New TCOs Roster Confirmed

After months of trialing and speaking to various players and teams, I am finally ready to announce the new roster of The Chosen Ones.

They impressed me from day one of trials, showing fantastic aggressive plays and communication skills. Along with the help of my staff, we are aiming to coach up this talented new roster and grow the Philippines eSports scene together.

I have been asked by various individuals in regards to the possibility of a second team – this is something that I have not completely excluded, however at the current moment in time there are no applicants that have convinced me to implement them as a possible second lineup.

All of our team news, tournament entries, results and various scrims will be announced on our Facebook and Twitter, so make sure to keep up to date.

 

“We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Finally we have a chance to make it into the scene, well hopefully as we are really committed to prove something in the Dota 2 scene.”

-Angelo Victoria

 

Migs Luna Capati Angelo Victoria Nickname: VitaminLight Position: Mid Past teams: Assail

Migs Luna Capati
Nickname: VitaminLight
Position: Mid
Past teams: Assail
Signature heroes: Storm Spirit, Terrorblade , Invoker

 

 

Angelo Victoria Nickname: Googlyyy Position: Support  Past teams: Happy Feet Signature heroes: Earthshaker, Vengeful, Rubick

Angelo Victoria
Nickname: Googlyyy
Position: Support
Past teams: Happy Feet
Signature heroes: Earthshaker, Vengeful, Rubick

Denis Reyes Nickname: Curly Position: Offlane Signature heroes: Invoker, Storm, Tinker

Denis Reyes
Nickname: Curly
Position: Offlane
Signature heroes: Invoker, Storm, Tinker

 

Marc Holzaepfel Nickname: Germi Position: Carry Signature heroes: Phantom Assassin, Faceless Void, Chaos Knight

Marc Holzaepfel
Nickname: Germi
Position: Carry
Signature heroes: Phantom Assassin, Faceless Void, Chaos Knight

 

 

Jomel Jo Nickname: @JomelJo Position: Support Signature heroes: Vengeful Spirit. Lion, Treant

Jomel Jo
Nickname: @JomelJo
Position: Support
Signature heroes: Vengeful Spirit. Lion, Treant

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)

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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.

 

 

IMPROVE YOUR DOTA 2 SKILLS BY ACQUIRING THESE 5 THINGS

HOW TO BE PREPARED FOR A DOTA 2 TOURNAMENT

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

TNC: The Grand Finale

The road to the Grand Finale nearly draws to an end! TNC eSports, takes its premiere tournament to the big stage this coming December!

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The end draws near, TNC eSports, one of Philippines most established Competitive Gaming event organizations and TheNet.com, the Philippines’ largest Internet Café Franchise line, gives out details for its upcoming culmination, the TNC eSports Cup 2014 – The Grand Finale.

An event full of Electronic Sports action and community engagement, this is where warriors are forged, where the country’s best of the best meet for a showcase of skill, and the dream of becoming Champions.

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The first major mall event for TNC eSports ever since its genesis back in 2013, TNC eSports and TheNet.com invites everyone for 2 days of Electronic Sports entertainment this coming December 13-14, 2014 in the Annex Event Area of SM North EDSA. A total of 24 teams from the TNC eSports Cup’s 5 gaming titles and as well as its intercollegiate extravaganza, the Student’s League Season II will be heading towards the TNC eSports The Grand Finale 2014 for one last stand-off which will declare this season’ champions.

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Admission is totally free, but as an added value to on-site attendees, TNC eSports will be releasing the “The Grand Finale Premium Pass” which entitles fans to a ton of Freebies, from Ballers, Lanyards to exclusive in-game items. Premium Pass holders will also get a chance to take home other exclusive freebies from Raffles and Promotions which will be run by TNC eSports and its partners on the event.

The TNC eSports Cup 2014 – The Grand Finale is fully supported by TNC eSports and TheNet.com’s partners, Asus Philippines, Monster Energy, Philips Multimedia Display, PLDT SME Nation, SteelSeries, Celebrity Lounge, and Stardibs.com.

