ESL One Manila confirms Team Secret’s participation in the event after all. Originally it was reported that Team Secret had declined the invite that was extended to them. ESL One Manila then invited EHOME and Team Liquid as the two invited teams. Only yesterday it was also confirmed that the format and schedule had been changed to include a GSL style group stage format and an additional day. ESL One Manila will be held from April 22-24 featuring a $250,000 prize pool and eight teams – Team Secret, EHOME, Team Liquid and five teams from the various regions still to be determined.
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ESL One Manila has announced that Team Secret has now accepted their invitation to the event.
Previously it had been reported that the European Squad had declined their invite, along with Evil Geniuses.
EHOME and Team Liquid were then announced as the two teams which had accepted their direct invite.
There has been no additional information provided regarding further changes in the number of qualified teams to attend.
The news comes only one day after the announcement of the format and schedule changes. Instead of the usual single elimination ESL One format, the event will feature a GSL style group stage ahead of main event. In order to accommodate the new format, the tournament has been extended one additional day, beginning on April 22nd.
After undergoing recent tournament format changes, we’re happy to announce our third and final invite for ESL One Manila! The boys from Team Secret have confirmed that they will be competing at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. Team captain Clement “Puppey” Ivanov’s has played at every ESL One tournament so far, twice in Frankfurt and twice in New York, with Manila marking his fifth consecutive ESL One appearance
ESL One Manila schedule
The new adjusted schedule will extend the tournament by one more day of competition. It will now start on Friday, April 22nd, with the initial group stage games.
ESL One Manila format
ESL One Manila format groupstage
- ESL One Manila group stage will be played in a classic GSL format.
- The participating teams will be split up into two groups.
In each group, the teams will play best-of-three matches, as shown below:
Match #1: Team A vs. Team B
Match #2: Team C vs. Team D
Winners’ match (WM): Winner of Match #1 vs. winner of Match #2 – winner advances to the Upper Bracket
Losers’ match (EM): Loser of Match #1 vs. loser of Match #2 – loser drops to the Lower Bracket
Decider match: Loser of WM vs. winner of EM – winner advances to the Upper Bracket and loser drops to Lower Bracket
- The group stage will determine the seeding for the main event.
- Four teams will be seeded into the main event Upper Brackets, while the remaining four will start the main event in the Lower Brackets.
- No teams will be eliminated in the group stage.
ESL One Manila format: Main event
- All teams will play a double-elimination bracket.
- Four teams (top two teams of each of the groups) will start the main event in the Upper Bracket.
- Four teams (bottom two teams of each of the groups) will start the main event in the Lower Bracket.
- All the Upper Bracket match-ups will be best-of-three series.
- The first round of the Lower Bracket matches will be best-of-one elimination series. The following rounds will be best-of-three elimination series.
- The Grand Finals will be best-of-five series, with no winners’ advantage.
ESL One Manila qualified teams
All qualifiers are currently still underway
- One team from Americas: TBD
- One team from Europe: TBD
- One team from China: TBD
- One team from Philippines: TBD
- Two teams from SEA: TBD
ESL One Manila invited teams
Towards the end of January, ESL One had announced that EHOME was the first team to accept the direct invite to the main event. The Chinese stars were the first of two teams to accept the direct invitation.
Only days later, it was revealed that Team Liquid was the second, and final, team to accept the invite.
Team Secret have become the third team to accept an invite to the event.
ESL One Manila
On December 8th ESL One announced the organization’s first Dota 2 tournament to be held in Southeast Asia. ESL One Manila will be organized in collaboration with PLDT Fibr and GameX and is Southeast Asia’s first premier esports event.
ESL One Manila will take place between April 22-24, at the Mall of Asia Arena, in Manila, Philippines.
In effort to grow the local scene and showcase regional talent, a local Filipino Dota 2 team will qualify to compete alongside some of the best Dota 2 teams in the world for a $250,000 prize pool.
ESL One Manila tickets
Tickets have gone on sale and are available for prices ranging from $10 for a general admission two-day pass, to $106 for VIP tickets which include free food and drinks, goodie bags, exclusive signing sessions and premium seating in front of the stage.
ESL One Manila will be hosted at the Mall of Asia Arena
The Mall of Asia Arena is an indoor arena within the SM Mall of Asia complex, in Manila, Philippines. A rather new, state-of-the-art building, the arena has only been inaugurated in 2012 and has a seating capacity of 16,000 for sporting events, and a full house capacity of 20,000.