Sixteen teams – twelve directly invited and four qualified ones – will compete for a $3 million prize-pool in this spring’s Dota 2 Major, set to kick off tomorrow, in Manila, Philippines. Half of the Manila Major teams have been playing with the same lineup since before the Shanghai Major roster lock. Three of them – Wings Gaming, Team Liquid and OG – haven’t altered their lineups in more than 9 months, since August 2015.
On many occasions, numerous key figures in the Dota 2 scene have stressed the importance of stability in terms of team rosters. Some of them have even voiced their concern that Valve’s roster lock system has failed to promote roster stability.
The roster lock system implemented by Valve might still be somewhat patchy, but it has definitely stimulated roster stability, at least as far as Tier 1 teams go.
With the current roster lock remaining in place until after The International 6 (the longest and most important one so far), most Tier 1 teams – even the ones that have not been doing very well lately – are hedging their hopes on stability, with their sights set on Seattle.
Manila Major teams
The Manila Major – the third and final Major this season in advance of The International 2016 – is produced by PGL, with the main event scheduled to take place between June 7-12 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. Sixteen teams will compete over six days in a double elimination tournament. Europe has six teams at the Manila Major, followed by China with four teams, the Americas and Southeast Asia with three representatives each.
Twelve teams – Na’Vi, Team Liquid, MVP.Phoenix, OG, Wings Gaming, compLexity Gaming, Alliance, Mineski, Evil Geniuses, ViCi Gaming.Reborn, Team Secret and Team Empire – will play in the first day of the main event. The second day will start out with the four remaining teams – Newbee, Digital Chaos, LGD Gaming and Fnatic – before heading further into the Lower Bracket rounds.
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