More updates will be released soon for the TNC eSports Cup 2014 – The Grand Finale so be sure to keep posted by visiting the TNC eSports official website, TNCGaming.com and the official fanpage, FB.com/TNCGaming.Official.

TNC eSports

Now one of the country’s established Electronic Sports event organizations, TNC eSports has experienced rapid growth from its humble beginnings of concentrating in Luzon, to expanding its reach towards the far reaches of the Philippines.

TheNet.com

Hailed as the Philippines’ largest Internet Café Franchise line with 62 branches in Luzon alone, TheNet.com will now soon be entering the regions of Visayas and Mindanao, bringing the Gateway to the Cyberworld closer to #CertifiedRakkers of the south.

Mineski and MSI matchfixing scandal

mineski 4 *The players in these two photos do not directly represent the individuals who were responsible for the game fixing as the rosters depicted in these images may not be accurate to the current lineups.msi croppe Yet another Philippine scandal is at hand.

For those of you who don’t know what “322” refers to (I didn’t know either), it is the story of Solo. He made against his own team (RoX.KiS) in a StarLadder match and won $322 for losing the game. However, StarLadder staff found out about what he did and excluded him from all tournaments for the period of one year. In addition to that, the betting agency did not give him the $322 that he won. In short, 322 basically means “throwing the game” because that is what he did.This is why I included the number 322 in the article header, as it perfectly describes what has been going on in this scenario, although it is on a far bigger scale.

Match fixing is not something I would expect to happen, at least not at a professional level, but unfortunately a large number of reports suggest it has. Yesterday I was notified of a possible series of staged games between Mineski, MSI alongside other teams. I looked into the matter and found some publicly accessible images which point to a few names that are involved, the one below being the initial one which vaguely illustrated the main individuals involved, and their roles in the whole fiasco. 1779948_1483883445221750_204426545960375348_nThe image above gives a simple overview of the situation as portrayed by one user. Vallejos was claimed to be the “mastermind” of the whole incident. After researching him, I found out that he is the General Manager of a Dota 2 community named MyDota2Community, which has a total of 25,000 members in its Facebook group and 37,000 Facebook likes. The alleged middleman – Jonathan Radores, is a Dota 2 eSports player in the Philippines who is often seen standing in for Mineski, and is the friend of Julz, who was accused of scamming 80 keys from a GosuGamers staff member a few months ago.

Gosugamers coverage crew member Sovann “Skim” Kim added this in his latest article regarding the match fixing debates: “Upon checking up on our own bets, we found two GGnet accounts that both only placed one key bet in their entire history and both on this exact match between Mineski and MSI. Both accounts were created on the day of the match, won their bets and were able to withdraw over 70 keys each. Furthermore, two other accounts who were able to withdraw a similar amount of keys, with a total of only two key bets to their name. All accounts are from the Philippines and while none of them can be linked to any particular person, it adds up to the theory.”

The Mineski vs MSI match can be found here. The Mineski vs Team Immunity can be found here.

The evidence coming from GosuGamers already seems strong. I spoke to a dozen people myself, from both sides of the spectrum, the majority of whom wished to remain anonymous, meaning that I will not be able to state exactly who they are as I have to respect their privacy, especially for a sensitive topic such as this. However I am able to state the names of everyone who has been put ‘on the spot’ in this incident/whose names are open to the public already.

The first person on my list was Jonathan Radores, as a lot of the publicly available screenshots depict him discussing and planning the match fixing with friends. His stance on the matter was straight forward – He got hacked; the hacker framed him by messaging on his behalf. Below is an extract of my conversation with him. jonathan replyHowever, a very large number of screenshots have emerged over the past few days, giving us insight into Radores’ private messages which depict him talking to others about scamming and planning to fix the upcoming games. I will not post all of them here, as I will publish a separate article which will be composed primarily of images which have been uploaded to social media by various sources – you will be able to look through them and decide if they are real or fake for yourselves. For those of you who don’t speak Tagalog, here’s a translation that was provided by one of the people I interviewed:

