Category: Game News
Philippines and Indonesia Clash in the First Round of the IESF WEC ML:BB Playoffs
Last November 14, 2022, the International Esports Federation (IESF) released the playoffs bracket for 14th IESF World Esports Championship for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang where the top 8 teams from around the world will compete in Bali, Indonesia from December 3-11, 2022 including the Philippines.
Last November 14, 2022, the International Esports Federation (IESF) released the playoffs bracket for 14th IESF World Esports Championship for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang where the top 8 teams from around the world will compete in Bali, Indonesia from December 3-11, 2022 including the Philippines. The eight nations competing for the lion’s share of the 100,000 USD prize pool are Cambodia, Namibia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Slovenia, Argentina, Philippines, and Indonesia (host country).
The Philippines is considered as one of the top contenders for the IESF WEC Bali 2022 together with strong MLBB nations like Indonesia and Malaysia. The Sibol ML:BB lineup for the tournament is composed of the five main members of Blacklist International, who are the defending M3 World Champions plus two members from Maharlika Esports.
Here’s the final lineup for the Team Sibol MLBB for IESF WEC Bali 2022:
- Jonmar Villaluna
- Salic Alauya Imam
- Danerie James Del Rosario
- Edward Jay Dapadap
- Joshua Kyle Villarde
- Kiel Calvin Soriano
- Kenneth Carl Tadeo
The playoffs are played in a double elimination format where all teams start at the upper bracket. All matches are a best-of-3 match except for the grand finals which will be played in best-of-5 format. For the first round, Cambodia will be against Namibia, Malaysia is pitted against Vietnam, while Europe champions Slovenia will be up against PANAM Open champions, Argentina, and finally, host country Indonesia will be against the Philippines. The match between Indonesia and Philippines is very anticipated and hyped up because they are considered the two of the best Mobile Legends: Bang Bang countries in the world.
#KakalaroMoYan: The Globe Gamer Grounds Championship Debuts with over $31,000 Prize Pool
Join the new generation of Filipino esports athletes through The Globe Gamer Grounds Championship featuring the top mobile games in the country: PUBG Mobile, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Call of Duty: Mobile. Qualifiers start on November 21.
Three of the most popular mobile game titles in the Philippines will be part of The Globe Gamer Grounds Championship (TGGC) namely PUBG Mobile, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Call of Duty: Mobile with qualifiers happening as soon as the third week of November for PUBG Mobile and ML:BB. The Call of Duty: Mobile tournament will start around December 2022. TGGC has announced that the total prize pool across the tournament is at a staggering $31,000 (USD) Cash + $25,000 (USD) Equivalent Ember Points.
The Globe Gamer Grounds Championship aims to provide opportunities to amateur and semi-professional mobile gamers to rise to the occasion and showcase their talents and skills to the world. This is brought to you by Globe GGWP and Ember Philippines.
Take the first step and form your teams now!
#WeGotYou: TGGC Supports Philippine Gamers From All Around The Country
Call your friends, your family, your schoolmates, your workmates, or anybody and take a chance at The Globe Gamer Grounds Championship. It is an open tournament that’s happening all online. This could be your first step to entering esports and be able to show everyone what you and your team can do. Don’t be scared and challenge yourself like nothing ever before. There are cash and Ember points prizes from the qualifiers to the knockouts until the grand finals.
All you have to do is start by registering at the Globe Gamer Grounds platform: https://bit.ly/TGGCGuide
The Globe Gamer Grounds Championship: PUBG Mobile
The Globe Gamer Grounds Championship for PUBG Mobile starts its qualifiers on November 21. There will be four weekly qualifiers where 24 teams will head to the knockout stage. From the knockout stage, 15 teams will proceed to the grand finals.
Register now through the links below:
Nov 21 – TGGC PUBG MOBILE Qualifier #1
Nov 28 – TGGC PUBG MOBILE Qualifier #2
Dec 5 – TGGC PUBG MOBILE Qualifier #2
Dec 12 – TGGC PUBG MOBILE Qualifier #2
Note: Teams can participate in multiple qualifiers as long as they do not proceed to the next stage
The Globe Gamer Grounds Championship: Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
The Globe Gamer Grounds Championship for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang starts its qualifiers on November 23. There will be four weekly qualifiers where 32 teams will head to the knockout stage. From the knockout stage, 12 teams will proceed to the grand finals.
