The Road to The Nationals has concluded its first month of Dota 2 qualifiers, which included qualifiers in Manila, Cebu City and Cagayan de Oro. With the conclusion of the three qualifier legs, half of the competitors for the Road to The Nationals finals at the Esports and Gaming Summit 2018 have been decided, with two finalists from the Manila leg as well as one finalist each from the Cebu City and Cagayan de Oro qualifiers.
The first qualifier, which was held at TNC Morayta in Manila, saw 16 teams compete for the two spots in the Road to The Nationals finals. All the rounds of the qualifiers followed a best-of-one format until the semi-finals which switched to a best-of-three. Since two finalists would be chosen from the Manila qualifier leg, the winners of the semi-finals would instantly qualify for the finals at ESGS 2018.
The first team to qualify was Quid Pro Quo, who defeated Young Minds to grab the first of the two finals spots in the Manila qualifying leg. Soon to follow was Sterling Global Dragons, who took down IAP for the last finalist spot in the Manila qualifying leg. Both semi-finals matches went all the way to three games, showing just how competitive the Manila-based teams are as all four semi-finalists pulled out all the spots to grab one of the two finalists spots.
The Cebu City leg, which was held at Mineski Portal Banilad, also saw 16 teams compete. But with only one finalist spot on the line, the semi-finalists Voyager and Polar Ace had to fight one more best-of-three against each other to determine which team would move on to the finals at ESGS 2018. At the end of the day, Polar Ace was able to pull out a dominating victory in three games to seal their place in the Road to the Nationals finals.
The last leg of the month, the Cagayan de Oro qualifier leg held at the iPlay CyberSquare Cafe Corrales, was the biggest yet with a total of 32 teams competing for just one spot to advance to the finals at ESGS 2018. And after a long day of matches, Goliath Gaming and Davao’s Pride ended up being the final two teams to compete for the single spot to advance to the Road to the National finals. Davao’s Pride kept true to their name though as they were able to bring down Goliath Gaming in a dominating 2-0 sweep.
There are still three more Dota 2 qualifiers to be held in September and October in Bacolod, Iloilo City, and Cavite, to determine the last four spots in the Road to The Nationals finals. While Bacolod and Iloilo City will each get one spot for the finals, Cavite will get two spots. Additionally, the qualifier legs for the other titles of the Road to The Nationals will begin this month.