The Dota 2 Asia Championship, a three-month-long E-sports tournament has finally been concluded on April 4, 2017 with its crowned champion team “Invictus Gaming” from China having their star player Dota 2 veteran Zhi Lei “Burning” Xu, winning a sweet 12.24Million pesos.
With an initial prize pool of $500,000 USD, the prize kept growing as every fan/gamer contributes 20% of sales from purchased in-game items until it reached a staggering $611,997 USD or 30.6 Million pesos! The prize pool was split into 12 competing teams coming from different regions around the globe. The farther a participant achieves, the bigger the slice of pie a player gets.
The Invictus Gaming was followed at second place by team “O.G.” from Europe and team “Newbee”, another representative of China, at third place.
DOTA 2 is a free to play video game for PC that is developed and published by Valve Corporation. It is a sequel to the hit game DOTA which means “Defense of the Ancients”. The main objective of the game is to destroy the enemy team’s base called the “ancient”. The game is played in a fight between two teams that consists of five players; each controlling their own unique powerful characters or heroes.
It may be the most famous video game nowadays in the Philippines for it has been getting more attention recently. Especially last year in the tournament “The International 6” when the Pinoy Dota Squad “TNC” eliminated team “O.G.”, the team that many anticipated to be the champions of the annual “best of the best” tourney.
Though “TNC” didn’t get farther into the tournament, it still took home $519,262USD or 25.9Million Pesos at 7th place!
This April, the Manila Masters qualifier registration has opened, and will kick off April 8th. The Main event will be held on May 26-28 at the famous Mall of Asia in Manila.
Last year, it already hosted two prestigious Dota 2 tournaments; the Manila Major in June 2016 and ESL One Manila in April 2016.