Mineski Eliminated From WESG, Fails to Reach Group Stage

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.

On Friday, Mineski went Group D of the tournament, featuring teams such as Indonesian powerhouse Recca (14-16), Vietnamese side UTM (17-19), East Asian squad EMC (14-16) and Chinese squad MAX (5-16).

The squad from the Philippines qualified for the continental tournament after beating ArkAngel, 2-0, in the Philippine Finals. Many other Filipinos have also joined the Philippine qualifier.

Their first match against Indonesian powerhouse Recca (current number eight in Asia) started with a stellar 7-0 run by Mineski. However, a series of rock-solid performances by Baskoro “Roseau” Dwi Putra, Albert “FrostMisty” Giovanni and Kevin “xccurate” Susanto allowed them to make it 7-8. Meanwhile, in the second half, Mineski were holding on barely; however, an extremely impactful 24th round clutch win by Susanto ensured that Mineski’s economy would be broken for the rest of the match, thus allowing Recca to take the group opener.

Meanwhile, their second match against UTM was almost non-competititve as they finished 4-11 on the Terrorist side of Inferno. However, in the second half in the CT side, Jayvee “dubstep” Paguirigan lead his team with calls and some much-needed frags in order to get it back into overtime. By then, Mineski clearly ran out of steam as they only managed to get two more rounds in extra time before being shut down by the Vietnamese to make it 17-19 and thus resulting in a 0-2 run for the Filipinos.

Going into their third match against EMC, Mineski had a close fight despite being already down 0-2 in their group. In the end, ChunMing “hypathor” Jark won too many entry duels, thus gaining the necessary edge for the Hongkong players to beat the Filipinos and ensure that they are booted out of the tournament.

The final match saw Kevin “dispenser” Te trying to hold his team on Nuke against the Chinese, even though it was already a non-bearing match for the Filipinos.

Mineski-CS:GO has been the top CS:GO team in the Philippines since their official inception back on January 1, 2017, never having to relinquish their position even once.

The Filipino squad has been largely expected to take their group 3-1 or 2-2 due to the fact that Te was in great form lately. As it turned out, Ronard “GII” Tecson appeared in the first map for Mineski, while Paguirigan and Te went to the top in the second and third maps, respectively; however, they fell short each time around as the scores of the three bearing matches showed.

Mineski will come back to the Philippines to fight, at least in the Tarlac Esports League (TESL), which is considered to be the largest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament in the Philippines.

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.

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