In an interview that I have done for eSports by INQUIRER.Net back in 2014, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the best eSports athletes that the Philippines has produced.
Elgee Gaboy used to play CrossFire for MSI-EvoGT until his retirement in the latter part of 2014. He is the undisputed top Filipino player across all eSports disciplines as he and his team lead the country to the podium for two consecutive years at the World Cyber Games (WCG), getting 3rd and 2nd place, respectively.
Not even the “golden age of Filipino Dota” back in 2013 can stop Elgee from taking the mantle of the best Filipino player. However, many contenders have emerged for the title since then, each of whom deserve to take the title for various reasons.
Here is my take on the matter:
2014: Christian “REVENGE” Amores
Many people expect me to list someone from the Dota 2 community, considering that Execration has done a good job at qualifying for StarLadder during the last quarter of 2016. However, the fact remains that no other Filipino, whether in a team or individual game, has achieved as much as Pacific.Macta did during that year.
A lot of people thought that Macta would not be able to survive beyond the group stages of that year’s CrossFire Stars, which is the premier competition in CrossFire that featured many of the best teams in the world. This is because they never had international experience; all of their players were considered rookies in top-tier CrossFire.
That is, until they shocked the Filipino eSports community by finishing third place and beating Europe’s PENTA Esports with a clean sweep of 2-0.
REVENGE played a huge part in getting his team to the podium, thanks to his phenomenal skills both as a sniper and as a pistol player for the team.
Thus, the title of the best Filipino player for 2014 goes to REVENGE, hands down.
2015: Caviar Napoleon “EnDerr” Marquises-Acampado
Mineski has went to the Frankfurt Major and yes, got a placing that no one expected them to take. Sure, Pacific.Macta did the ultimate comeback from a wildcard slot to take third place for that year’s CrossFire Stars, allowing them to gain another podium sport for Philippine eSports. And yes, Pompi reached the semi-finals of the IeSF Hearthstone Tournament, which is in itself a historical moment for Philippine eSports.
However, the title of “player of the year” goes to EnDerr, who has tirelessly represented the Philippines in Starcraft 2, a title which offers no room for mistakes and punishes the tiniest miscalculations that a player can make.
Finishing third in the 7th eSports World Championships is no easy feat.
Keeping good form and decent results while going up against some of the best StarCraft 2 players in the world is an even harder feat.
And EnDerr has done both of them.
For the reason stated above, EnDerr is my pick for the best Filipino player in 2015.
Ryan “Bimbo” Jay Qui: Captain, prodigy and pub-wrecking player, who does not know this guy from Dota 2? What he only lacks is a podium placing at a major international Dota 2 tournament.
Our Hearthstone players: There are simply lots of them. Any of them win a top 8 placing in a big international tournament and they’ll take my spot this year unless a Dota 2/LoL/CS:GO team from the Philippines does the same.
Well, let’s see who will be the person that will lead us to the Promised Land of an eSports gold medal this year. Or at least, somewhere close to it…