slim chance - but their hopes are touching the sky. Unbeaten at ESL One Manila’s Filipino qualifiers, even their toughest rivals were only able to take a single map against them in the finals. Going into ESL One Manila, Mineski might be underdogs - but Dota 2 is well known for its Cinderella stories.
The home ground advantage
The entire crowd will be on the side of Team Mineski, who will have all the cheers they could possibly hope for in order to crush their enemies. However, ESL One Manila might also be something of a nerve-wracking experience for the Filipino squad, with the whole country’s hope resting squarely on their shoulders.
Mineski’s full lineup for ESL One Manila will be as follows:
- Ryan “Bimbo” Jay Qui
- Benhur “Ben” Lawis
- Jun “Bok” Kanehara
- Julius “Julz” De Leon
- Jessie “JessiVash” Cristy
- Mark “Cast” Pilar - Sub
A long and difficult road to travel
Mineski currently ranks among the top five teams in SEA. Placed in Group A with Team Liquid, compLexity Gaming and Wings Gaming, Mineski might have to do a lot of homework prior to their matchups.
Still, they might consider themselves lucky by having not being placed in Group B with the likes of Team Secret, EHOME, Fnatic and Team Empire. Going into Group A, Mineski’s toughest opponents will come in the form of Team Liquid, with winning two out of the three matchups a must if Mineski wants a spot in the playoffs.
Will this be Mineski’s time to shine? We’ll find out on the 22nd of April...
Four days until faceoff
Watch Mineski take on Team Liquid in ESL One Manila’s opening match at the Mall of Asia Arena! With the teams finalized and ready to battle for a humongous US$250,000 prize pool, ESL One Manila is an event you definitely don’t want to miss. Be sure to book your ticket for the event here!