Register now through the links below:
Nov 23 – TGGC MLBB Qualifier #1:
Nov 30 – TGGC MLBB Qualifier #2
Dec 7 – TGGC MLBB Qualifier #3
Dec 14 – TGGC MLBB Qualifier #4
Note: Teams can participate in multiple qualifiers as long as they do not proceed to the next stage
#KakalaroMoYan: A Transformative Campaign
As an esports tournament platform, TGGC wants everybody to know that there is a future in competitive video gaming through their campaign #KakalaroMoYan. Originally a phrase that could be taken negatively because of the stigma against gaming, TGGC transformed “Kakalaro Mo ‘Yan” to a positive connotation where it promotes the growth of teams and individuals through esports. Be part of the new generation of esports athletes and join The Globe Gamer Grounds Championship.
MPL-PH Week 7 Recap: The Playoffs Teams Revealed
The teams who have made it to playoffs have been determined and two teams were left with no chance of making it anymore. Nexplay EVOS and TNC Pro Team are out of playoff contention due to their points while ECHO, Blacklist International, Omega Esports, ONIC Philippines, RSG Philippines, and Bren Esports have made it to playoffs.
The seventh week of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) – Philippines was cut short due to Typhoon Karding. Week 7 Day 3 was postponed to a later date to give time for everyone to prepare for the storm. However, the first two days of week 7 gave the fans intense matches and tearful goodbyes. The teams who have made it to playoffs have been determined and two teams were left with no chance of making it anymore. Nexplay EVOS and TNC Pro Team are out of playoff contention due to their points while ECHO, Blacklist International, Omega Esports, ONIC Philippines, RSG Philippines, and Bren Esports have made it to playoffs. It is no longer possible for them to garner enough points to outseat any teams from the top 6.
Week 7 Day 1
- Match 1: ONIC vs BLCK (0-2)
- Blacklist International has proven again that no team can beat them twice. Blacklist used their signature heroes for game one except for Edward when he surprised the world with the debut of his Lapu-Lapu in season 10 while ONIC also had a surprise pick with the Minotaur jungle. Game 1 was a back and forth push until the ultimate bonding experience (UBE) strategy of Blacklist got the best of ONIC. In game 2, Blacklist secured OhMyV33NUS’ Faramis and was able to dominate every lane and quickly ended the game to sweep ONIC and secure their playoffs spot. Hadji got both MVP for game 1 and 2 for his performances on Faramis and Valentina.
- Match 2: NXPE vs OMG (1-2)
- Nexplay EVOS was on the brink of elimination and Omega Esports was determined to make sure that NXPE would not enter the playoffs. In game 1, NXPE was able to show off their adjusted line-up for Omega as Elpizo’s Lolita and RENEJAY’s Masha secured crucial takedowns. In game 2, Omega quickly bounced back as they immediately banned the key heroes of Nexplay EVOS. NXPE was not able to bring the momentum of game 1 to game 2 and 3. Raizen’s Ling in game 3 was essential to close out Omega’s victory against Nexplay EVOS.
Week 7 Day 2
- Match 1: BREN vs RSG (2-1)
- Bren Esports made it back to the playoffs after their win against the defending champions, RSG Philippines. Captain Pheww picked up Kadita in game 1 and secured crucial fights against the raiders while Super Marco’s Melissa carried Bren Esports as well to claim the first game. RSG Philippines was able to extend the series in game 2 when they demolished Bren Esports through the help of Demonkite’s Karina, Exort’s Kadita, and Kousei’s Claude. In game 3, Pheww brought out a pocket pick – Bane. No doubt that Pheww’s performance in game 3 (7/3/6) put him as the MVP of the game as Bren Esports survived the raid of RSG Philippines.
