In the wake of Shanghai, Valve announce the Manila Major

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Dota 2 is heading to the East, again, for the third Dota 2 Major. Valve announced not too long ago that the next installment of the Dota 2 Major series will take place in Manila, Philippines in the Mall of Asia. Tickets go on sale on March 12th and in today’s announcement, things are already looking better.

We’ve barely had time to recover from Shanghai and Valve are already on the ball for the next Major. The real announcement I wanted was an apology from Valve, but I won’t hold my breath.  There is a glimpse of hope, however, which was attached to the announcement – The Manila Major will be produced by PGL, easily one of the best eSports production studios in the world. PGL have always been in a league above the rest when it comes to eSports broadcasting, and already this is a breath of fresh air for harsh critics (everyone) of the Shanghai Major.

Teams have three weeks to finalize their rosters, with teams being locked on March 27th. Valve instated the roster lock for their Major’s in an effort to promote stability in the competitive scene. Before each Major, there has a transfer period after which teams would remain on that roster till the next window. The difference, this time, is that these roster locks beginning March 27th will be in effect until The International later this year.

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The Manila Major qualifiers begin on May 3rd and run till the 6th, with Open Qualifiers beginning on April 29th till May 2nd. The Manila Major will crown the final victor before the Regional Qualifiers for the International start in June with the tournament set for August 2016.

After the Shanghai Major, it became clear that the Western teams are currently reigning supreme, but it was Southeast Asia (and South Korea) who stunned crowds in Shanghai. The Manila Major, on home soil, could mark a momentous occasion as SEA continue to show their abilities in the international community. Who will be the Manila Champion, and who will raise the Aegis of the Immortal at The International 2016?

Last Updated: March 8, 2016

Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit’s esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere – but my work here is independent of that.

  • Pariah

    It’s no Secret who will win.

    • Guild

      XD

  • Here we go again…

    • Guild

      where we going?

  • Why does Valve need to apologize for something that was clearly out of their hands? That’s like SARU apologizing for the something going wrong with the broadcast at the London world cup.

    • Pariah

      Valve need to make some kind of announcement though, the Shanghai Major was a disaster.

    • HvR

      More like the IRB will have to apologize in that scenario. In this situation Valve takes the profits and appoints the production companies so the buck stops with them.

    • BakedBagel

      We have had problems with SARU and the IRB in the past, SARU/IRB is an ass and we wont be working with them again

    • The chain of command was broken. It was clear the Valve employees on site were not fit to deal with the problems at hand, and according to comments made Gabe Newell was perhaps a bit uniformed as what the real problems were.

      Fans were not happy with the Major, players are still lashing out on Twitter. I think they owe some sort of explanation at least, or a comment on how these issues will be avoided in the future.

      • China will be boycotted in the future as an event location most likely.

    • Weerwolf
  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I read that too quickly & thought you said Vanilla Major.

    • Pariah

      Ice Cream on a day like today? Bit cold, don’t you think?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        It’s never too cold for ice cream.

        • Comes from having an ice-cold heart.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            On the plus side, I never get heart burn.

    • HvR

      Sounds like a setup for an Just as white as the Oscars joke.

      • Pariah

        Prison is white? You sure?

    • Sigh.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        LE SIGH Rince-ning.

        • You’re a ding a ling!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

    • HvR

      Also

      #All_hail_Avo

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        FFS

        • Pariah

          Yeah. Ban him.

  • Mossel

    3rd installment! O_O
    They learned to count to 3!

  • Mossel

    3rd installment! O_O
    They learned to count to 3!

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      O_O

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      O_O

    • Confirmed.

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