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#SoloGrind: PH esports is full of potential, but lacks government support

While organizations such as Mineski and TNC have laid the groundwork for the Philippine esports community, the lack of government support has affected the ability of local gamers to maximize their full potential.

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What could have been one of the most significant achievements in Philippine esports history turned into a heartbreaker that the esports community may endure for a long time.

Riot Games announced that Bren Esports, the top-seeded team in Southeast Asia’s VALORANT Champions Tour, could not secure their visas for the Stage 3 Masters event to be held in Berlin from September 10 to September 19.

“Unfortunately, with tightening travel restrictions around the world due to changing COVID-19 developments, we were unable to secure the necessary travel visas for Bren Esports, the number one seeded team from Southeast Asia,” Head of Competitive Operations for VALORANT Esports Alex Francois said in the statement.

The esports scene in the Philippines has boomed, and it continues to do so as Filipino gamers have earned their way to go international.

In 2017, the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) announced that pro gamers are considered athletes and will also get necessary government support.

Bren Esports was an inch away from possibly giving the biggest achievement for the PH first-person shooter (FPS) esports scene. Yet, the GAB officials seemed to have failed in giving the promised support for the top-seeded team that could have allowed them to procure the necessary visa and travel requirements for the competition.

Teletigers Valorant team manager John Louis Lagazo admitted that he was furious at this unfortunate event.

“Para sa PH FPS scene ‘yan ‘yong pinakamalaking achievement nila, pero hindi nila ginawan ng paraan para tanggapin ‘yong visa and [asikasuhin] ‘yong schedule na nandoon na sila dapat kahapon sa Berlin. Hindi nila ginawan ng paraan,” Lagazo said in an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb.

Even with the drive of Bren to represent and establish a reputation for the Philippines in the field of esports, there are things out of their control.

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‘Yung unfortunate events lang na nangyari sa Bren ay it is just [out] of their control. And, if halimbawa, tumagal and ganito pa rin ‘yong mangyayari, I think PH esports will not bloom at all,” Lagazo added.

The rollercoaster of events came as no surprise to him due to the past experiences of other esports teams such as Execration and TNC’s DOTA 2 teams when they also had a hard time procuring their visas for the Internationals 6 tournament.

If unforeseen circumstances like this Bren mishap continue to happen, then the Philippines will be left in the dust with the rest of the world’s competition for future international e-sports events.

“It will have no impact, it will just remain the same. ‘Pag patuloy na nangyayari ‘yon na hindi tayo makapagdala ng players outside, nothing will happen,” the Teletigers’ Valorant team manager said.

While organizations such as Mineski and TNC have laid the groundwork for the Philippine esports community, the lack of government support has affected the ability of local gamers to maximize their full potential.

“Like what I said, If hindi sila makakapagdala ng players playing international tournaments then nothing will happen,” he added.

Bren’s Valorant team is composed of Jessie “JessieVash” Cuyco, Jayvee “Dubstep” Paguirigan, Jim “Borkum” Timbreza, Kevin “Dispenser” Te, and Riley “Witz” Go.

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Teletigers place second in Red Bull Campus Clutch, South Korea team advances to finals

The talents and skills of the Valorant players Jude Isaac Rabang “Exia,” Zach A. De Leon Arquiza “Arquiza,” Clarence Erl Palmos “Enecsane,” Julian C.Y De Guzman “Goope” and Carl E.C Cunanan “ShoxDart” were put on a show during their battle on Sunday, June 5.

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Teletigers Jude Rabang, Clarence Erl Palmos, Julian Carlo De Guzman, Carl Ernest Cunanan and Zach Anthony Arquiza. Photo by Arquiza.

The Teletigers won second place during the neck-on-neck match in the Red Bull Campus Clutch World Final Knockout Round, where South Korea team, Vac Kimchi, prevailed 2-1. 

The talents and skills of the Valorant players Jude Isaac Rabang “Exia,” Zach De Leon Arquiza “Arquiza,” Clarence Erl Palmos “Enecsane,” Julian C.Y De Guzman “Goope” and Carl E.C Cunanan “ShoxDart” were put on a show during their battle on Sunday, June 5.

In the first half of the first Valorant game, the team played as attackers in the map Haven. The Thomasian players managed to maintain their lead during this round with a score of 7-4.

They also gave no room for the Vac Kimchi to get their comeback during the second half. The Teletigers win the first game, 13-9.

In the second game, the Ascent map gave the UST Teletigers enough confidence to make a 3-0 round, but a sudden change of momentum happened when the aggressive South Korea Team went for a straight six row win in the first half, 3-6.

The Teletigers tried to cut off the lead in the second half, but Vac Kimchi secured its 5 point lead, ending the round with 9-13.

With both teams having 1-1 in their boards, an intense round awaits the Teletigers and Vac Kimchi as they play in the map, Split.

Tied up with 8-8 in the second half, the Teletigers tried to draw South Korea’s team into their “bait.” They shadowed the South Korean players and forced them to a bloodbath.

However, South Korea’s team sustained its aggressiveness and managed to make new rotations, ending the round, 10-13.

Although the Teletigers were eliminated in the Red Bull Campus Clutch match, the team made sure to put enough pressure on their contenders. 

“We have the whole summer break to train, practice, and polish our mistakes to become the best collegiate Valorant team in the Philippines,” team manager John Louise Lagazo said in an interview with TomasinoWeb.

Lagazo added that the mental game has always been a vital part of playing the game, and his team should also work on their confidence and decision-making. 

Game analyst Tom Bizz observed strong, strategic plays from the Teletigers throughout the tournament.

