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8 Teams, 1 Trophy, meet your Manila Masters participants

8 Teams, 1 Trophy, meet your Manila Masters participants

by LouisMay 7, 2017
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The biggest Esports event in the Philippines this year completes its 8-team roster and we are ready to crown a new Dota 2 Master.

A year ago, the Philippine islands became home to 2 prestigious Dota 2 events that proved just how much the Filipino crowd love Esports as the SM Mall of Asia Arena was jam-packed with attendees for both ESL One Manila and the Manila Major, this year, the Filipino crowd will once again be put to the test as the new Masters tournament series holds it inaugural event, the Manila Masters, later this May.

After handing out 6 invites, and the grueling journey of South East Asian and Filipino teams in the SEA and Philippine qualifier rounds, the 8-team roster for the Manila Masters is now complete, and in about 3 weeks time, we are going to crown a new Dota 2 champion here in Manila.

And now, as we near the end of the road of the Manila Masters journey, let us first meet the 8 participants that will fight for the right to become the first Masters series champion.

Evil Geniuses


Team #BleedBlue has established themselves to become one of the most dominant teams of today but not after its early years of obscurity. As they struggled to find the right groove during their early days, the team then started to clinch major and premiere Dota 2 championship titles from 2013 and beyond, with their most significant victory being the TI5 championship. While their previous journey here in Manila did not produce favorable results, team Evil Geniuses returns, headed by Andreas “Cr1t” Nielsen and now having carry player Artour “Arteezy” Babaev in tow, to try and break their Manila curse and win the Masters championship.

Evil Geniuses Team Roster

  • Artour “Arteezy” Babaev
  • Sumail “Suma1L” Hassan
  • Saahil “UNiVeRsE” Arora
  • Ludwig “zai” Wåhlberg
  • Andreas “Cr1t” Nielsen

OG Dota 2


The most fearsome team for anyone to face against, OG Dota 2 returns to Manila, fresh from their 4th Dota 2 Major Championship win at Kiev, and is now looking to win their 2nd Manila title after winning the Manila Major back in 2016. The all-star squad which was formed from the remnants of other former top teams made themselves known by securing major finishes in tournaments since their inception back in late 2015, and has solidified their status at the top of Dota 2’s ranks by winning not just 1 but 4 Dota 2 Major titles, with only one championship title to go in order to establish their reign, The International. While OG, despite their dominant form, has always critiqued when it comes to individual performance, particularly their mid player Anathan “ana” Pham and carry player Johan “n0tail” Sundstein, there is no taking back that what they have accomplished is enough for them to become formidable opponents at the Masters this May

OG Dota 2 Team Roster

  • Johan “n0tail” Sundstein
  • Anathan “ana” Pham
  • Gustav “s4” Magnusson
  • Jesse “JerAx” Vainikka
  • Tal “Fly” Aizik



China’s Dota 2 pro scene has always been a power struggle with the ranks easily switching between teams when it comes to who takes the top and team Newbee is one of those who have been competing to be China’s best. Although their most recent international tournament placements have not been favorable, Newbee takes part in the Chinese power struggle by securing first place finishes in numerous pro events within China, as they hope to maximize the potential of their roster which is a mix of both old and new with the young pros teaming up with veterans, and clinch their first international tournament title since 2014 here in Manila.

Newbee Team Roster

  • Xu “uuu9” Han
  • Song “Sccc” Chun
  • Damien “kpii” Chok
  • Hu “Kaka” Liangzhi
  • Zeng “Faith” Hongda

Team Secret


Team Secret is perhaps the most celebrated team of Dota 2 today as their story has become a mix of both achievement and controversy ever since their inception during the aftermath of TI4, poised to become an all-star squad that is not hindered by the politics and philosophies of the corporate that is present in most top Esports teams, Secret has had its ups and downs both in achievement and reputation as their championship wins are partnered with controversies and player issues. Still, the team’s fanbase has become deeply rooted within the Filipino Dota 2 community as team captain Clement “Puppey” Ivanov somehow still continues to deliver his mind-wracking strategies to win matches, if not, to please fans, just be sure to hide those monitors yo’.

