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PH tops Vietnam to snag SEA Invitational Dota 2 title

Jul 12, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines' Neon Esports shows why it ended the earlier rounds unbeaten by crushing Vietnam's 496 Gaming in the winner-take-all match

VICTORY. Neon Esports rolls past 496 Gaming in a do-or-die finals match. Screenshot from YouTube/Razer

TobiWan quits esports after sexual harassment accusations

Jul 03, 2020 - 4:45 PM

Prominent Dota 2 caster Toby ‘TobiWan’ Dawson says he’s leaving the esports broadcast scene after allegations of sexual harassment

Struggling TNC seeks return to championship form

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:36 PM

Downtime for the Philippines' top Dota 2 team as they fail to qualify in next Major

TNC. From left to right, Gabbi, Tims, and March – 3 of the 5 players from the Philippines' top Dota 2 team, TNC. Photos from official TNC Twitter page.

TNC lives to fight another day at Leipzig Major

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:04 PM

The Philippine 'Dota 2' team stays alive, beating Reality Rift in a do-or-die match in the lower bracket playoffs

TNC. Photo from TNC/Twitter

A chance for TNC to bounce back at year's first Dota 2 Major

Jan 17, 2020 - 4:11 PM

After a subpar December, TNC has a chance to regain confidence, and build upon last year's successful run

TNC. Timothy "Tims" Randrup (L) and Kim "Gabbi" Villafuerte (R) at a meet-and-greet event in November. File photo from TNC/Twitter

Philippines brings home the gold medal for 'Dota 2'

Dec 09, 2019 - 10:34 PM

The Philippines comes from behind in epic game 5 finish

SIBOL. From left to right, John Anthony 'Natsumi' Vargas, Mc Nicholson 'Mac' Villanueva, Marvin Salvador 'Boomy' Rushton, Bryle Jacob 'CML' Alvizo, and Jun 'Bok' Kanehara. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler

SEA Games Dota 2: Philippines reaches championship round

Dec 08, 2019 - 2:48 PM

The Philippine Sibol-Dota 2 team secures at least a silver medal in the inaugural SEA Games esports event

SIBOL DOTA 2 TEAM. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

‘Dota 2’: What you need to know

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The esports juggernaut will be a medal event at the 2019 SEA Games

DOTA 2. Image from Dota 2 website

‘Dota 2’: Pro tips from the Sibol players

Dec 03, 2019 - 6:22 PM

The members of the Dota 2 national team for the 2019 SEA Games share their tips to help you get a leg up against the competition

SIBOL. From left to right, John Anthony 'Natsumi' Vargas, Mc Nicholson 'Mac' Villanueva, Marvin Salvador 'Boomy' Rushton, Bryle Jacob 'CML' Alvizo, and Jun 'Bok' Kanehara. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler

TNC Predator nabs $125,000 prize in ESL One championship win

Oct 28, 2019 - 1:26 PM

TNC Predator is the first Southeast Asian Dota 2 team to win the tournament

THE TEAM. TNC Predator wins the DOTA 2 championships at ESL One Hamburg 2019. Image from TNC Facebook page.

Philippines’ TNC Predator takes home P35M in ‘Dota 2’ tourney

Aug 22, 2019 - 5:42 PM

It's the biggest they've won from the annual 'Dota 2' The International tournament

TNC PREDATOR. Photo from official TNC Facebook page

Dota 2: Cignal, Suha clash in The Nationals season finale

Jun 01, 2019 - 12:27 PM

The esports tournament leaders fight for the crown and the P300,000 grand prize

CHAMPS. The Nationals commissioner Ren Vitug (left) award conference 2 champion Suha-Execration Punishers’ Kimuel "Kimo" Rodis (captain), Marvin "Yaha" Canlas, James "Jamesy" John, Jobe Nkemakolam (team owner), Erin "Japoy" Ferrer, Arnold "Bhm" Garcia Jr, and coach Jeffrey "Foxx" Fortunato. Photo release

You can take a crack at the world's best 'Dota 2' AI from April 19-22

Apr 18, 2019 - 5:42 PM

OpenAI Five is a system that has recently defeated top Dota 2 team OG

Photo from OpenAI

The Nationals Dota 2 finals set April 14

Apr 14, 2019 - 7:54 AM

Three teams fight for the title in the first Dota 2 conference of the 2019 The Nationals

GRAND PRIZE. After a grueling group stage, 3 teams battle for the crown and the P400,000 prize in the The Nationals Dota 2 finals. Photo release

Philippines' TNC bags $500,000 as it reclaims World Electronic Sports Games crown

Mar 11, 2019 - 12:47 AM

TNC is now a 2-time WESG champ having won the inaugural tournament as well in 2016

TNC. Photo from World Electronic Sports Games 2018

5 games shortlisted for SEA Games 2019's esport events

Dec 22, 2018 - 1:02 PM

SEA Games 2019 marks the first time for esports to be an official medal event. Prior, esports were a demonstration event at the 2018 Asian Games.

