The Philippine Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) scene is no stranger to "under-the-radar" roster swaps and changes.
Mineski, considered to be the country's number one CS:GO team, is about to gain several players in a blockbuster acquisition deal, according to multiple sources.
Cloud 9 has just pulled off one of the game's most historic runs after beating international mix FaZe, 2-1, during the 2018 ELEAGUE Major in Boston, Massachusetts on January 29, Monday (Philippine time).
A couple of high-octane matchups have occurred on the other side of the globe a few hours ago.
Here are quick recaps for the path towards the ELEAGUE 2018 Boston Major Championship!
SK versus Fnatic: The Long Grind
This is the last quarterfinal of the tournament and the Swedes showed that they were out to play the game, despite the fact that SK Gaming are considered to be one of the current best teams in the world right now.
Professional players have a lot of insights, especially those who are competing at the highest echelons of Dota 2.
OG, a European Dota 2 side, has shared their thoughts with the media in a press conference during the Galaxy Battles Dota 2 tournament, held at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan last Saturday.
Roman “Resolut1on” Fominok: It could have been better
VG.J Thunder defeated American powerhouse Evil Geniuses, 3-0, in the grand finals of Galaxy Battles on Sunday in the Philippine Arena, Bocaue, Bulacan. They claim the title in front of an estimated crowd of 33,000, showing the strength of the Filipino audience.
Well, we talked to our friends over at a fellow news page about Mineski CS:GO’s run!
Even though we are from opposite sides of the industry, we thought it would be great to compare notes on the recent WESG APAC games with a fellow esports news journal in Mineski.net. All of us are fans of the Filipino teams anyway and no matter what our affiliations, we want our country’s delegates to win.
In what could be considered as one of the weirdest CS:GO tournaments in Asian CS so far, Metronoia and TNC Pro Team go to the top 16 of the Extremesland Asia Elite CSGO Cup SEA category after five teams lost by default due to immense technical problems.
Here is a quick recap for the first day of the ELEAGUE Major, considered to be Valve's premier tournament for CS:GO.
- In a very close matchup on Mirage, VEGA Squadron edges out Australian side Renegades, 16-14.
- The individual talents of German side mouseports were good enough to beat AVANGAR, 16-12, on Mirage. Chris "ChrisJ" de Jong recorded 30 kills on the map.
- FaZe, although considered to be one of the top teams in the world, were in for a scare as they barely win 16-14 on Overpass against a Liquid that used their coach as a stand-in.
- Mixed team Misfits had a surprisingly strong performance on Overpass as they beat CIS stalwarts F3, 16-4.
- Sprout, consisting many members of former PENTA, won convincingly against much-hyped Turkish side Space Soldiers on Cobblestone, 16-11.
- Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostliyev showed why he is considered to be the most talented CS:GO player in the world as he nearly single-handedly powers his way through fellow CIS side QB.Fire on the second half of Inferno, thus ensuring a dominant performance by Natus Vincere, 16-8. To note, Kostliyev had a 1.75 rating.
- Flash Gaming showed that they have prepared for the Major by putting in a strong Terrorist side on Inferno against G2, 6-9. However, G2 made less mistakes overall, so they surive the Asian scare by winning the map 16-11.
- Cloud9's individual skills showed through as they gave French side EnVyUs a master class on Cache, 16-11, with four of their players getting above-positive ratings in the matchup.
- F3 versus Liquid
- Flash versus QB.Fire
- nV versus Renegades
- SS versus Avengar
- FaZe versus Vega
- Sprout versus C9
- mouz versus Na'Vi
- Misfits versus G2
Apart from Mineski, several Filipino teams have fought in the B5 CS:GO Elite Cup for the Southeast Asian category and out of the 85 teams from the region who joined, only 21 have remained.
Here are the teams that participated and remained, as well as the information for the matches:
Mineski-CS:GO represented the Philippines at the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) in Jiaozhou, Shandong Province, China on January 12, Friday. They went up against various Asian teams, getting 0-4 at the end of their group stage.