Manila Major Groups have been released, giving fans and teams the first glimpse into the battle grounds for the Spring Major set to start at the end of the week. The sixteen teams have been divided into four groups of four in preparation of the GSL group stage format. The release of the groups give teams just under one week to prepare their strategies and scouting reports to gain the best advantage in order to ensure a upper bracket placement going into the main event. Group Stage is set to take place June 3-4th.
— Wykrhm Reddy (@wykrhm) May 28, 2016
The Manila Majors will started with a closed group stage scheduled between June 3rd-4th. It will then progress to the open main event set to take place at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines June 7-12th.
Sixteen teams – which have already been established through direct invites, open and regional qualifiers – will compete for a $3,000,000 prize-pool.
Manila Major Groups schedule
- The Manila Major group stage will take place over the course of four days, between June 3rd -4th. Played in a classic GSL format, the group stage will determine the Upper and Lower Bracket seeding of the teams for the double-elimination main event. Just like in TI5’s case, no public access will be permitted during the Manila Major group stage.
Manila Major Groups
- Team Empire
- compLexity Gaming
- Wings Gaming
- Digital Chaos
- Team Secret
- Team Liquid
- ViCi Gaming.Reborn
- Evil Geniuses
- LGD Gaming
Manila Major Groups format
- The Manila Major group stage will be played in a classic GSL format.
- The 16 participating teams will be split up into four groups of four.
In each group, the teams will play a total of five 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 Manila Major main event.
- Eight teams will be seeded into the main event Upper Brackets, while the remaining eight will start the main event in the Lower Brackets.
- No teams will be eliminated in the group stage.
Manila Major schedule: Main event
- The Manila Major main event will take place from June 7 through June 12th, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila Philippines. More specific details about the daily Manila Major schedule will be made available
The Manila Major finals will take place on Sunday, June 12th.
Manila Major Main event format
- Sixteen teams will play a double-elimination bracket.
- Eight teams (top two teams of each of the four groups) will start the main event in the Upper Bracket.
- Eight teams (bottom two teams of each of the four 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.
Manila Major participating teams
Manila Major prize pool distribution
- First place – $1,110,000
- Second place – $405,000
- Third place – $315,000
- Fourth place – $255,000
- Fifth/sixth place – $202,000
- Seventh/eighth place – $105,000
- Ninth-twelfth place – $45,000
- Thirteenth-sixteenth place – $30,000
Manila Major tickets
- Tickets for the Manila Major was sold out in approximately one hour for each of the two releases.
- The venue has three seating tiers. Tickets were priced according to the respective seating tier.
- ₱200/100/50 (approximately $4.25/$2.13/$1.05) per day for the weekdays, and ₱400/200/100 (approximately $8.50/$4.25/$2.13) per day for the weekend days – including the grand finals.
The third and final Dota 2 Major of the year will be held in Manila, Philippines at the Mall of Asia – a rather new, state-of-the-art in-door venue. 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. The total prize-pool of $3,000,000 is a fixed amount and PGL will be in charge of production.