The team emerged victorious in their game against Woke Up Chief on May 22, 2-1, at the Red Bull Campus Clutch Philippine National Finals.

They also won against players from the Shu-te University of Taiwan during the semi-finals.

READ  Teletigers place second in Red Bull Campus Clutch, South Korea team advances to finals

South Korea’s Vac Kimchi players, Sanghoo Woo “M4hogany,” Jaehyuk Im “ Mamacita,”  Hyeongjoo Nam “Sound” and Youn Eun Hyuk “Adam” will be moving into the next round of the Valorant tournament.






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UST Teletigers retain LoL Varsity League Championship title

UST Teletigers E-Sports Club remained kings of the collegiate league after a 3-2 win against the De La Salle University (DLSU) Viridis Arcus in the League of Legends Varsity League Spring Term at the Garena Philippines Inc. World Plaza in Taguig, Sunday.

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UST Teletigers E-Sports Club remained kings of the collegiate league after a 3-2 win against the De La Salle University (DLSU) Viridis Arcus in the League of Legends Varsity League Spring Term at the Garena Philippines Inc. World Plaza in Taguig, Sunday.

Teletigers head coach and Institute of Information and Computing Sciences (IICS) student Benson Arcano explained that the pressure of defending their title motivated them to score a win for UST.

“We wanted to win so that we can retain the championship for UST. Even though we are not recognized by UST as an official representative of the [U]niversity, it still gives us pride to say that we retained the championship carrying the name of UST [on] our backs,” Arcano told TomasinoWeb in an online interview.

UST finished top seed in the elimination round and had an outright semi-finals birth in which they quickly dispatched sixth-seed AMA-QC Clash Masters.

“We didn’t crumble under pressure. We played the game like best of one and corrected our mistakes. Our ability to adjust and adapt made us secure the championship again,” Arcano said.

DLSU, on the other hand, finished at fourth and muscled their way to the finals after beating fifth-seed ADU Penguin Authority in the quarterfinals and second-seed BULSU Golsu X in the semifinals.

“For games 1 and 2, it was not the DLSU team that we were expecting. They were not on par for a championship team. But I know that they adjusted well and got games 3 and 4 to force a game 5,” the Teletigers coach explained.

Game 5 was quickly sealed in favor of the Teletigers after dominating clashes and strategically defending key points in the map.

UST’s Espiegle champion, Kai’Sa, proved to be the difference, scoring a pentakill during the final clash and securing the win for UST.

The E-Sports Club is composed of Faculty of Arts and Letters student Theo Ignacio as team captain and support player, and IICS students Van Andre Rinchon, Brussel Isidro, Wilmer Ting, and Isaiah Loberiza as top lane, jungler and mid-lane players, respectively.

Mike Laurence Padilla from College of Tourism and Hospitality Management plays AD-Carry in the bottom lane, while Jan Edward Hortizuela mans as bottom lane support player.

“We are not asking for UST’s full support, but a little recognition can really help us in boosting our morale for the upcoming tournaments where we represent our university,” Arcano expressed.

 

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UST Teletigers win inaugural League of Legends Varsity League

The Teletigers’ victory marks the University’s second collegiate League of Legends title, making UST the only university to win two national titles to date.

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The Teletigers E-sports Club bagged the championship against the Technological University of the Philippines’ Monstrum Vel Prodigum in a 3-2 win in the first-ever Garena League of Legends Varsity League at Glorietta Four Cinema Six in Makati, Sunday.

Information Technology junior and Teletigers Head Coach Benson Arcano praised his team’s efforts, which he said eventually paid off with their victory in the tournament.

“I think I got lucky sa players ko. It was fulfilling sa part ko as their coach kasi tumatanggap sila ng criticisms and they turn it as a motivation to do better. Gusto talaga nila manalo sa first ever season,“ Arcano told TomasinoWeb.

The squad is composed of Literature junior Theo Ignacio as captain and support player, Information Technology senior Brussel Isidro as top-lane player, Tourism junior Laurence Padilla as AD carry player, Computer Science sophomore Isaiah Loberiza as mid-lane player, and senior high students Daeniel Fornea, Jan Edward Hortizuela and Rallion Gatchallian as jungle, support and AD carry players, respectively.

Both the Teletigers and the Monstrum Vel Progidum finished the eliminations with a 10-2 win-loss column as they battled with teams from AMA University – Quezon City, University of the Philippines – Diliman, Malayan Colleges Laguna, Far Eastern University – Institute of Technology and iAcademy since November last year.

The seven-strong squad won the tiebreaker for the first seed to gain an outright finals birth in a best-of-five series.  Heading into the fifth game, the cards were identical at 2-2, when the Teletigers’ Cera went busy.

Cera’s champion, Corki, proved to be the game-changer as it went on to finish the game without any deaths.

READ  UST Teletigers retain LoL Varsity League Championship title

The Teletigers took home a cash prize of 30,000 pesos. This was the first time the team competed in a nationwide tournament.

Furthermore, the team’s victory marks the University’s second collegiate League of Legends title, following the championship title of the Tiger E-sports team in the 2015 Garena League of Legends Collegiate League, making UST the only university to win two national titles to date.

UST has set a good record in other intercollegiate e-sports tournaments. June last year, the University’s Team Kangkong also emerged victorious in Impetus, the country’s first intercollegiate Dota 2 tournament (READ: Team Kangkong tops intercollegiate Dota 2 tournament).

League of Legends is a fantasy multiplayer online battle arena video game developed by Riot Games released in 2009. It is one of the most popular and widely-played video games in the country.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The “Computer Science” modifier in Benson Arcano’s name was meant as a shorthand for the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences. It has been replaced with his program “Information Technology” for specificity and clarification.

 

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