ARENA OF VALOR. Garena's mobile multiplayer online battle arena title 'Arena of Valor' boasts over 200 million players worldwide, making it among the biggest games in the world. Photo from Garena

Filipino banned from China eSports tournament over alleged racism

Dec 04, 2018 - 9:44 PM

(UPDATED) Valve's Dota 2 team steps in, banning Carlo 'Kuku' Palad from competing in the upcoming Chongqing Major

Record-breaking $100 million in store for 'Fortnite' players

May 22, 2018 - 3:29 PM

'Fortnite' breaks the record of 'Dota 2,' which awarded a total of $38 million in 2017

FORTNITE. The game hosts an average of 46 million players per month, leading to huge revenues for its makers. Photo from Epic Games

'Dota 2' gets 'battle royale' game mode

May 14, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The popular game takes notice of the phenomenal rise of 'battle royale' games such as 'PUBG' and 'Fortnite'

UNDERHOLLOW. The new game mode comes with this year's battle pass. Photo from Valve

TNC guaranteed at least P3.5M in winnings after losers bracket save

Apr 05, 2018 - 5:45 PM

TNC falls to a lower bracket but defeats Optic Gaming to continue in the $1-million Dota 2 tournament

TNC secures winners bracket slot in Dota 2 Asia Championships

Apr 02, 2018 - 3:02 PM

The PH powerhouse rampages in tiebreaker round, wins 4 straight

'Vainglory' becomes first mobile MOBA to be part of China's top esports event

Mar 16, 2018 - 12:36 PM

The game will join heavyweights such as 'Dota 2' and 'Counter Strike: Go' in China's premier gaming tournament, the World Electronic Sports Games

VGJ.Thunder conquers Galaxy Battles II

Jan 21, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The Chinese powerhouse takes home $200,000 as they sweep USA's Evil Geniuses in grand finals

VICTORS. VGJ.Thunder sweeps Evil Geniuses to become Galaxy Battles II champs on Sunday, January 21. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

PH's TNC eliminated from Galaxy Battles II

Jan 21, 2018 - 11:55 AM

The local favorites go home with $35,000

Host Eri Neeman earns Dota 2 fans’ praise for 'carrying' Galaxy Battles II

Jan 21, 2018 - 4:14 AM

Fans have been quick to point out Neeman’s ability to keep things light during Day 2 of Galaxy Battles II

NEEMAN. Host Eri Neeman talks to Team OG at Galaxy Battles II. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

TNC lives to fight another day, beats Infamous

Jan 19, 2018 - 7:41 PM

TNC wins their do-or-die match against the team from Peru, setting them up for a second round match against the winner of the VGJ.Thunder versus Team Spirit

VICTORY. The crowd rejoices as the TNC wins its match against Infamous. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

WATCH: TNC fighting to survive first day of Galaxy Battles II

Jan 19, 2018 - 6:04 PM

TNC battles Peru's Infamous in do-or-die match. Watch it here!

GALAXY BATTLES 2. Image from Galaxy Battles Facebook page.

Esport community conflicted as it feels effects of new GAB rules

Jan 18, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The Games and Amusement Board now requires mandatory drug testing for THC and methamphetamine for players, official athletic licenses, and sharing of profits from organizers

MANILA MAJOR. In 2016, the Philippines hosted one of Valve's official Dota 2 tournaments, way before the Games and Amusement Board granted esport players athlete status. File photo from PGL eSports Facebook page.

Valve rescinds PH 'Dota 2' tournament's Major designation

Jan 05, 2018 - 9:39 AM

The decision is 'based on what we feel are unreasonable infringements on the privacy of the players, as a condition to enter the country,' says Valve

GALAXY BATTLES 2. Valve revokes this tournament's Major status. Image from Galaxy Battles Facebook page.

