RISE FROM THE REST
Ever since its conception in 2010, the Mineski Pro-Gaming League has been the back bone of esports in the Philippines. Starting out as a 10-month long league, with WC3 DotA as its major title, and StarCraft and Call of Duty 4 as its minor games, the MPGL has since expanded into a variety of other titles, where it has steadily played a critical role in expanding the scene and taking to new heights the level of competition for each game.
With TNC Pro Team’s three-game sweep of Execration in the Dota 2 finals just this January, the seventh season of the MPGL, which featured Dota 2, League of Legends, and Dragon Nest as its main titles, finally drew to its much awaited conclusion.
This 2016, the Mineski-Events Team is proud to announce that the MPGL will have an eighth season. Supported by Sports5, GG Network, ViewSonic, and, of course, GIGABYTE, the MPGL8 is gearing up to be the biggest, most competitive iteration of the Philippines’ most prestigious Esports league thus far.
With its baseline prize pool of 1.6 Million Php for the season, the MPGL8 seeks to radically transform the Philippine esports landscape, as it brings with it two major changes that will no doubt facilitate the local esports industry’s transition into the mainstream.
LEAGUE, COMMUNITY, IMPROVING TOGETHER
One of the bigger changes the boys from the MET are exciting to unveil is the MPGL’s new permanent team format, where the teams that will be competing in the MPGL’s major titles throughout the season are more or less set in stone, a move made to steer the MPGL away from the usual team/roster volatility between legs that has plagued the local scene for the longest time now.
In order to do this, the MPGL has decided to team up with other esports bodies in the country that have shown their dedication to improving the national scene. Instead of relying on qualifiers to fill the lineup of competitors, the MPGL has instead scoured the land for teams backed by organizations that meet the MET’s criteria in proving their commitment to the esports cause, based on existing standards of professionalism: sponsorship, player wages, presence of a bootcamp, or any combination of the aforementioned givens.
Of course, this does not mean that the MET has turned its back on grooming local players on a grassroots level. There will still be smaller tournaments outside the MPGL that cater to the needs of amateurs and semi-professionals currently outside of the big leagues. Except now, the scene’s transitioning to something more clear cut, where the immediate goal for each aspiring pro is more evident: play well enough to be picked up by the stable organizations. Think of the MPGL as the NBA, and everything else as their D-League of sorts.
INTRODUCING THE MINESKITV STUDIO
On top of this renewed League-system, the MPGL8 will also be premiering the brand new MineskiTV studio.
Now nearing its completion, the MineskiTV studio is primed to be the first full-time esports studio of its scale in the Philippines. And for its maiden voyage, the MineskiTV studio is set to host all matches of the MPGL8′s main titles within its walls. This means that not only will the competing teams play all their league games within the studio, ensuring fairness and quality, as well as a renewed atmosphere of competition, but that there will also be a full-time broadcast and production crew based in the studio to ensure a quality experience for the fans watching.
FIRST GAME REVEAL — DOTA 2
For its eighth season, the Mineski Pro-Gaming League will have three major titles, and two minor ones, all set to be revealed throughout the week. For tonight, we’re glad to announce that the first major title is none other than Dota 2.
If MPGL has been the backbone of Philippine esports since its conception in 2010, DotA has been its very soul. Featuring WC3 DotA at the main title of its first five seasons, it wasn’t until season six (2014) that Dota 2 became the MPGL’s main draw, after an entire year of splitting attention with its predecessor in season five.
Now, seven teams representing some of the most invested esports bodies in the country, both new and old, have been invited to battle it out for the crown. The rosters for each team will be revealed in the upcoming days, starting Thursday, 6PM, so make sure to keep an eye out for that.
Meanwhile, five more teams will be battling it out for the eighth and final spot into the MPGL proper, where they are guaranteed a spot for all legs of the season, including the Championship Leg where the overall winners shall be crowned.
The eight finalists will be split into two groups of four for the Leg 1 group stage. Each group features single round robin bo2 action between all teams in that cluster. The top placers in each group proceed to the playoffs with a 1-0 advantage over their foes.
The playoffs will be single eliminations, best-of-three all the way to the semifinals. The finals are best-of-five.
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