ESL One Manila Opens Strong with Mineski vs. CompLexity

April 23 – SM MOA Arena has never seen the likes of this. Throngs of gamers in and around the metropolis converge to witness eight of the best DOTA 2 Teams compete in the biggest South-East Asia DOTA 2 Tournament to date, the ESL One Manila.

ESL One Manila Game 1 Day1 Trophy
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With a prize pool of $250,000 (or roughly 11.5 MILLION PESOS), this event also marks the beginning of the boom eSports in the Philippines.
The day was off to an electrifying start with Mineski, the Philippines’ home-grown team, battling CompLexity (USA).

 

Almost packed arena! Imagine what this will be tomorrow for the finals!
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Almost packed arena! Imagine what this will be tomorrow for the finals!

Mineski opened strong during the first game with picks of heroes (Queen of Pain, Phantom Lancer, Night Stalker, Witch Doctor, Nature’s Prophet) against CompLexity’s draft (Invoker, Doom, Slardar, Lich, Axe).

However, after a great lead of 20 Mineski to 9 CompLexity, the US team was able to turn things around to their favor enabling them to take Game 1 away from the Philippine Team.
Buuuuut things took a different turn during the 2nd game.

Day1 Game2
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With a more even rhythm to their plays, Mineski played the long game to ensure that Benhur Lawis’ Alchemist got the necessary gold to power up. This paid off greatly in the end.

Game 2 (highlight)
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Crazy farming of Benhur won game 2 for Mineski.

Thanks to a crazy-fed Alchemist of Benhur Lawis, and better maneuvering of the whole team, Mineski was able to grab the win against CompLexity pitting them at 1-1 as for game 2.

Game 3 was a shutdown though. The picks for both are as follows:

Game 3

The game heavily favored to compLexity after various ambush plays. They dominated all throughout and finished the game off with a decisive victory.

To watch the games as it happens, you can check the live streams at: https://www.twitch.tv/esl_dota2
Or tune in on FREE TV! Yeah, eSports is now being broadcasted LIVE by TV5. Here’s the schedule:

Schedule
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Stay tuned as Ungeek covers more interesting stuff happening here at SM MOA Arena for ESL One Manila! GGWP!

Author: Colin Chan

Colin is Ungeek's movie-loving, internet-talking, emoticon-looking nerd. I have no idea what the last part meant but I'm going to go through with it because he's giving me the stink-eye now. He loves things like movies, tv shows, funny video games, Adventure Time, and the randomness that is the internet. He's also a LOLcat and a figment of your imagination.

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