Mineski to Represent the Philippines in WESG APAC Finals
Despite being a man short, Mineski gets another chance to represent the country as they beat ArkAngel in the grand finals of the WESG Philippine CS:GO qualifiers on December 10, Sunday.
Mineski needed to beat Triads and Imperium before they get to meet the newly-rebranded team in the grand finals. Meanwhile, the eventual second placers went up against Nemesis, Fractals and TNC to get their chance to meet the country's number one ranked team.
ArkAngel first took out Nuke, then Mineski removed Overpass. Nuke is a rather unfamiliar map for many teams, while Overpass is typically a contentious map for Mineski, considering that many Filipino teams have shown their strength on that map.
Then, ArkAngel got Cache, while Mineski put up with their typical map pick on Train. The second set of bans saw Mirage and Inferno being kicked out of the map pool, thus turning Cobblestone into the third map.
Mineski played to their strengths as they massed their individual firepower to take ArkAngel's pick, 16-8. It is notable that despite a close first half, the country's top squad only allowed ArkAngel to take one round.
On the second map, Mineski just rolled their way as ArkAngel wasn't able to get the rounds needed to threaten Mineski. With a 16-6 scoreline, Mineski take the series and as a result, they are going to represent the Philippines in the APAC finals, where six teams will get the chance to represent the region in the grand finals in March.
With the APAC CS:GO finals set to be held on January 11-14 in Jiaozhou, China, the grand finals will be held in Changzhou Olympic Sports Center, which is slated to have a prize pool of $1.5 million (~P75 million). The APAC finals itself will have a prize pool of $92,500 (~P4.265 million).
Other notable teams that joined the Philippine qualifier include Rampage, WOLVES and Samurice, among others.
Earl Carlo "dreamslayer28" Guevarra is the head editor for Play on WASD. His work is forthcoming in CSGO2ASIA, Crossfire Stars and GAMURS.
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