Presenting theScore esports' Manila Major Awards

theScore esports Staff

The final Dota 2 Major of 2016 was thrilling from start to finish, and as such deserves to be remembered properly. So we have scoured through the footage to find for you the best moments of the event and present: theScore esports' Manila Major Award!

Best First Blood

It was close but no cigar for Alliance, as Mineski steal away the Best First Blood award for their fantastic save of Ryan "raging-_-potato" Jay Qui and turnaround gank.

Things looked grim for the Minseki mid player as he was completely caught out by Gustav "s4" Magnusson and Jerry "EGM" Lundkvist's Invis Rune gank. Thankfully, a quick Faerie Fire and Spirit Siphon combo gave Bimbo just enough hp to survive the burst and give his teammates time to teleport in and smash the Alliance members.

And the hometown crowd loved every second of it.

Best Teamfight

Every now and again you see a teamfight that is so beautifully played by one team that you can't help but shed a tear. In this case, MVP Phoenix absolutely wrecked Team Liquid, taking down all five players and forcing out three buy-backs.

What's so impressive about this teamfight is the flawless in-and-out play of the MVP members, dancing around Liquid's attempted initiations and only committing with cooldowns up and a specific target in mind. It's that sort of communication and trust that allows a team to pull off such an amazing teamfight.

Biggest Fail

Even among some great games, there are moments the players would rather you forgot — this is just one of those, a fail in two parts with players on both teams blundering to the amusement of the casters and audience alike.

It started with Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka whiffing his Earth Spirit Rolling Boulder and ending up in a bit of an awkward spot up on the cliff near Fnatic's tier-1 top lane tower. A fail certainly, but not completely unheard of. However, not to be outdone, Chong Xin "Ohaiyo" Khoo misjudged where the Team Liquid support ended up, completely wasting not only his Dark Seer Vacuum, but also his Wall of Replica, giving JerAx enough time to roll away scott-free.


Best Juke

Sometimes you just need to lace up your juke shoes to make it out of a tight spot, and that's exactly what David "MoonMeander" Tan did to escape from the clutches of Team Liquid and walk away from two enemies with sub-25 hp.

Completely caught out before the creeps had even spawned, Moon used his skills and items to their absolute maximum, Fireflying through the trees and popping his Salve, Tangos and Faerie Fires at the perfect moments to limp away, denying Liquid First Blood with this brilliant bit of juking.

Best Roshan Fight

You've probably seen bigger Black Holes, and ones that have caught more people, but few are as clutch as Djardel Jicko B. "DJ" Mampusti's from Game 3 of Fnatic's set against LGD-Gaming.

With two of his teammates caught out by LGD's Ravage, DJ sprung into action, counter-initiating onto all three of LGD's cores with a Blink-Black Hole, saving Chong Xin "Ohaiyo" Khoo with a sliver of health and giving Zheng "MidOne" Yeik Nai the opening he needed to chew up LGD's damage dealers.

A four-for-zero and Roshan on top of it all? Yeah, that's a good Rosh fight.

Play of the Tournament

In our Play of the Tournament, MVP Phoenix once again demonstrates their impeccable teamfighting an decision making, this time pulling off a miracle hold against the massively ahead (not to mention Aegis and Cheesed) LGD-Gaming and somehow surviving with four members.

It started with a small mistake from LGD's Sun "Agressif" Zheng, but MVP wasted no time in pouncing on the opportunity to defend their barracks against the overwhelming odds. The hero of the fight is truly Kim "DuBu" Doo-young, whose fantastic Ice Shards prevented LGD from exiting the fight and whose quick thinking with Snowball saved his team from the devastating damage of LGD's Magnetize.

Watch and be amazed!

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The Best of Miracle-: The MMR God of Dota 2

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Since exploding onto the scene as a founding member of OG, Amer "Miracle-" Al-Barqawi has been a force in the world of Dota 2, leaving opponents in the dust and fans speechless with his unbelievable talent.

With two Major titles under his belt and record-setting MMR, Miracle- is the undisputed best player in the world. From his breakout as a member of (monkey) Business to now on Team Liquid, check out the best of what Miracle- can do.

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The Best Fails from the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals

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We've already celebrated Team Liquid's moments of triumph, but now we turn our attention to something decidedly less serious.

Whether it's David "MoonMeander" Tan introducing his teammates or Jake "SirActionSlacks" Kanner struggling with the English language, Jesse "JerAx" Vainikka booping his teammates into the enemy fountain or facepalm-worthy production, relive some of the funniest moments and the best fails from the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 Finals.

