Manila Major panel announced

Dota 2 Andreea “divushka” Esanu

The third Major starts in less than two weeks with some of usual suspects missing from the talent line up, but with quite a few new names brought in to give us their insights and knowledge about the competitors.

Returning in his hosting chair will be Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner, leading the team for the third time at a Valve event, while Jacob 'SirActionSlacks' Kanner will make his debut as interviewer at a premier event.

Neither Jorien 'Sheever' van der Heijden nor Dakota 'KotLGuy' Cox will be part of the Manila Major broadcast team.  As for casters, William 'Blitz' Lee, Troels 'syndereN' Nielsen, Andrew 'Zyori' Campbell and Vitalii 'v1lat' Volochai are the four big missing names from the list. According to a tweet made immediately after the official announcement, v1lat will sit this one out due to personal reasons. However, he will be commentating the group stage remotely .

Casters and Hosts:

Paul 'ReDeYe' Chaloner
Jacob 'SirActionSlacks' Kanner
Austin 'Capitalist' Walsh
Toby 'Tobiwan' Dawson
Andrew Lee 'Draskyl' Stiles
Owen 'ODPixel' Davies
David 'Godz' Parker
David 'LD' Gorman
Ben 'Merlini' Wu
Niklas 'Wagamama' Hogstrom
Travis 'Maut' Bueno

On the analyst desk for the first time at an official Valve event are Dominik 'Black^' Reitmeier, Ioannis 'Fogged' Loucas and the ex Evil Geniuses manager, Charlie 'Charlie' Yang. Both Jacob 'Maelk' Toft-Andersen and Sébastien '7ckingMad' Debs will not be part of this Major’s team.

Analyst Desk:

Chan 'Winter' Litt-Binn
Kevin 'Purge' Godec
Alan 'Nahaz' Bester
Dominik 'Black^' Reitmeier
Ioannis 'Fogged' Loucas
Charlie 'Charlie' Yang


Johan 'Weppas' Westberg
Rikard Holm 'Skrff' Melin
Travis 'Maut'Bueno

The Manila Major main event will kick off on June 7th at the Mall of Asia Arena but a group stage will be played behind closed doors a few days ahead. Dates, groups draws and full schedule are yet to be announced.

source:  themanilamajor.com
title image source ESL One


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Andreea “divushka” Esanu
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  • Andrew "Mac_" O ,
    Nothing wrong with mixing up the casters/analysts in between TIs for Majors. They can't invite all the personalities so might as well reward those that won't make it to TI. Also, this is another way to really determine who the best are for TI. Kudos on this one Valve.
  • justin "justiins" CC ,
    Yey volvo invited Nahaz, this guy is cool.
  • "DELETED-USER-1537429621" ,
    charlie "monolith" yang...... "charlie" and lul sheever
  • arvell "revy.stryker" skynative ,
    no girl caster/analyst. #sad though I knew SHEEVER quality isn't quite meet-up with the expected level of a Major. but at least they should've invite one. there are still options out there which could offer some decent knowledge, such as ANNEDROID or LILY for example.
    • Bence "MeltingSnow" Pesenyánszki ,
      What's wrong with Sheever? She's improved a lot and both her and kotlguy did much better than James the "ass"...
    • Georgi "d1sturb3d1" Dimitrov ,
      There are other girls in DotA that are actually good at what they do. LlamaDownUnder for instance is a really nice caster, who actually pays attention to what she does. I'd invite her 10 times over Sheever who still after all those years can't get her English sorted.
  • fuck "pinoyshit" pinoy ,
    Black^ Kreygasm KappaPride
  • Kyrl Haydn "MercyrL" LIgan ,
    No Maelk??? :( "Justice for Milk!!!"
  • Milen "Thunderbane" Ivanov ,
    I dont like Sheever hasnt been invited. She's the only woman from all dota 2 western casters. You dont have to make comparissons btw her and the best male casters. She always brings something different to the games, she's positive, she's smiling, and she's a woman. End of story. Valve have to take care of her.


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