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Four online qualifiers to be held on March 18, 19, 25 and 26 will award each of their victors a pre-playoff slot. The winners of the 20 branch qualifiers, all held at Mineski’s eponymous internet cafes across the Philippines, will compete for 12 more pre-playof fslots. Dates and venues for the online and branch qualifiers can be seen in the graphic below. Through a group-based format, the 16 pre-playoff teams will be whittled down to 4 on May 3 and 4. These teams will then duke it out in the main playoffs on May 5 and 6 with top local contenders Mineski, Execration, TNC Pro Team and Happy Feet for The Manila Masters’ sole Filipino slot. Of note is TNC, who scored $830,000 (PHP41,000,000) in the last 3 months by placing 1st at the World Electronic Sports Games and 3rd/4th at Starladder I-League Season 3. The proposed bracketing is posted below: The Manila Masters is the Philippines’ latest international Dota 2 tournament and is a collaboration between local organizing body MET and the multinational ESL. Happening from May 26 to 28 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, it will feature 8 teams from across the globe and a prize pool of $250,000 (PHP12,000,000). Among the confirmed participants are The International 2016 champions Evil Geniuses and three-time Major winner Team OG. Justin Banusing is a 17 year-old student and eSports journalist from Iloilo City.
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