TNC eliminated, takes home P18M from Dota tourney

Aug 10, 2017 - 10:00 AM

Europe based OG gets revenge from the PH team that eliminated them in last year s tournament

PH's Execration out of Dota tourney, to take home around P6M

Aug 08, 2017 - 1:40 PM

One other Philippine team TNC remains in the hunt for the half billion peso grand prize in The International 7

FIRST TEAM OUT. Execration falls to Team Secret in the first round of The International 7. Photo from Dota2ti/Instagram

P526.6M at stake for PH Dota teams TNC and Execration in tourney

Aug 07, 2017 - 3:05 PM

TNC and Execration already secure P17 million and P5 9 million respectively ahead of the main event on Tuesday August 8

[MANILA MASTERS] Recap: Evil Geniuses' finals victory over Newbee

May 29, 2017 - 12:05 PM

The North American powerhouse nabs the trophy in the first ever Manila Masters tournament and takes home US 125 000

[MANILA MASTERS] Watch: Team Newbee vs. EG in grand finals

May 28, 2017 - 8:30 PM

The winner gets US 125 000 while the runner up takes home US 50 000

Screenshot from Twitch livestream

[MANILA MASTERS] Recap: Evil Geniuses' last hurdle to reach finals

May 28, 2017 - 8:28 PM

EG loses the first game before pulling off two straight wins that netted them the championship ticket

[MANILA MASTERS] Recap: Team NP's thrashing of Faceless

May 28, 2017 - 11:14 AM

Southeast Asia’s last hope is out of the Manila Masters falling to Team NP 2 1

[MANILA MASTERS] Recap: Faceless keeps SEA dream alive, eliminates OG 2-1

May 27, 2017 - 10:39 PM

Faceless solidifies their SEA dominance defeating OG 2 1 in the lower bracket quarterfinals of the Manila Masters

[MANILA MASTERS] Recap: Invictus eliminated as EternalEnvy dominates

May 27, 2017 - 10:17 PM

Invictus Gaming becomes the first Chinese team to be eliminated from the Manila Masters after a 2 0 thrashing by Team NP

[MANILA MASTERS] Recap: Newbee hammers EG, secures finals slot

May 27, 2017 - 8:17 AM

China’s best looks to secure a championship win in Manila as they are the first team going to the Grand Finals of the Manila Masters

[MANILA MASTERS] Recap: Faceless sweeps PH team Clutch Gamers

May 26, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Iceiceice and company prove they re still on top of the Southeast Asian heap eliminating the sole Filipino squad in the tourney 2 0

[MANILA MASTERS] Recap: NP eliminates Secret

May 26, 2017 - 4:13 PM

NP s EternalEnvy settles score with Secret s Puppey in inspired performance in do or die match

Team EG faces Newbee in Manila Masters upper bracket finals

May 26, 2017 - 3:05 PM

East meets west in the most anticipated battle on the first day of the Manila Masters Day Will China s Newbee prevail or will the first finalist BleedBlue?

A recap of TNC Pro Team's exit from Kiev Major

Apr 29, 2017 - 12:04 PM

The loss is a bit of a shock as many Dota fans expected TNC to be a strong contender in the tournament having beaten some heavyweights in the past

EARLY EXIT. After a fiery run in the earlier stages – one that saw one member set a kill count record – the Philippines' top Dota 2 team flames out in the first round of the main event

Here's how we think the Kiev Major Main Event will play out

Apr 27, 2017 - 5:46 PM

OG might have the best chance of taking home the 1 million grand prize

PH team TNC defeats North American powerhouse Digital Chaos

Apr 26, 2017 - 7:12 PM

TNC secures 4th seed with a victory over a team that includes former TnC captain Jimmy Ho and Filipino import Abed Yusop

PH team TNC loses bid for top seed in Kiev Major main event

Apr 25, 2017 - 5:24 PM

Russia s Virtus Pro sweeps TnC putting the brakes on the PH team s once hot run

Filipino 'Dota 2' player DJ Mampusti rejoins UK-based Fnatic

Apr 05, 2017 - 5:10 PM

Prior to his return Mampusti helped Fnatic win 1 4 million at last year s The International 6

Mineski's Dota 2 team to reform under Malaysian leadership

Mar 22, 2017 - 5:58 PM

Yap Chee Loong CEO of Mineski s Malaysian branch will be managing the Philippine based esport organization moving forward

REVAMP. Photo courtesy of Mineski

Manila Masters Philippine Qualifiers announced

Mar 09, 2017 - 9:21 PM

Who will represent the Philippines in the first locally produced international Dota 2 event of 2017?

PH wins big at 2016 World Electronic Sports Games

Jan 16, 2017 - 9:17 AM

TNC Pro Team wins the WESG 2016 DOTA 2 tournament while Euneil Staz Javiñas bags the Hearthstone grand prize

TROPHY. This Trophy awaits the winners of the 2016 World Electronic Sports Games. Photo from WESG website.