- Match 2: ONIC vs OMG (0-2)
- Both ONIC and Omega Esports were trying to increase their points to improve their chances of landing in rank 1 or 2 so they could start their playoffs run in the upper bracket. Game 1 was a push and pull game between the two teams, with both teams trying to split push their way to ending their opponent’s core. It was a long game that almost reached 31 minutes but Kelra was able to end game 1 through a push at the top side. For game 2, the total kills of both teams was only at 6 with ONIC Philippines at 2 kills and Omega Esports at 4 kills. Omega Esports played a clean game, barely losing any objectives, to sweep ONIC Philippines. Kelra won the MVP for both games for his performances on Claude and Bruno.
- Match 3: ECHO vs TNC (2-0)
- Same with the other teams in the top 6, ECHO looked to increase their overall points to secure an upper bracket playoffs spot. ECHO vs TNC was painful to watch because ECHO managed to ravage their way into a clean 2-0 victory. Both games were landslide wins for the orcas. It seemed that ECHO outdrafted TNC in both games as TNC could not find a counter to ECHO drafts.
With just the first two days of week 7, the top 6 teams for playoffs have been determined. Nexplay EVOS and TNC Pro Team will not be able to enter the playoffs anymore. Day 3 was supposed to be a banger with RSG Philippines versus Nexplay EVOS and the match everybody has been waiting for, Blacklist International versus ECHO since they are the top 2 teams in the league right now. Fans would have to wait a bit as MPL Philippines has yet to announce when the rescheduled matches would happen.
Week 8 is here. Here are the upcoming matches for this week:
September 30, 2022
- OMG vs BREN (5:00 PM)
- ONIC vs TNC (7:30 PM)
October 1, 2022
- ECHO vs RSG (2:30 PM)
- BREN vs NXPE (5:00 PM)
- TNC vs BLCK (7:30 PM)
October 2, 2022
- NXPE vs ECHO (5:00 PM)
- BLCK vs RSG (7:30 PM)
MPL Philippines is live on their official Facebook, YouTube, and Tiktok channels every Friday to Sunday until October 2, 2022.
OneSnap Catalyst is the Back-to-Back FSL Wild Rift Open Champions
The supergirls of OneSnap Catalyst successfully defended their crown for the FSL Wild Rift Open after they defeated GrindSky Eris in a landslide victory of 3-0.
Female power has once again prevailed with the comeback of the FSL Wild Rift Open in its 4th season! The supergirls of OneSnap Catalyst successfully defended their crown last September 25, 2022, after they defeated GrindSky Eris in a landslide victory of 3-0. OneSnap Catalyst will take home 550 SGD + 5,000 Wild Core while GrindSky Eris will get 250 SGD + 3,000 Wild Cores.
OneSnap Catalyst was formerly TSUAHAH last FSL Wild Rift Open III, and they did have a different support player back then. But who are the girls of OneSnap Catalyst? Most of them were actually part of the first batch of OneSnap Esports Wild Rift players, including Jonez, Den, and Im Rogi (or Rogue) while Neavis (or Jeeya) was from GrindSky Eris, the team that won the gold medal in the 2021 SEA Games for Wild Rift (Women’s). TSUAHAH’s support, Ayapi transferred to GrindSky Eris after Jeeya’s departure. Most of the girls from the first batch of OneSnap Esports team went on a competitive break to focus on their respective work. Now, they are back with their original organization, OneSnap Esports. Currently, OneSnap Esports has four Wild Rift teams. They have three (3) female teams (Amazons, Luna, & Catalyst) and one (1) men’s team (Genesis). Some of the OneSnap Catalyst girls were actually from Liyab Esports’ League of Legends PC Women’s Team – Liyab Haliya. Liyab Haliya included Den, Rogue, Jonez, and Jeeya.
