The Chosen Ones Reborn

As many of you may have already heard, I have revived the Dota 2 roster of TCOs (The Chosen Ones). It took a while for me to gather the strength to manage a roster again after an unsuccessful last attempt, but things are looking good so far!

After carrying out trials over the course of last week I know maintain the main team under the name of The Chosen Ones PH (TCOsPH), which features the following players:

Kevin Andre Vera – Playing under the nickname “NVK”, Kevin is  one of the two supports of the team. He has been around the scene for the past 8 years since the Dota 1 days. A lot of you might know him as the ex-captain of Pacific2 Badboys team from Philippines.
Job Real Ramos – Portraying the carry role of the roster, Job goes by the name “Battousai” ingame, and has been part of MineskiInfinityCebu-iPT, Censored.Blaque and Arcanys Gaming, from which he departed from late last year in search of a new team.
Don Carlo Manalo – Carlo is our second support and simply goes by his own name “Carlo”. He has participated in numerous teams previous to this one, including Pacific Neolution and Pacific2 Badboys.
Sidney Ledesma – Our offlaner who goes by the pseudonym “neyzidney” has been in the scene since 2010, participating in teams such as Loseless, Its pro time, Blaque and Arcanys2.
Mark Salazar – A natural midlaner, Mark or “GoodCleanFun” as his fans call him is fairly new to the scene, having only competed in the scene for the past year. Like Job, Mark has also been a member of Arcanys gaming and now looks to prove himself in a new roster.

Since the inception of the team last week, we have been training everyday through scrims with other Asian teams. After only days of practice, the guys had already managed to dominate Execration and MSI, who are ranked amongst the top Philippine and South East Asian lineups.  (Screenshots of two games can be seen below)

execration jpeg

victory vs msi 2


A good start for sure. So far we have two tournaments lined up in our schedule – JoinDota League in which we will most likely be placed in division 3, and Razer NeXT which is due to start in a few weeks time. We plan to sign up to more tournaments along the way to help us improve and prepare for the bigger championships in the coming months, which will hopefully help us reach the qualifiers for The International 5 – the biggest tournament of the year.





Dota 2 Tournaments are thrilling because the game itself is quite balanced, especially now that Ice Frog has made several modifications. This is a battle of decision making and skills. These 2 important things as well as the following are the things you should improve to win most of your games and tournaments.

Learn your effective play-style

In Tournament games, you don’t have the time to be thinking of what play-style you should have. There’s no time for trial and error. You should know in your practices what works and what suits your team. If you go out there and play differently from your practice games, the only chance of winning is luck. You have to trust your practices and yourself. Yes, you are facing a stronger opponents but don’t be intimidated. Stick to your developed game style and just perform with your A-game.

Lead if you are the captain; Trust if you are a player.

Leaders have the greatest role in tournaments. They are the one who would decide what will be the team’s strategy and they are the one who would generate plans in most situations. Members can suggest but leaders should be the one to decide whether to accept or reject given suggestions. The main reason for this is to have a united attacks. If members would decide what to do on their own, the team would fall against an opposing team who are fighting as a team. In team games/sports, winning is decided by two things: better leader and better trust from members.

Prepare enough strategy

In most tournaments, your games can be watched by your next opponents. Having only 1 strategy means you’re already countered as soon as you’ve played your first game. Your opponents can wait for you in your favorite ganking areas and can simply ban your bread and butter heroes. Your worst opponents can even use your own strategy against you. If you’re joining a DotA 2 Tournament, it is a must to be unpredictable – This adds to their fear against you. How can they defend if they don’t know what tactics you have implemented in your attack?

Be ready to counter as many DotA 2 strategies as possible

Once you have an idea of what your opponent’s game plan will be, you should be prepared for that plan of action a week before, and execute your counter-plans against them during the game. Practice against better teams because it is through them that you’re going to know what strategies will surprise and beat you. Then formulate plans to win against those strategies and know which will work. When tournament day comes, you’ll be more confident because you’ve learned a lot and you are ready to face a lot of strategies that other teams may be planning.

Be comfortable in serious games

I had a problem back then. When I was playing games with money on the line, my game was suddenly changed from great to worse than noob. I learned to be comfortable when one time, I was asked to play a game against an unknown team. We defeated that team and after the game I found out that it was also a bet game, only this time I was unaware. Then, I realized that if I treat serious games not too seriously, my game is way better. It was the beginning of me winning bet games. I don’t know with you because certain factors may vary for you. You might be more comfortable when you are serious but the idea here is find out how you’ll become comfortable playing.

And, the last thing…Have Fun

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