Fire Base: Looking Down on History

First of all, I do hope that you are all fine. It’s been almost a month since I published my last article on WASD and I think I owe the people who read the website a proper explanation of my sudden disappearance. Not that many people care about it; hey, after all, WASD is just small fry in the river of general esports content creation here in the Philippines.

The past few weeks have become a time for reflection and retrospect. This was the time when I started to think that doing esports articles and content for a community that sometimes crucifies you for human errors, despite the fact that the general spirit and essence of what I write is actually correct – beyond measure.

This does not mean that I don’t accept accountability for my mistakes. Otherwise, WASD would not be different from those content sites that put out fake news or worse, uninformed views on the country’s esports scene.

In addition, I have been doing a lot of work for foreign gaming companies, putting out content for them (in fact, I am currently under another portfolio program), as well as focusing on my real-life writing – literary pursuit is probably the right term for this one. Any of the readers here can search for “Earl Carlo Guevarra” and you’ll find some of them – and as usual, I hope that you enjoy reading them!

Thus, I am back and I am ready to tackle once again international, Asian and Philippine CS, in that order.

Speaking of history…

Mineski has finally entered the Asian top 10 after 1 year, 10 months and 7 days of their official existence. This marks a couple of highlights in Philippine esports history: First, it is the first time that a Philippine CS team has entered the pantheon of “Asia’s best” since 2012.

For those unfamiliar with Philippine CS and who might be reading it for the first time, the country had an elite squad that won the Asian Cyber Games in 2012.

The definition of “elite” may be debatable, but it is undeniable that the Filipinos have won one of the biggest prizes in the Asian scene that year.

Secondly, it is the landmark that defines the legitimacy of the Philippine CS scene, because for years, the country has been lagging behind its Asian counterparts – results, scale of tournaments, head-to-head capability, you name it. However, one success does not mean that it’s the embodiment of a total renaissance; the rest of the teams in the country need to step up and do more sacrifices if they are to bring back the Philippines to its former strength and glory.

Finally, it marks the first step in the total recovery of our scene. From whipping dogs (excuse me for the term, but there’s no denying it) back in 2015 to a force worthy of becoming Asia’s elite in 2017 tells a lot about how much we’ve improved. We just need to continue doing it, and the best way to do it is through either winning an Asian championship or placing top eight in an inter-regional tournament.

Luckily, Mineski has at least three chances to do it within this year.

We are crossing our fingers.

Other Notes

The Philippine CS scene should have an opportunity to witness how other Asian CS teams work during the Asia-Pacific Main Qualifier from October 25-29 at SMX. Mineski is set to face off against teams such as 5Power, MVP.PK and Signature Gaming in a tournament that will determine their fate in this year’s ROG Masters.

Also, the increasing number of tournaments (Havoc, ESNL, numerous amateur tourneys, etc.) and organizations (TNC is about to reveal their team pretty soon) is an encouraging sign of the times.

Time to end 2017 with a bang (and a championship trophy!)

Earl Carlo "dreamslayer28" Guevarra is the head editor for Play on WASD. His work is forthcoming in CSGO2ASIA, Crossfire Stars and GAMURS.

Formerly the lead FPS writer for eSports by INQUIRER.

People say he loves fruit juice :)