On May 6, 2017, Clutch Gamers beat out the TNC Pro Team 3-1 in a BO5 affair. By doing so, the Philippines-based team gave the hometown crowd a team to root for as they grabbed hold of the final spot for the Manila Masters via the Philippines Qualifiers. Here is everything you need to know in our Manila Masters Preview.
What Is The Manila Masters?
The Manila Masters is the first of a new series of premier tournaments set to be hosted by ESL and the Mineski-Events Team. It’s the third big tournament to be held in the Philippines in the past two years, with the first two being the ESL One Manila 2016 and the extremely successful Manila Major in 2016.
The premier tournament features a $250,000 USD prize pool. It’s set to be held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The format, schedule and official prize pool allocation has yet to be announced as of publication.
Which Teams Are Playing?
The tournament will feature 8 teams battling during the main event, which will run from May 26 through May 28, 2017.
The tournament extended direct invites to the following teams:
- Evil Geniuses
- Team Secret
- Team NP
Meanwhile, the following teams each had to go win their respective qualifiers to earn their spot at the tournament:
- Invictus Gaming (China)
- Team Faceless (SEA)
- Clutch Gamers (Philippines)
Manila Masters Preview – Who Are The Heavy Favourites?
Champions of the Kiev Major, Team OG has won a record four majors and two back-to-back since its inception. So, it should already go without saying that Team OG is the odds-on favorite to win the tournament. You can look to them to try to build some serious momentum as they try to finally nab that ever elusive aegis at TI 7.
Odds for OG are currently 2.65 for an OG outright win at 10bet.
Make no mistake, though, the Manila Masters features some top teams who could just easily win it all.
Evil Geniuses, arguably the top of the team NA region, has proven time and time again that they shouldn’t be overlooked. Meanwhile the same goes for Team MP, who will look to try out their new roster, with FATA- and pieliedie having recently joined the team. Speaking of new rosters, Team Secret will also sport a new look heading into the event. Their newest addition, YapzOr, may be a big gamer changer, mainly thanks to his rather aggressive playstyle at position 4.
Look to Newbee to try to prove that they remain China’s best team, despite their disappointing 9th-16th place finish at the Kiev Major. Invictus Gaming, who placed 3rd/4th at the same event, may have something to say about that.
SEA teams Team Faceless and Clutch Gamers aren’t to be taken lightly either. The former has won nearly every SEA tournament it has participated in. On top of that, the team had a strong showing at the Kiev Major, earning a Top 8 finish. Meanwhile, Clutch Gamers is a new team that looks to make a name itself at the Manila Masters. With Gabbi in their roster, they might just be able to pull off an upset or two at the said event.
There are five premier or LAN tournaments before the start of the TI7 open qualifiers following the Kiev Major. The Manila Masters is one of them.
With the International 2017 looming on the horizon, you can expect the participating teams at the Manila Masters to play at their absolute best and try to prove they deserve one of the few direct invites to the prestigious event, which is set to be held in Seattle again later this year.
Full betting odds
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