Metronoia Successfully Conducts Pro CS Cup, Mindanaoans Appear in Full Force

Esports is alive and well in the provinces.

Metronoia Cyber Café has just successfully held its first-ever Pro CS Cup, featuring ten teams from all over Mindanao, at its main branch in Zamboanga City on December 18-19, 2017.

The teams who participated included Clover, ARIS, Metronoia, GGenesis, TVB and FRN from the Zamboanga Peninsula qualifiers, with EZPZ from Cagayan de Oro, Dakingz from Butuan, GNarcoticsPH and G7.FreedomFighters, both of which are from Iligan.

Players went through a round-robin stage, with the top seed from each group getting a semifinals slot and the next two teams going to the quarterfinals.

Metronoia went ham in the group stage, getting a 4-0 scoreline, including a double-overtime thriller against recent WASD Amateur champions Dakingz on Cache (22-20). They were followed by the Butuan squad, TVB 1 and Aris, all of whom got a 2-2 record. However, Aris did not qualify due to the lesser number of rounds that they’ve won in the group stage.

On the other bracket, EZPZ swept through their opponents with a 4-0 record, with Clover and GGenesis getting 3-1 and 2-2, respectively.

With the six teams getting to the finals, Dakingz dispatched Clover, while GGenesis took out TVB 1 in a close match. The semifinals saw a rematch of Dakingz and Metronoia, where the home team went all-out and eliminated them 2-0, thus ensuring that Zamboanga was in the grand finals.

EZPZ also eliminated GGenesis, 2-0, thus getting the last spot to the grand finals.

The grand finals saw multiple rounds of action as Metronoia banned Nuke and EZPZ banned Cache, with Train, Mirage, Cobblestone, Overpass and Inferno on the line.

Train saw a close match, with Edgar “Garflex” Acasio getting two much-needed clutches in the endgame (25th round onwards) in order to seal the deal. On Mirage, Metronoia showed good control on the CT side as well as disciplined play on the T side.

Going on to Cobblestone, Garflex netted 37 kills as he rampaged his way to give his team the series advantage, 2-1. Overpass was a comeback map as Metronoia barely survived their second half on the CT side.

On Inferno, Metronoia went for a double-digit finish on the Terrorist side before finally closing out on the second half in order to win the entire tournament and get the lion’s share of  the substantial P50,000 prize pool.

Garflex was unanimously selected as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament, a fact which has been shown on all the maps of the series, finishing in good kill-per-round (KPR) ratios during the grand finals.

Metronoia Cyber Café is considered to be one of Western Mindanao’s finest internet cafes, having hosted multiple esports tournaments for the region in its short five-month history.

According to the feedback from the teams, they were treated to “buffets as well as certain activities for the improvement of the player experience” as well as “comfortable accommodation” and “warm hospitality.” The members of the teams have been seen thanking the organizers for the conduct of the tournament.

Hundreds of viewers have watched the tournament online on Facebook Live, something which is unprecedented for a provincial Counter-Strike tournament. In addition, 200 people flocked to the venue to support their teams despite the fact that the internet cafe could only accommodate 100 spectators, apart from the players who were in the tournament.

The tournament has just showed that esports is not just alive in Metro Manila, but in the provinces as well.

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 :)