The Killer in Manila: Phillippines confirmed as hosts of the Spring Major

Dota 2 Jodi “PizzaDog” Odgers

Image from Wykyrhm Reddy's Twitter account

Valve have announced in the latest post on their blog that Manila will host the major to follow the Shanghai Major. The Manila Major is scheduled for early June.

When The Philippines are mentioned in relation to Dota, many pub players recall their agonising experience with unco-operative, toxic players making their games unpleasant in the South-East Asia region and beyond. However, Valve see the country as one where Dota is thriving. They have enough faith in the Filipino Dota scene to announce on their blog that Manila, the capital city of the Philippines, will host a Major in early June.

Many people, including David 'MoonMeander' Tan in the tweet above, were expecting the follow-up to the Shanghai Major to be hosted in Singapore. Valve’s decision further indicates a strong intention to grow the Dota community in the Philippines and South-East Asia as a whole. Between ESL One Manila (taking place on the 23rd and 24th of April) and the Manila Major itself (scheduled for early June), there is a lot to look forward to for Dota fans in the region.

However, some personalities such as Greg ‘WhatIsHipTV’ Laird have expressed concerns that the short period of time between ESL One Manila and the Manila Major may dampen attendance at ESL One Manila. If fans from outside the region were to travel, they would more likely do so for the Manila Major than ESL One. Time will tell whether concerns such as these will be realised.

Despite some trepidation, the majority of sentiment towards the announcement of the Manila Major has been positive. Fans from all over the world are excited for the Philippines to host the next in Valve’s monumental Dota 2 tournaments. While the exact dates of the Manila Major have not yet been announced, the revelation of the venue is more than enough to allow the hype train for the Manila Major to leave the station. Keep an eye on GosuGamers.net for further announcements regarding the Manila Major!

Headline image from Valve's Dota 2 blog

Source: Valve's Dota 2 blog


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  • "Booncz" ,
    It was either this or CIS region.
  • Nel "GosuGamers_user_364782" Gal ,
    This'll definitely catch the attention of the media & the government here in the Philippines which will be good for the E-sports community of the country & soon the region. Yes our gaming community is pretty toxic but once the professional players will see how the fans love the game & how welcoming the community is in here? i'm sure they are gonna love it, i assure you that. Add more salt MoonMeander. #SALT #SALT #SALT #SALT
  • Dastan "INS.GG" Aubakir ,
    So no Kiev Major for Spring? Disinformation everywhere))) P.S. Too early to announce Spring Major. Winter Major Main Event has not started yet.
    • Danica "danicadanica" Ahhhhhh <3 ,
      Valve realised that tickets from ESL Manila sold out in just an hour so yea for their economic side they find it reliable to establish once again an event.
  • Pinoy "ITSinTheBaaaag" Dota ,
    May mga tore bang ganyan sa Manila?
  • Ernest Marvin "peacekeeper05" Esteban ,
    Peenoise although some are toxic players in game are probably also the friendliest and warmest person in real life. We are very passionate in the game eversince Dota 1 started. Although traffic confestion is a big concern in manila, the people are very hospitable and fun to be with. Singapore is a very nice, and clean place with lots of great infrastructure to accomodate the venue but I remember Nanyang Championships to be a flop (only time they got huge audience is the final day). Besides, the Mall of asia arena is a world class venue.
    • Tian Yi "v3luotianyi" Luo ,
      "Peenoise although some are toxic players in game" - can u just stop making justification? we speak in general here just letting u know. instead of writing a bullshit like this, start a campaign to tell ur fellow peenoise to be more behave during the game "Singapore is a very nice, and clean place with lots of great infrastructure to accomodate the venue but I remember Nanyang Championships to be a flop (only time they got huge audience is the final day). " - true enough. i hope u made ur statement should be like this factual and rational


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