Ateneo De Manila University, a school that is constantly being weighed, thanks to the great people that it has produced since it's humble beginnings. A school that does not only excel in the field of academics but also in the field of competitive sports. In this year and age of competitive e-sports in the Philippines that is vastly growing, their chosen students that won the previous NCCL qualifiers in Ateneo shall embark on a journey that can solidfy their schools' reputation in the field of competitive gaming. Here are the representatives of the Blue and White Squad from Loyola Heights in Quezon City, the NCCL representatives of Mineski Infinity Katipunan, Team PUSO.

 

So what are your current courses in Ateneo?

*Francis David Sumulong - Recent Graduate of BS Management Information Systems
*Roferth Dayao - incoming 4th year BS Legal Management
Angelo Miguell Natividad - Recent Graduate BS Management Information Systems
Danilo Batinga - incoming 4th year BS Legal Management
Daniel Fordan - incoming 4th year BS Computer Science
Fred Nyll Tupas incoming 3rd year BS/M Applied Mathematics Major in Finance
*Co-Captains

 

How long have you've been playing with your friends as a team?

Itong qualifiers pa lang ung first game namin na official, kadalasan kasi fun games lang ang ginagawa namin. Tapos minsan naglalaro kami ng Captain's Mode or All Pick sa dorm, o kaya all nighter sa Mineski Infinity taft pa.
Pero kami ni roferth at angelo, mga 2-3 years na kaming naglalaro ng magkakampi, tapos yung iba nahatak na lang kasi magaling rin. Haha! Mahirap rin kasing mag yaya dahil sa dami ng schoolwork tapos iba-iba pa course namin. haha!
[The NCCL Ateneo qualifiers was our official break in the DotA scene since we only usually do AP, CM, and fun games with our friends at the dorm or at MI Taft. But Roferth, Angelo, and me have been playing together for almost 2 to 3 years. And we just asked the others to join us since it is very difficult to look for serious gamers due to the school work and the differences of our courses. (laughs)]


How did you manage to balance your studies and your hobby of playing DotA? Were there any difficulties?

Kadalasan nababalanse yan dahil hindi na natutulog, haha! DotA sa gabi tapos aral pa pagkatapos. Pero pag hell week na talaga, dedmahan na, walang pansinan para di ma-tempt maglaro.
[We can balance it usually because we don't sleep often times. (laughs) DotA at night then study afterwards. But when it's our finals already, we don't talk to each other to resist the temptation of playing.]

 

Team Puso as they won NCCL MI Katipunan

 

So its F.O (friendship over) when it comes to DotA?

OO F.O. Haha! Dami rin naglalaro sa dorm eh, matetempt ka talaga maglaro.
[Yes, there so many students that are also playing DotA at the dorm. Your gonna to be tempted to play because of them. (laughs)]

 

Is the NCCL qualifiers your first major achievement as a team? Or are there any that you want to mention?

Eto na yung una talaga, eto yung pinaka unang experience namin , sumali kami dati dun sa free tournament of another shop last january (this year). Pero wala ang gulo ng pagkakaorganize kala namin group stage, pero laglag agad after ng first game kasi biglang single elims na pala. eh kinabahan ako, nagpasub pa :)). Balik agad kami MI Taft nun tapos practice agad kasi masakit sa loob na masipa agad.
[Yes, we've joined a tournament before that was hosted by another shop last January, but it was unorganized and we thought it was a group stage format. But they changed it to Single Eliminations, then I decided not to play (laughs) and made my other teammate to play. We lost during the early stages of the tournament, then headed back immediately to MI then we've practiced our plays.]

 

What does your team expect in the upcoming NCCL finals, considering that it can be classified as "The UAAP / NCAA of DotA"?

Expected na namin na malakas lahat ng kalaban dun pero okay lang. Kaya naman kami nagdodota eh para maging masaya bonus na lang yung mga panalo. Medyo nakaka-kaba lang na sa mall pa magaganap yung event. haha!
Siguro lamang sila ng onti sa practice dahil katabi lang nila yung Mineski haha. pero siyempre puso lang, di kami papatalo. magkakaalaman na lang pag dating ng NCCL.

[We expecting already that the other teams coming from the other schools are stronger than us. But its alright with us because our only reason of playing DotA is to have fun. Our slot at the NCCL is a bonus. I think they are ahead of us because Mineski Infinity is near their respective schools. (laughs)]

 

And Since DLSU shall also participate in the NCCL, what do you expect from the La Sallaians that shall qualify? Would there be another Ateneo - La Salle Rivalry that is waiting to be seen?

Tatawagan ko na si coach Norman Black para may galawan kami pagdating ng NCCL. Haha!
[I shall call Coach Norman Black to help us compete at the NCCL. (laughs)]

 

Great! So would your team like to mention any people or organization/s that you want to greet?

Pabati sa mga kaibigan namin na sina Ponch, Bowie, Sam, Ico, Kris Cokia, Kris Kokseng, Arvin Avelino, Marty Villegas, Luigi Reyes, the hobbits: Gian and Toto, JR Polidario, Mikko Diaz, Amiel Sarmiento, Matthew Tayco, Sean Uy, Raymond Wong, Joseph Kho, Ala Tan, Forrest Fitzgerald, paj+bulag+harold combo, Joseph Bilog ng iChill, Murphy Pe, Mitch ni Rof, at sa lahat ng mga Atenista! One Big Fight! PUSO!!
[We would like to thank our friends Ponch, Bowie, Sam, Ico, Kris Cokia, Kris Kokseng, Arvin Avelino, Marty Villegas, Luigi Reyes, the hobbits: Gian and Toto, JR Polidario, Mikko Diaz, Amiel Sarmiento, Matthew Tayco, Sean Uy, Raymond Wong, Joseph Kho, Ala Tan, Forrest Fitzgerald, paj+bulag+harold combo, Joseph Bilog ng iChill, Murphy Pe, Mitch ni Rof, and to all the Ateneans out there! One Big Fight! PUSO!! ]

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