Philippines Open Qualifiers for ESL One Manila will begin next weekend, January 24th. With a total of seven open qualifiers, eight teams will have the chance to advance into the second phase of qualifiers to determine the one local team to represent the Philippines at ESL One Manila. The organization had promised that one Filipino team would be playing in ESL One Manila this April.
Being given their own qualifier, the Philippines will begin to find the one team worthy enough to compete and represent the country in the upcoming ESL One Manila tournament scheduled April 23-24, at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The Philippines Open Qualifiers will begin January 24th with seven various qualifiers events, one per week, until Sunday March 6th.
Eight Teams will advance from the qualifiers to compete in the second phase of the Philippines Open Qualifiers, alongside notable teams such as Mineski, TnC, Execration, Extremist.
All teams will have another chance to qualify at a later date in the overall SEA open qualifiers for the event.
Philippines Open Qualifiers ESL One Manila
The qualifier will take place in two phases
Phase 1 of the Philippines Open Qualifiers
- Sign ups are open HERE
- Seven open qualifiers
- One per week
- January 24-March 6
- Online and local LAN
- Mineski-Events Teams will be organizing and running qualifiers
- Eight teams total will advance to Phase 2
Phase 2 of the Philippines Open Qualifiers
- Eight qualified teams
- Four invited teams
- single elimination brackets
- Qualified teams place in the first round
- Mineski, TnC, Execration and Extremist seeded into the second round
- One team will qualify to represent the Philippines at ESL One Manila
ESL One Manila
On December 8th, ESL had officially announced ESL One Manila – 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 had been expected to be Southeast Asia’s largest esports event to date. A local Filipino Dota 2 team will be invited to compete alongside some of the best Dota 2 teams in the world for a $250,000 prize pool.
According to ESL’s announcement, the organization’s first venture on the Asian continent will bring ESL to a yearly Dota 2 prize fund milestone of $750,000 – a step closer to their promise of pledging one million dollars in Dota 2 prize money over a twelve-month period.
As has become habit in ESL’s Dota 2 events – ESL One Frankfurt and ESL One New York, the latest addition to the tournament circuit, ESL One Manila, promises to pit together some of the best teams in the world. A local Filipino team will be invited to compete, in order to help further establish the region’s esports scene.
Tickets have gone on sale today 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.