It's a common privilege for professional athletes to compete in sporting events abroad. Aside from being a national delegate, it could be their biggest claim to fame to beat the hell out of the athletes from other countries...or at least get the chance to do so.
Anchored by Manny Pacquiao's rousing victory over The Not Bathing One (Timothy Bradley), 2014 is shaping up to be a good year for Pinoy pro athletes—eSports athletes included. Believe us, it is just as exciting and as serious.
The Philippines bagged Fourth Place at the recently concluded Wargaming League Grand Finals in Warsaw, Poland last April 4 to 6, all thanks to the PVP Super Friends, who did not let our country's slow internet connection get in the way of training to be great at the international gaming scene. "I am not exactly rooting for the PVP Super Friends, but I know they are a tough match considering the difficulties they had to go through just to make it as far as the Grand Finals," says Wargaming CEO, Viktor Kislyi.
The Polish knows how to welcome its visitors—they did so by
putting a huge hologram on one of their national landmarks,
the Polish Museum of Science and Technology #badass
FHM staff writer, Pong Castillo (leftmost), celebrates with the PVP Super Friends
for ranking fourth worldwide. Not in photo: drunken Pinoys
after pints of celebratory Polish beer. Tagay pa!
Unlike last year's Tanks Asia finals in Singapore, where the Philippines reigned champions, the Wargaming League Grand Finals was not graced by sexy booth babes (what a bummer!), but instead was cheered on by gaming enthusiasts from around the globe. They wanted as much war tank action as the players, and that's exactly what they witnessed on Multikino Theater's 40-meter screen in surround sound.
The Wargaming fans looked more mandirigma-like than the players
Thanks to Wargaming commentator, Melek Balgün, we had our own Liv Tyler for three days
The PVP Super Friends went head-on with Ukraine's aggressive team, Na'Vi, for their first match, resulting in an unsurprising 2-1 loss. Being in the losers' bracket did not come easy as victories over Korea's Arete and London's FNatic took us to the edge of our seats. But the match against Russia's The Red Rush: Unity simply proved too much as the red ones ended the tourney for the Philippine delegates.
At the end of the league, the reigning top team, Na'Vi, took home the three-pound aluminum steel trophy and the $300,000 grand prize. Sweet! We're plotting revenge as early as now!
"Ang bigat pala nito, pare! Tuloooong!"
While we didn't bag the top plum, the PVP Super Friends was the ultimate crowd favorite. Thanks to Batman's (and the rest of the team's) unlimited supply of energy throughout the three-day league. The PVP Super Friend's Batman was also crowned as the league's most valuable player. "Masakit na hindi kami naging champions, pero masaya kami na ganito kalayo ang narating namin," he says. "We're just not yet as experienced in international competitions as our opponents."
"Hindi kami uuwing luhaan!"
"They told us we were not good enough for this, and look at where we are now!"
The team was still feeling electric after an intense three-day championship league, so we took the time to get bro tips in gaming from them for the noob gamer in you! Go to the next page and get schooled.
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