OG has done it again. After coming into the Manila Major with one of this year’s majors under their belt – they won at Frankfurt back in November – the European roster stormed through both the group and bracket stages, taking home 1st place and the $1.11 million prize. They took down the tournament favorites Team Liquid in the grand finals.
Interestingly, this is the exact same roster that has been in place since after The International 2015. While most teams have shifted their lineups around drastically in the past year, OG seems committed to continuing their hot streak with the exact same players they’ve been playing with for the last 9 months.
As for Team Liquid, Manila marks the second major in a row in which they’ve finished in 2nd place. At both Manila and Shanghai, they fought their way back through the lower bracket, only to fall 1-3 in the grand finals. Expect them to play hungry and angry (hangry?) once The International 2016 rolls around in August.
Keep your eye on Yahoo Esports for more breakdowns of the Manila Major.
Taylor Cocke, for one, welcomes his new European Dota 2 overlords. Follow him on Twitter @taylorcocke.