Day 2 at the Manila Masters from Mall of Asia brought us great games, with two teams getting eliminated from the tournament. It also featured a clash between Evil Geniuses and Newbee to determine the first Grand Finalist of Manila Masters.

Elimination Match

Team Secret versus Team NP

Game 1 Draft –

Team Secret ◊ Team NP ♦
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Also termed as “Monitor v/s Chair”, this match-up had months of build-up and the conclusion didn’t fail to disappoint. NP seemed unstoppable throughout early and mid-game with the Bristleback-Wisp combo absorbing all the damage Team Secret could dish out. Meanwhile, Fata’s Templar Assassin managed to get multiple crucial kills and lane of racks in the midst of this chaos. However, Team Secret persevered through it all, as the duration on BKBs for Team NP reduced with every team fight. With abundance of control on Secret, they kited around the Bristleback and managed to overcome the 20K gold deficit around the 1-hour mark. Less than 10 minutes later, Team Secret was able to close game 1 and take the lead in this series.

Game 2 Draft –

Team Secret ◊ Team NP ♦
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Game 2 began as Secret looked to get a clean sweep and NP fought to stay alive in the tournament. This time Team NP used Luna, and Kunkka went to Team Secret. The latter had a good start and built a slight lead in terms of hero and tower kills. However, tides quickly turned against them around the 18th minute when they lost 4 heroes in a team-fight at NP’s middle Tier 1 tower. Momentum shifted and Team NP proceeded to secure multiple kills around the map and built an insurmountable lead. Flaws in Secret’s lineup came to light as they were unable to fight from behind this game. NP won majority of the upcoming team-fights and won the game with a FATA’s Godlike Lina to even up the series at 1-1.

Game 3 Draft –

Team Secret ◊ Team NP ♦
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With tournament life on the line, we saw the return of Bristleback and Io for Team NP and Team Secret brought the big wolf (Lycan) for the fight. The latter struggled to take down towers and in team-fights as the former combination worked well along with great lockdown from Legion Commander, Nyx and Lina. MidOne tried his best on Ember Spirit to stall out Team NP, but there was nothing to slow them down as Bristleback became a raid-boss and never died after 10 minutes into the game. However, Team NP brought down Lycan in almost every clash, as they kept building up a massive gold and XP lead. They sealed Team Secret’s fate in this tournament and sent them packing. Team NP defeated Team Secret 2-1.


Elimination Match

Team Faceless versus Clutch Gamers

Game 1 Draft –

Team Faceless ♦ Clutch Gamers ◊
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Team Faceless picked the tried and tested combination of Bristleback + Io, along with a roaming Spirit Breaker charging across the map for constant fights. Clutch Gamers matched the aggression with Slardar and Timbersaw to possibly nuke down the tanky cores of Faceless. The continuous brawls along the side lanes gave Black^ sufficient time and space to farm effectively in the middle lane. Minutes later, he showed up for team-fights in a big way, and became Godlike at 22 minutes. There was nothing Clutch could do to prevent a loss as Faceless made quick work of the home team soon after, taking a 1-0 lead and Black^ finishing with a KDA of 17-0-7.

Game 2 Draft –

Team Faceless ♦ Clutch Gamers ◊
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Clutch Gamers had a rocky start in Game 2 as Team Faceless brought back an old partner for Io, Mr. Tiny. FLYSOLO’s Treant Protector played a vital role in stemming the bleeding for Clutch Gamers and gave the team a fighting chance during mid-game. Clutch Gamers won a couple of team-fights as they looked to build some momentum. However, Black^ amped up the aggression with an 18 minutes Aghanim’s scepter on Tiny, securing kills easily along with the Wisp and the equally aggressive Spirit Breaker. Beefy cores on Team Faceless were able to mitigate all the damage Clutch Gamers could throw at them in the upcoming clashes. Faceless continued to mow down towers and focused on objectives after dispensing off the home team in the team-fights to follow. At the end, Team Faceless defeated Clutch Gamers with a clean sweep at 35 minutes in Game 2 of the series.


Winner’s Bracket Final

Newbee versus Evil Geniuses

Game 1 Draft –

Newbee ♦ Evil Geniuses ◊
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Both teams had a dominant performance at the tournament so far, and this series would decide which team secures a spot in the Grand Finals while the other team competes in the Lower Bracket finals. Newbee brought forth the Enigma for the first time at Manila Masters, and Evil Geniuses looked to replicate their success with an aggressive tri-lane centered around Razor. Newbee set their sights to shut down RTZ, and secured 5 early kills against EG’s tri-lane without any loss. EG’s aggressive strategy got decimated, but they managed to recover on the back of crucial rotations from Puck. Suma1L, almost single-handedly kept his team in the game, and RTZ looked to recover from the horrific start he had. To make matters worse, kaka killed off EG’s courier twice with crucial items on it each times.

Meanwhile, Sccc continued his impressive performance enabling Newbee to steamroll through EG’s lineup in majority of the team-fights. With a 20K Gold and 12K XP deficit, the Evil Geniuses looked for a “Hail Mary” play, and managed to bring down Sccc’s Queen of Pain. Newbee quickly retaliated by focusing Suma1L with an epicenter and black hole, while Sccc bought back to join the team-fight. Puck died without a buy-back and the fight ended in Newbee’s favor. With the number’s advantage, they proceeded to kill Roshan and stormed down mid lane.

Game 2 Draft –

Newbee ♦ Evil Geniuses ◊
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Game 2 began in similar fashion with a trilane v/s trilane. Newbee secured the first-blood bonus, but Evil Geniuses responded with two quick kills on Clockwerk and Juggernaut. Back and forth action went on as supports from both teams continued to rotate for the next few minutes securing kills across the map to give their team an advantage. EG built a slight kills and XP advantage at 11 minutes, but lost it few minutes later to a successful smoke gank by Newbee, resulting in the death of Templar Assassin. A fight broke out near Roshan’s pit which signified the downfall of EG as the Outworld Devourer got an Ultra Kill and Universe’s Dark Seer was the sole survivor for Evil Geniuses from that fight. This was the first time in many games when Suma1L failed to get a single kill on his hero. Meanwhile, Sccc devoured his opposition with 13 kills for himself and only 1 death in the entire game. After another team-wipe in the radiant base Newbee forced EG to tap out under 25 minutes, and secure their spot in the grand finals.

◊ Radiant

♦ Dire

Day 3 of Manila Masters will feature three elimination matches –

  1. Invictus Gaming versus Team NP
  2. OG versus Team Faceless
  3. Winner of Match 1 versus Winner of Match 2
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