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Jonathan Radores: Do you want to scam 80keys?
Arnel Marcos: Hahaha crazy. Baka majulz dre (A joke indicating that what had happened to Julz in the gosuwriter scam could happen to him)
Jonathan Radores: It was the two of us stupid! We screwed the wrong guy, because the guy we scammed was the #1gosu writer.
Arnel Marcos: hahaha you’re an idiot
michael and jonathan croppedMichael Vincent Vallejos: Sure, Tell Jacko,Tell Paseo to do their best later but Patt will miss pick
Jonathan Radores: Sure.. Hahaha.. Sisi too?
Michael Vincent Vallejos: Yes
Jonathan Radores: Give Jacko’s Tinker. Who else knows?

Perhaps one of the most valuable insights I received was from an MSI player themselves. Of course it is for you readers to decide whether or not this is true, due to the fact that I am unable to state the name of the player involved for confidentiality reasons, meaning that the statement below cannot be backed up with a screenshot of a conversation between me and the player (including their name) unless they themselves decide to confess publicly. Initially the player announced to me that he will be leaving MSI, and admitted to the game fixes:

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 They then went onto talk about Michael Vincent Vallejos, who has been portrayed as the main antagonist in the story:

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msi player on michael small 3 This information leaves us with some back-story to Michael. This story can supported by a selection of Reddit users who commented on a recent Reddit post that was created less than a day ago. Here’s an example: reddit user Whilst browsing various Dota 2 Facebook groups, I also came across this image of Mineski players, Jonathan and Michael ice-skating together…coincidence? friends The image below is of Michael, where he is depicted being a “scam lord” whilst showing off his ‘dirty’ money. Definitely not something that he should be proud of. One of the sources had this to say:

“He is a buyer and seller of dota 2 items. He wants all the prices in his group under his control. If people buy items higher than his price in his group. he will automatically kick them. Many people have been kicked by him because they are all buying items in his group…Michael wants to control the price in his group and wants to only to sell them on him at low price because if no one is buying, there is no competition – sellers have no choice but to sell to him at low low price.”

scam lord In conclusion, the majority of sources and the information open to the public suggest that the match fixing between Mineski, MSI as well as other teams is a reality, however the defendant (Radores) stands by the statement he initially provided – that his email, steam and facebook were hacked. That being said, one of the sources I spoke to, told me that during their conversation with one of Radores’ friends, they claimed that he has regained access to his steam account. The question is, how is this possible if he has no access to his email address?

As Vallejos ignored my messages I couldn’t get his stance on the situation, however a heavy number of both sources and the general public on Reddit stated that he has scammed players before and continues to do so alongside the match fixing. I would like to highlight my current stance on the overall situation. From all of the information I have gathered, Michael Vincent Vallejos is guilty, no doubt about it.

As for Jonathan Radores, I do not want to make assumptions. Although his past suggests otherwise, I believe that there is a fight to suggest that he could be innocent, although the amount of evidence is overwhelming, so I will leave it to you guys to decide. MSI and Mineski players are the primary individuals at fault. If it wasn’t for them, this wouldn’t have happened. As far as I know, both organizations are looking into the situation themselves and will keep the public updated on their plans for the players once they run through a thorough investigation.

Due to the overload of information I received from various sources, I will write a separate article which will be solely dedicated to screenshots and other images which contribute to the allegations made by other sources. I would like to thank everyone who agreed to speak to me and provide me with all of this valuable information – everyone apart from Vallejos provided me with their views. I hope that this article answered some of your questions on the current on-goings of the Philippine Dota 2 scene.

I will consider writing a Part 2 to this article as there is so much that I still haven’t included in this one. Let me know if I should in the comments section below! I hope that you found this article insightful, I tried to include some information that is already available to the public as well as some exclusive information that no one else has covered. You can see the latest statements from both organizations below: mineski statement msi statementIf you have any further questions or have anything to add, feel free to get in touch on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Yakovl3v

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