The first Manila Major results are in after two of the quarterfinals were played out. The Manila Major Main Event was kicked off with the Upper Brackets series between MVP.Phoenix and Team Liquid, followed by Na’Vi and OG. MVP.Phoenix and OG have advanced in the Upper Brackets, while Team Liquid and Na’Vi have dropped to the Lower Brackets. Four teams will be eliminated later today in the brutal first round of the Lower Brackets.
The first Manila Major results are in after the main event started out with a bang. An electric opening ceremony gave way to a thrilling first series. Both production value and team competition have been outstanding so far.
MVP.Phoenix came out of the gate swinging, riding high on the momentum from the Group Stages into the first series of the playoffs. They continued to impress everyone with their sheer dominance over Team Liquid and their well coordinated and well thought out drafts. Upsetting one of the tournament favorites, the Koreans have made their mark on the Upper Brackets.
OG overcame Na’Vi in the second series of the day, putting an end to the crowd favorite’s undefeated status. OG were absolutely on point today with impeccable performances, drafting and synergy. The European mix will continue their path in the Upper Brackets.
Team Liquid and Na’Vi will be playing tomorrow in the Manila Major Lower Brackets, with the hopes of surviving another day.
The Manila Major results: Upper Brackets
Four of the eight teams in the Upper Brackets have competed in the first day of the Manila Major. Team Liquid, OG, MVP.Phoenix and Na’Vi went head to head in the efforts to be the first teams to advance further into the Upper Brackets and secure a top 6 finish at the third Dota 2 Major.
Team Liquid vs. MVP.Phoenix
In the first game of the series, MVP.Phoenix clinched the victory in a convincing manner. After Team Liquid drafted two of their comfort heroes – Ursa and Earth Spirit, MVP.Phoenix went with an interesting lineup consisting of Lich, Riki and Tide Hunter. The Korean squad did a fantastic job in shutting down and keeping Ursa in check. They always seemed to be one step ahead of the European mix – highlighted in a fantastic fight outside the Roshan Pit. With great positioning and better team fights, MVP.Phoenix punished Liquid for being out of position and continued to maintain control until the end.
In the second match of the series, MVP.Phoenix started out taking the lead and were able to maintain it until the very end. Team Liquid seemed to be forcing fights that they couldn’t win. MVP.Phoenix’s superior vision gave them much more advantage in team fights. The Koreans continued to demonstrate clean execution with on spot rotations, positions and coordination. Despite the push potential coming from Team Liquid, it was MVP.Phoenix that would push strong to the end. After 63 minutes, MVP.Phoenix seized a top 6 placement with their victory.
Not just that; he did more damage with Blademail total than any of his abilities or autoattacks on their own.
— DOTABUFF (@DOTABUFF) June 7, 2016
Manila Major results: Team Liquid 0:2 MVP.Phoenix. MVP.Phoenix advance in the Upper Brackets, while Team Liquid drop to the Lower Brackets.
Na’Vi vs. OG
During the first game, Amer “Miracle-“ al-Barqawi took the Magnus against Danil “Dendi” Ishutin on Tinker mid to give a bit of a different match up. OG took the first blood and then the next three kills to take the lead in the early game and control the tempo. With perfect execution of spells and strategy, OG controlled the entire game and ran through Na’Vi with little resistance to take the first match.
— DOTABUFF (@DOTABUFF) June 7, 2016
The second match saw another aggressive start from OG, as they seized the rune and first blood. The match was fairly even for the first 13 minutes of the game, when OG pulled ahead after a favorable Roshan. Miracle-‘s Invoker was flawless and outstanding, ending with a 17:0:5 record. In a convincing 39 minutes, OG grabbed the victory and the series win.
— Nahaz (@NahazDota) June 7, 2016
Manila Major results: Na’Vi 0:2 OG. OG advance in the Upper Brackets, while Na’Vi drop to the Lower Brackets.
The Manila Major main event
The Manila Major main event will take place between June 7th-12th, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. Viewers and visitors are in for six days of action. The Grand Finals will take place on Sunday, June 12th.
Manila Major main event brackets
Manila Major main event schedule – Day 1
Tuesday, June 7th, starting at 04:00 CEST
04:00 CEST – Upper Bracket Round 1 (best-of-three) – Team Liquid vs MVP Phoenix
07:20 CEST – Upper Bracket Round 1 (best-of-three) – Na’Vi vs OG
10:40 CEST – Lower Bracket Round 1 (best-of-one) – Wings Gaming vs compLexity Gaming
12:00 CEST – Lower Bracket Round 1 (best-of-one) – Alliance vs Mineski
13:20 CEST – Lower Bracket Round 1 (best-of-one) – Evil Geniuses vs ViCi Gaming.Reborn
14:40 CEST – Lower Bracket Round 1 (best-of-one) – Team Empire vs Team Secret
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 Manila Major Grand Finals will be best-of-five series, with no winners’ advantage.