Mindanao is a place where we can find rich cultures, heritage, and magnificent natural wonders. But little do the people know that Mindanao also hosts a wide pool of talent and skill when it come to competitive gaming.
And for this month, Mineski.net features two of the known players in Dipolog and Cagayan De Oro for our gamer of the month article. You got that right! We Are showcasing two players that have proven their worth! We present to you, "Kakan" Macarambon of Team G7 in Dipolog. And "Bensoy" Enriquez of Team Mski.Cdo-Awesome in Cagayan De Oro.
( Kakan [left] with Team G7, and Prince [right] with former team Sendong)
Hi! Can you please give us some information about yourselves?
|I'm Alikhan Macarambon also known as "Kakan", turning 19 this september. I'm currently studying at La Salle University Ozamiz, 2nd year in BSEE. I'm the support player, and captain of our team at the same time||Prince Vince Enriquez a.k.a "Bensoy", 14 years of age and I'm currently a highschool student. I'm playing DotA for 2 years now, and I'm the captain and mid-laner in our team.|
When did you start to play the game? What was your first hero, and do you recall any funny experiences?
|I started playing dota when I was in 2nd year highschool, and Lion was my first hero. I used to buy item recipes back then and carry it while in combat without knowing it doesn't help in boost-up your hero. [laughs]||I started going pro last MPGL 3-7, and my first hero was Venomancer at the mid-lane that time. Funny Experience, I was farming like hell in Cebu as I can remember. [laughs]|
Favorite hero/es and item/s?
|Apparition and Rubick, and Arcane boots is my preferred item.||Lanaya and Morphling. Items, Skadi and dagger.|
What are your achievements as a pro-gamer as of now?
Champion - 4-6 Gigabyte Mineski Pro Gaming League (Dipolog)
Champion - Mineski Infinity Opening Tornament (Dipolog)
Any Previous team/s before your current team?
|Team Ozamiz||Geek Street, Sendong, Wimax.CDO|
(G7 of Dipolog [left], and Sendong of CDO [right] in action during the GMPGL)
How does your team prepare before every MPGL?
|Practicing overnight for atleast 3 days and watching other team's Replays.||Studying Strategies, watching replays and applying it during the game.|
Besides from playing DotA, what are the others things that make you busy nowadays?
|I play ragnarok private server. (Dark-RO in specific), and I hang out with my girlfriend and friends.||Playing GEM TD with my team, and playing MU PH. [laughs]|
And since you're also a student gamer, what can you say about the NCCL tournament of Mineski?
|NCCL tournament is a big help to promote Dota as part of electronic sports.||Since I'm still a high school student and this tournament is not yet applicable for me, NCCL is one of the tournaments where you and your classmates, schoolmates will bond while participating in it. And to my fellow student gamers, most especially here in CDO, GIVE YOUR BEST SHOT. Once in a life time lang to! [laughs]|
Thank you for your time! By the way, are there any shoutouts you would like to do?
|Binabati ko nga pala ang team manager namin na si Genesis Laborada Jr. and Gezer Laborada, at sa G7 Cafe na patuloy na sumusuporta sa team namin. Binabati ko rin ang kuya ko na si Asher, sila antoy, roray , chris kid at laht ng members ng team G7. Si Boy Cute, yung cute na organizer ng GMPGL Dipolog. Thanks sa warm welcome sa lahat ng dayo. The best kayo. Binabati ko din ang team Crownsway, Noty, KNE, Wimax , Awesome at sa lahat ng teams na friend ng G7, at pGDn.CHX of Pagadian City. Binabati ko lahat ng friends ko na taga Ozamiz, Molave, Pagadian, Dipolog, Iligan, and CDO. At last but not the least, binabati ko rin ang girlfriend ko na si Mary Khen Monicit I Love you baby!||Shoutouts to Mineski Infinity CDO for sponsoring my team. Ma'am Minnie Adecer Thank you! Also to Francis Eroll Nagac, my all-time manager. Team Awesome, to Manoy,Tantan, ungas, Johnpadz, and to Raymond. [laughs]|
Watch Kakan of G7 in Dipolog, and Bensoy in Cagayan de Oro, as they and their respective teams defend their title and honor for the next of leg of The Gigabyte™ Mineski Pro-Gaming League next month. And to all the players in the Mindanao region, Salig lang, HUROT NA!
*All used photos belong to Mineski Events Team, and to the GOTM's themselves.