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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.

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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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Thomasian esports CEO partners with Blacklist after PH CODM Champs victory

“Through this kind of platform, you can most likely meet your future business partners and friends so never limit yourself and always aim to go for greater things,” Gloria said.

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Thomasian CEO of Team Ultimate EPro Matt Gloria. Photo courtesy of Matt Gloria’s Facebook page

Renowned gaming organization Blacklist International is set to enter the world of Call of Duty: Mobile (CODM) after partnering with the new kings of Philippine CODM, Team Ultimate EPro.

18-year-old Thomasian psychology student and CEO of Team Ultimate EPro Matt Gloria made the partnership possible. As one of the youngest CEOs in the country’s gaming industry, he aims to break barriers in the PH esports arena.

Team Ultimate EPro will compete as Blacklist International Ultimate in the upcoming CODM World Championship 2021 — Garena Finals.

As a young adult, Gloria admitted that being a CEO and a student at the same time is not easy.

“I was able to learn how to balance everything right now and I guess it all became worth it despite the hardships I faced,” Gloria said in an exclusive interview with TomasinoWeb.

Gloria managed to maneuver his life as a CEO and as a student by making countless sacrifices to juggle his responsibilities.

“During my first year at UST, I had a hard time balancing my academic life and my life as an esports team owner due to the conflict in schedules. I admit that I missed some of my classes due to nightly meetings,” he added

Achieving three major events in just a couple of months, Gloria admitted that it was not an easy task for him to handle. But his vision of uplifting the PH esports community made it all possible.

“I believe that it takes a brave soul to take risky decisions and it showed. Team Ultimate won a collegiate event hosted by Fight Esports a few months ago for UST,” the young CEO said.

After sponsoring small teams that won local tournaments, Gloria trusted the process to mark his squad’s footprint in the local esports industry.

Placing first runner-up in the Philippine Pro Gaming League last December 2020, Gloria aggressively did everything in his power to bring in championship-caliber players that could help Team Ultimate EPro.

“I was being looked down on during the past few months and they would question the way I manage due to my aggressive offers on players and my aggressive buyouts from other organizations,” he said.

Gloria also acknowledged that his achievements would not be possible without the help of his management; they took things one step at a time, even without the guarantee of success in the path they are taking.

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“I’ll be honest, I thought doors closed on me already but it’s never about just that one door. It’s either you quit, find another door, or do everything to get in,” the esports team owner added.

Ultimate EPro climbed its way from the lower bracket to represent the Philippines in the CODM World Championship 2021 — Garena Finals.

Not only did they receive P330,000 as prize money, but they also left their mark on the local CODM scene, as they defeated the former Kings of Philippine CODM, Smart Omega Esports, or more popularly known as NRX Jeremiah 29:11

“The twice-to-beat advantage of Smart Omega was one of the things that intimidated us but the boys pushed through with everything they got,” Gloria said.

According to Gloria, it was this triumph in the National Championships that caught Blacklist International’s attention.

“Blacklist International saw the potential of my players and decided to give them a shot to represent their org as Blacklist International Ultimate,” he added.

With the achievement, a six month co-sponsorship from Blacklist resulted. Gloria also hopes that his team’s continuous success would leave a lasting impact on the Thomasian esports community.

“I encourage all the Thomasians out there to go outside of their comfort zone,” he added

Gloria also reminded the Thomasian community to explore new games and opportunities, meet new people, and most importantly, have fun.

“Through this kind of platform, you can most likely meet your future business partners and friends so never limit yourself and always aim to go for greater things,” he said.

Ultimate EPro is composed of team captain John Benedict “Jaben” Julio, Railey “Yobabs” Abrenica, Gian “Yato” Socao, Martin “Tin” Yap, Neil “Flex” Perez, and Aj “Eiji” Agbing.

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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.

‘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.

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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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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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