The Philippine CS:GO Rankings: End of 2017


This is the almost the end of the 2017 season.

Some teams have risen rapidly, while some others have completely fell off the radar.

WASD, the Editorial Staff and its Editor-at-Large would like to present to you the second edition of the top ten CS:GO teams here in the Philippines.

A combination of local and international results as well as qualitative assessments based on player and team performances have been used to create the ranking system.

Without further ado, here are the top ten Philippine CS teams for the pre-season of 2017:

1. Mineski (no change)

Mineski had every chance to create a new legacy through their qualification in ZOWIE, ASUS APAC and IESF. However, due to a mixture of internal and external factors, they were unable to unleash the full potential of their team. Out of the recent international tournaments they’ve participated, they only got to the semifinals of the ASUS APAC Finals, being knocked out by eventual second placers Greyhounds.

Surely, they’re still the number one Filipino CS:GO team by sheer force of their local qualifier wins in the past six months as well as their international appearances.

However, their results have been lackluster towards the end of the year. Coupled with other internal reasons, they were forced to replace one of their members.

Still, with their qualification for the prestigious World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) and their possible entry into the 2018 edition of the Tarlac Esports League (TESL), the Filipino CS community would probably get another chance to see most of the core lineup in action...

2. IPT (no change)

Imperium Pro Team has won just enough tournaments in order to keep their second place spot. Getting first place in the GEXT local qualifiers (a tournament where many of the top 10 teams have attended) and getting a podium spot in the GEXT SEA finals (3rd place finish) solidifies their claim as one of the country’s top sides.

Meanwhile, they have appeared at various local and international qualifiers, thus ensuring that they keep their relevance in the local scene. The CURRENT ITERATION of the team may have still a lot more to go, but for now, they have kept showing the Philippine scene why they are one of the country’s finest.

3. Fractals (no change)

Winning against Imperium Pro Team in the third place match of Operation Havoc allows them to stay in their current spot. In addition, they also appeared in various other qualifiers and mini-tournaments, allowing them to stay where they are at the moment.

Fractals is one of those rare team names that have lasted  without a proper sponsor – however as it stands, they have now someone who backs them with boot camps, food and accommodation.

If Fractals, did already reach this high with less, what could they do with more?

4. Rampage Esports (NEW)

Though they have already shown a string of results in their first few outings, their win at Operation Havoc has allowed them to rise rapidly among the top CS:GO teams in this country. They have also grabbed numerous top placings in other local tournaments and participated in numerous others; as a result, the team was able to get its engines running pretty fast.

5. ArkAngel Esports (-1)

Rebranded by a “very rich sponsor,” they might just be the new thing in CS:GO – even though the name has been existing  earlier in the year, even participating in various national CS competitions.

Getting into the finals of the WESG qualifiers is not a joke at all. Thus, the new lineup (consisting of players from top teams currently in this list) might work out in the future as they go and show their skills in the upper echelons of CS:GO.

6. TNC (NEW)

Getting multiple top three finishes and getting to the play-in stage of the ASUS APAC finals, as well as getting to the semifinals of the WESG Philippine qualifiers is a massive achievement for a team that has barely lasted in its official status for more than a few months.

Despite their fracas with a rather shady tournament, TNC should be on its way to the top of the CS:GO food chain right now – besides, with their new pickups, only the best Philippine sides can stop them.

7. Samurice (+3)

This is a team that has potential with a talented lineup; however, they have a lot to prove before being able to reach the top.

Despite that, the fact that they won the 4th edition of the Havoc qualifiers as well as getting to the top five of the Havoc finals shows their skill as a team.

8. G1.Wolves (-3)

As for this team, they have performed consistently towards the end of 2017 and even got a minor international appearance in the form of Red Bull Malaysia.

Their 6th place finish in the Havoc finals (just below Samurice) shows how much they value high-level competition. Whether they can use it as an inspiration to go back to their glory days is another question.

Thus, here they stay and hang on in the last edition of this year’s rankings.

9. Hyve (-3)

This team has been under the radar for quite some time now, with their last event being Operation Havoc. However, with some of their members trying to reorganize themselves for another run this 2018, it would be interesting to see what they can achieve as a team.

Still, with any lack of appreciable results, they risk being pushed out of the rankings by teams who are willing to give it all (both nationally and internationally) in the upcoming months.

10. Wargods.AG (-2)

It’s the same story for Wargods, who were last seen in a major event in September 2017 (IeSF and Operation Havoc Qualifiers).

Just as with Hyve, they have a high possibility to be pushed out after TeSL, especially as both the top teams and the “up-and-coming” squads give their utmost to make their mark nationally and internationally in the coming days.

SPECIAL MENTION: The Provinces

There is no one team that can represent right now the provinces in this ranking. However, Metronoia (regardless of lineup), EZPZ (they have disbanded, thanks to one of their entry fraggers in the form of FRIGHT going to Mineski), Dakingz (who got the 1st WASD Amateur Tournament) WarBiz (who are having good performances in the Visayas region) and a couple of others, have shown the country why people should look out for the provincial regions (and help them in their journeys to represent the country, if any) this coming 2018.

TRIVIA:

1. Mineski still bans Cache a lot internationally, despite the number of times that they’ve changed lineups since 2016.

2. Kingsmen and Fallen 5 have completely fallen out of the rankings.

3. Rekt, for rebranding reasons, has been changed to ArkAngel, doing little tweaks along the way.

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Editorial Notes:

Visayas and Mindanao have finally disappeared from the top echelons of Philippine CS:GO after 11 months of existence, with the success of its teams completely losing relevance in a rapidly changing local scene.

Whether they would be able to come back again is a question that would be best answered by the VisMin teams themselves – and the only way they can do it is through participating and finishing strong in national-level tournaments (or be brave enough to join international ones, particularly those that are open to everyone).

In addition, the dip in the rankings should not be considered as indicative of that particular team’s general performance. Rather, it should be representative of the fact that this ranking has finally gotten to an optimal level in which all of the listed teams are actually playing and haven’t disbanded.

Mineski, as mentioned, has always been the undisputed number one team in Philippine CS since their official founding in January 2016. However, in comparison to the end of 2016, the team actually lacks big results in the Asian scene, which is actually something to reflect on.

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The rankings have always been a joint initiative of the WASD staff, led by its Editor-at-Large and with the input of stakeholders in the scene.

FOR THE PREVIOUS EDITIONS OF THE RANKING:

The Best Philippine CS:GO Teams: Middle of 2017

Top Philippine CS Teams, Early 2017

Top Philippine CS Teams, End of 2016

Top Philippine CS Teams, Mid-2016


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 :)