Team Secret Team Roster

  •  Pyo “MP” No-a
  • Yeik “MidOne” Nai Zheng
  • Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann
  • Yazied “YapzOr” Jaradat
  • Clement “Puppey” Ivanov

Team NP


The tale of NP is the tale of EternalEnvy, as the Canadian pro tries to find the right groove in order to break away from the “Curse of the Second Place” by, well, forming a team of friends that was once part of him when the “curse” was in effect. Although the team has been competing in international tournaments, their overall performance has baffled scientists, although that proved to be not enough for them to lose their fanbase as the community somehow still continues to love the team that is basically the rebirth of the old Cloud9. If NP will win the Masters or not, that question will be answered later this May as they face off against the other 7 teams that are also looking to win the first Masters championship.

Team NP Team Roster

  • Jacky “EternalEnvy” Mao
  • Adrian “FATA-” Trinks
  • Arif “MSS” Anwar
  • Kurtis “Aui_2000” Ling
  • Johan “pieliedie” Åström

Invictus Gaming


Invictus Gaming was a team formed through the costly acquisition of players from China’s pioneer gaming clubs and was aimed to become the country’s most dominant team if not for the politics and controversies that revolved around their corporate affiliates. However, as they have struggled to find their groove, iG is once again back at the top of the Chinese ranks, now caught in a power struggle between the likes of LGD and Newbee as to who claims the top, and now continues their story with one of the most popular Chinese pros of today, the legendary Xu “BurNIng” Zhilei.

Invictus Gaming Team Roster

  • Xu “BurNIng” Zhilei
  • Ou “OP” Peng
  • Lin “Xxs” Jing
  • Ye “Boboka” Zhibiao
  • Fu “Q” Bin

Team Faceless


Team Faceless started off as an obscure mix of western and eastern playstyles, led by Daryl “iceiceice” Koh Pei Xiang, and was formed during the latter parts of 2016. Bringing in the famous western carry Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier, the team quickly established a dominant reign over South East Asia, always contesting for the #1 spot in the region and brutally defending it against any who try and take it away from them. While the team is yet to prove themselves on an international scale, their upcoming tournament in Manila might give them more confidence as they face opponents in front of one of the major SEA communities, who will be absolutely cheering for them as they try to win the Masters title.

Team Faceless Team Logo

  • Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier
  • Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong
  • Daryl “iceiceice” Koh Pei Xiang
  • Toh “xy-” Wai Hong
  • Wong “Nutz” Jeng Yih

Clutch Gamers


Clutch Gamers is perhaps one of the most surprising entrants to the Manila Masters as they defeated TNC Pro Team Dota 2 3-1 in the finals of the Philippines qualifiers, and is now perhaps South East Asia’s new breakout team. Formed during late 2016 under the wings of Jaseem “Gangster” Khan, founder of the Power Gaming organization, the Filipino squad has made a name for themselves as they secure significant achievements in tournaments within South East Asia, surpassing the likes of Fnatic, Mineski, and Execration when it comes to the regional rankings. Perhaps their surprise streak will continue until the main event of the Masters? That we have to find out, but surely the Filipinos will now be cheering for them later this May as they carry on the Filipino flag and pride in the Mall of Asia Arena.

Clutch Gamers Team Roster

  • Khim “Gabbi” Villafuerte
  • Armel Paul “Armel” Tabios
  • Rafael “Rapy” Sicat Palo
  • Marvin “Boombacs” Rushton
  • Kenneth “flysolo” Coloma

The Manila Masters is the Philippines 3rd premiere Dota 2 event, and the first in the new Masters series of tournaments hosted by ESL, happening this coming May 26 to 28 in the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, Metro Manila.

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