Day 1 (Saturday):
Had loaf bread and jam for breakfast, rice and mashed potatoes for lunch, and a MCDo chicken fillet meal for dinner
Day 2 (Sunday):
Had loaf bread and chicken tinola for breakfast, rice and mashed potatoes for lunch, and a MCDo chicken fillet meal for dinner
Recap articles made: four
Interviews made: two
Articles that can be made out of those interviews: three to four
Autographs for myself: seven
Autographs for my friends: more or less the same number
Hours spent covering the event on day 1: 12 hours
Hours spent covering the event on day 2: 9 hours
Selfies taken: Half a dozen
OVERVIEW: One big event. 9 out of 10 for just about everything – I don’t give anything beyond 9.5 anyway.
If you want to have a look at my thoughts on ESL Manila, carry on!
It was mostly sunny weather when ESL One Manila began in full earnest. Being the first international Dota 2 event here in the country, expectations for #ESLOneManila were high as it represented many milestones in the history of Philippine electronic sports (eSports).
ESL Manila is the first $250,000 (i.e. big-purse) Dota 2 tourney to be held in the country. It is also as well the first gaming event to be shown both on national TV and on primetime programming. Most importantly, it is one of the first big-ticket gaming events in recent years to be officially supported by the Philippines’ very own Department of Tourism.
My expectations going into the event have mostly been positive as it is under the auspices of ESL and Mineski, who are among the leaders of the eSports industry internationally and locally, respectively.
When I stepped into the cool and cozy grounds of the Mall of Asia (MoA) Arena, I can clearly feel the hype, excitement and energy as the local crowd chanted and cheered for their favorite teams.
Most of the people cheered for Mineski, Secret (a European team) and Liquid (who keeps teams in other games as well); whenever the crowd sees one of these teams on stage (or even one or two players), they just get fired up!
But it does not mean that they don’t appreciate good plays as the crowd cheered and clapped for every nicely-executed gameplay that happens in-game.
In the end, the Chinese in the form of Wings Gaming grabbed the trophy, 3-0. away from Team Liquid (who placed second during the Shanghai Dota 2 Major.)
As for the two days I’ve been at the event, the players, managers, casters, analysts and (take note: writers) who were on-site were really accommodating, friendly and amazing. For me, it was not just the biggest event in my 18 months of covering eSports; it was also one of the most enjoyable events that I’ve attended in my entire life!
Most importantly, the Filipino crowd…no, OUR CROWD showed their enthusiasm and energy at such an event. The passion was just…mind-blowing, to say the least.
Sure enough, I was not able to buy anything from the ESL Shop (they were way too expensive and even though I wanted to buy, I don’t have the money at hand to do so.)
But still, it was great and the epicness of the event was way beyond my expectations. Congratulations to all the people behind this event!
It was a nice experience covering this event for eSports@INQUIRER.Net.
Hoping to more events to come!