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Highlights from the $400,000 ESL One Genting Dota 2 Minor

6,000 fans spent a weekend at a resort 5,700 feet above sea level to watch pro teams of five battle it out for the top prize of $160,000.

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The grand stage featured plenty of displays, making sure no one in the venue would miss out on the action. 

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The 6,000 seater Arena of Stars at Genting Highlands resort in Malaysia played host to the $400,000 ESL One Genting 2018 Dota 2 Minor. 16 teams battled it out for the chance to play on the main stage, with the winner taking home a $160,000 top prize.

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Eventual champions Newbee from China walk past the audience on the way to the stage. 

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The victors defeated current The International 2017 Champions Team Liquid in a hard fought best of five 3-2. The victory also marks the first time Newbee has beaten Liquid in a series in four years.

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Team Liquid was a crowd favorite, and you can see the enthusiasm from the fans as they made their way to the main stage. 

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Team Liquid, the current The International 2017 champions, battle it out on the main stage against China's Newbee, a rematch of the TI 2017 grand finals. 

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Russian team Virtus.pro was one of the favorites to take the tournament but fell short in the quarter-finals against Team Evil Genius.

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Team Evil Genius, dressed in their signature blue and gave out high fives on the way to the main stage. 

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American favorites Team Evil Genius play out their semi-finals against Team Liquid. 

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Clement "Puppey" Ivanov and Team Secret passed out high fives as they walk past the crowd to the main stage. 

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Team Secret, led by veteran player Clement "Puppey" Ivanov, had to play with a local stand-in after a team member fell sick. 

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Like regular sporting events, most e-sports tournaments feature a host, casters and analysts to provide commentary and explanations to the watching crowd. 

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Jake "SirActionSlacks" Kanner poses for pictures with fans. The professional goofball helped host the event.

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Audience members get to play games as they wait for the teams to get ready.

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Fans queued up to get autographs.

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Seen here is Team Fnatic, based in Southeast Asia, but the team is mostly made up of North American players. 

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Local Malaysian hero Chai "Mushi" Yee Fung, playing for Mineski, signs an autograph for a fan.

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