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Report: Fnatic unable to compete in Dota 2 Asia Championship Qualifiers

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Fnatic will not longer be competing in the Dota 2 Asia Championship Qualifiers, according to a Dota 2 RuHub report on Friday.

The SEA roster has seen its share of trouble in 2017, starting the year with the loss of Muhammad Rizky "InYourDream" Anugrah roughly a week after he joined the team.

Fnatic's current SEA roster consists of Kim "Febby" Yong-min, Yee Fung "Mushi" Chai and Chong Xin "Ohaiyo" Khoo.

At the time of posting, there was no comment on whether another team would be brought in to compete in place of Fnatic.

Kristine "Vaalia" Hutter is a news editor for theScore esports. You can find her on Twitter.

Mushi joins Mineski

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Malaysian Dota 2 star Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung has joined Filipino organization Mineski and will captain their new Dota 2 squad, the team announced on Monday.

“I’m greatly honored to become the team captain for Mineski DotA,” Mushi said in the team's press release. “After leaving Fnatic team, I received a call from Kenchi [Yap "Kenchi" Chee Loong]. He is one of the most respectable person in the eSports industry and is not just a friend of mine, but a mentor and brother to me.

"We both share the same vision for eSports and with his sincerity, he managed to convince me to play under the wings of Mineski DotA.”

Mushi is one of the most respected and recognized Dota players to come out of the Southeast Asia region, and he has attended every Valve-sponsored Dota event from The International 2012 to The International 2016. However, 2017 has been the most inconsistent period of his career.

Mushi was unable to qualify for The Boston Major 2017 with Fnatic and left the team on Feb. 6. He later acted as a stand-in for Mineski's Malaysian squad, Mineski-X, but was unable to advance past the open qualifier for the Kiev Major 2017. Despite the difficulties, Mushi has found a home on Mineski.

“Reforming Mineski DotA was one of my top priorities for the year 2017 aside from my cyber cafe business,” Mineski Malaysia CEO Kenchi said in the team's press release. “Having dealt with eSports teams, I know that the biggest challenge is in finding the right player - not just for their skills but also for the right mentality. Mushi was the first player that came into my mind when I saw the news about him leaving Fnatic team.

"With Mushi’s experience and his versatility as a player, his addition to the Mineski DotA team will definitely bring positive impact and exciting benefits.”

The full Mineski squad is expected to be unveiled in the coming weeks.

Dennis "Tarmanydyn" Gonzales is a news editor for theScore esports who enjoys whiskey, D&D and first-picking Abaddon Slardar Clinkz Medusa Oracle a P90 my Souvenir Negev Discipline Priest Pharah. You can follow him on Twitter.

ana on community criticism: 'I either take it as a joke or as constructive criticism, or don’t look at it at all depending on my mood'

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Death, taxes and community criticism are three constants that every Dota 2 will have to face at some point in their career, and Anathan "ana" Pham is no exception.

Whether it was about his laning phase or his perceived struggles in winning head-to-head matchups, OG's mid laner came under fire during the StarLadder i-League StarSeries Season 3 LAN even though the team only lost the final two games that they played.

For his part, however, ana doesn't let the criticism get to him.

"I either take it as a joke or as constructive criticism, or don’t look at it at all depending on my mood," ana told theScore esports.

But regardless of what his critics may say, ana's rise to the top of Dota 2 has been meteoric, especially when you consider that the he only began his professional career last March, when he joined Invictus Gaming as a substitute. Since being acquired by OG in the post-TI6 roster shuffle, ana has been a key contributor to OG's success, which includes winning The Boston Major, the biggest tournament of the winter season. .

Looking back on the biggest win of his professional career, ana recalls being so overcome with emotions that he needed to take a few minutes to process it all.

"I went back to the hotel with the team and I went to my room and talked with Seb (7Mad) and was shocked," ana said. "I needed some time to fully understand what happened that night. It was very surreal."

In the time since that win, though, ana has barely had a moment to himself. Though OG did not win either SL i-League Season 3 or Dota Pit League Season 5, they did finish in the Top 4 for both events. And on a more personal level, ana has breached the much coveted 9k MMR barrier, and is currently ranked second on the EU leaderboard with 9144 Solo MMR at the time of publication.

Now, ana is already looking ahead to the Dota 2 Asia Championships 2017 and the Kiev Major, both of which OG will be bootcamping for. But while he and the rest of his team will have the added pressure of defending their Major title once they land in Kiev, ana sounds ready for the challenge ahead.

"[I'm] feeling more challenged," ana said. "I know that there are teams that want to beat us but I’m feeling confident and excited to play in the next Major."

Preston Dozsa is a news editor for theScore esports. You can follow him on Twitter.

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