Team Liquid have received the second and last direct invite for ESL One Manila. The boys in blue will compete for a total prize-pool of $250,000, alongside EHOME and six qualified teams. The LAN finals will take place in Manila, Philippines, between April 23-24.
According to an announcement made by ESL, Team Liquid have answered the call to compete at ESL One Manila.
Eight teams will compete in Manila: two directly invited teams (EHOME and Team Liquid) and six qualified ones (two teams from Southeast Asia and one team from Europe, America, China, and Philippines each).
Team Secret and Evil Geniuses have declined the direct invite due to the event being close on the heels of the Manila Major in the same location weeks later.
ESL One Manila will be the region’s first premium Dota 2 tournament and will give one local team the opportunity to compete alongside some of the best teams in the world.
5Jungz walked away with their first victory only two weeks after their formation, when they defeated Golden Boys, 2:0, in the Alienware Summer’s End Cup Grand Finals.
Early October, Team Liquid grabbed the new squad, only weeks before the lineup took a commendable 4th place at the Nanyang Championships LAN.
Charging forward, the squad then seized back to back championship titles in D2CL Season 6 and in The Defense 5.
Although they only took fifth place at The Summit 4, they grabbed third place at the WCA 2015 LAN, demonstrating their incredibly strong will and talent to thrive in the international scene, qualified for the Shanghai Major and placed 3rd-4th at StarLadder i-League, in Minsk.
Team Liquid roster:
Kuro “Kuroky” Salehi Takhasomi
Adrian “FATA-“ Trinks
Jesse “JerAX” Vainikka
Lasse “MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen
Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Borislavov
ESL One Manila
On December 8th, ESL 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.
In the attempt to help the local scene develop and showcase regional talent, a local Filipino team will qualify to compete alongside some of the best Dota 2 teams in the world for the $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
ESL One Manila will be hosted at The Mall of Asia Arena – 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.