Three days worth of FPS concluded with the crowning of champions at the Plus Attack PH event. The “FPS Apex 2018” treated fans in the Cuneta Astrodome nonstop FPS action across four different games. There was something for every kind of FPS player. May it be Rules of Survival, PUBG, Overwatch, CS:GO or Project Xandata, Plus Attack PH had them all. WASD PH may have just given Filipino FPS fans one great event.
Beyond the screams of rabid fans around the world, the Overwatch community in the Philippines persists. Three of the country’s best teams competed for the Overwatch tournament, with a total prize pool of ₱150,000. Two Filipino teams and one Thai team fought in a triple-way round robin matchup, with one series being fought over each day of the event. Illuminate.Wise, hailing from Thailand, fought during the first and third days of the tournament. Filipino team Fear The Name fought for two days straight on the first two days, while their brethren MMK fought on the last two.
Originally, GE.PANTHEON of Korea were slated to compete in the tournament, but they were inexplicably absent on the event itself.
In the end, it was MMK that won the gold, garnering a total of 7 points, just one point over Wise’s 6 points. Fear The Name ended the tournament with 0 points.
Showmatches and Showcases
Amidst the competition and the large prizepools, there were also exhibition matches that anyone could enjoy themselves. There was a PUBG showmatch for celebrities, which was surely entertaining by itself. Regular folks were also able to join in mini-tournaments, including a 1v1 CS:GO tournament for those who want to flex their FPS muscles.
The Filipino game, Project XANDATA was also available to play for the public. Although the game is still under development, it is almost well into its release. The game was also featured in an exhibition tournament for the whole duration of the event.
Rules of Chaos
Twenty teams reached the Finals of the Rules of Survival tournament, but only four survived until the last day. These four teams, NRX, Soul Gamers, Saltik Gaming and NoRules Gaming, battled it out in the last day of competition. In the end, No Rules Gaming bagged the lion’s share of the ROS prize pool.
TNC bags another one
Now solidifying their foothold on the PH gaming scene, TNC Pro Team yet again adds a tournament to their résumé. Fighting all the way from the online qualifiers, they succeeded in their campaign of winning the first ever Plus Attack PH. Winning the biggest local FPS event puts TNC in the history books. Accentuated by the kind of competition they faced here – going against teams like ArkAngel and their eventual opponents in the finals, Station 751, TNC’s win here puts them at the pinnacle of the local FPS scene.
Success with more to come
WASD’s Plus Attack PH is what the local esports scene should aspire for. Locally-produced, it’s an avenue for the biggest teams and the up-and-coming stars of the country to show their skills and talents. With events like these, we give our audience a more relatable competition, without compensating for any sort of ineptitude. WASD’s run this weekend may have had technical hiccups, but more local events tailored for the local scene are needed more than ever. As most industry leaders pivot towards more international events, grassroots competitions with big ambitions such as this one need to continue for us to stimulate the growth of our communities in our respective genres.