FSL Wild Rift Open IV Grand Finals Recap
Right off the bat, 1SE Catalyst banned Xin Zhao, Olaf, and Senna while OneSnap Catalyst banned OP champions Kassadin, Lucian, and Karma. 1SE Catalyst first picked Nasus for the support and immediately GS Eris picked Morgana for the jungle and Ashe for the DR Lane. 1SE Catalyst ended their first round picks with Garen and Kha’zix and GS picked Gragas. GS Eris banned Lux and Jayce to remove strong AP picks for 1SE Catalyst while 1SE Catalyst banned Zed and Renekton to halt any split pushing plays from GS Eris. GS Eris grabbed Nautilus and 1SE Catalyst finished their composition with Varus in the DR lane and Kayle in the mid lane. GS Eris picked a Riven for their BR lane to go up against the Garen.
GS Eris found the early lead with first blood and first tower but a clash in the mid lane around 7:50 allowed 1SE to comeback from their gold deficit. The final clash happened when the 3rd dragon showed up. Both of the teams were getting into position near the dragon pit when 1SE Den’s Kha’Zix flanked the backside of GS Eris and the entire 1SE team followed up to ace GS Eris and finish game 1 under 17 minutes.
Now on the blue side, GS Eris banned Nasus, Kayle, and Kha’Zix which were the lethal champions of 1SE from game 1. The scaling of these 3 champions proved too detrimental to the win of 1SE Catalyst in the first game. On the other hand, 1SE Catalyst kept their game 1 bans of Xin Zhao and Olaf while Karma was the other ban. With Kassadin free, GS Eris immediately picked it up. 1SE Catalyst answered back Lucian and Morgana picks. Seeing this, GS Eris locked in Zed and Shyvana while 1SE completed their first round of picks with Renekton. 1SE then banned Senna & Ashe against GS’ yoo ji min (or GS Yugen) and GS Eris banned 1SE Jeeya’s Braum and Nami. Naevis (or Jeeya) picked Nautilus shortly before GS Eris picked Samira and Gragas. Finally, 1SE picked Akali to go in the mid lane.
An early 4 for 1 trade in the bottom lane resulted with 1SE Im Rogi’s Akali getting a triple kill and a 2,000 gold lead for 1SE Catalyst. GS Eris fired back with a clash in the river to get their Samira ahead with a triple kill. However, 1SE Catalyst’s teamfight was too strong against GS Eris. The aggression and rotation of both Im Rogi and Jonez was too much for them to handle. After two aces against GS Eris, 1SE Catalyst found the opportunity to claim match point against GS Eris.
1SE Catalyst was back on the blue side and they retained their blue side bans of Xin Zhao, Olaf, and Senna while GS Eris banned Karma, Nasus, and Kassadin. For game 3, 1SE Catalyst first picked Morgana. With Lucian open, GS Eris locked it right away together with Shyvana. 1SE Jonez picked her Garen while Im Rogi picked Akali again. GS Eris also picked Gragas for the crucial game 3. Since 1SE Catalyst still did not have a marksman, GS Eris banned Ashe and Varus. On the other hand, GS Eris still did not have support for Lucian, 1SE Catalyst banned Nami and Lulu. GS Eris picked up Galio for their diving composition while 1SE Catalyst got Ezreal and Nautilus. GS Eris locked in Janna for their final pick.
At around 3:45, GS Eris tried to gank the DR lane of 1SE Catalyst but 1SE counter engaged and got a favorable 2 for 1 trade that put them in the early lead. 1SE Catalyst also got a double objective in the early game with the rift herald and contesting the ocean dragon take of GS Eris. Teamfight after the other, 1SE Catalyst would come out triumphant. In the final clash, GS Eris tried to engage the backline of 1SE Catalyst but the Akali and Morgana were also on the hunt for GS Eris’ backline. With the help of the untouchable Ezreal, 1SE Catalyst was able to ace GS Eris and take the back-to-back championships.
1SE Catalyst are the queens of teamfighting. They know exactly when to execute and where to position themselves. Even with their seasoned veterans in the team, GS Eris is still caught off guard by 1SE Catalyst’s strength. It was a well deserved win for OneSnap Catalyst!
There’s a lot to look forward to in the female competitive scene for Wild Rift, especially with the 2023 SEA Games coming up where it is once again a medal event. GrindSky Eris first won the gold medal for the 2021 SEA Games. More and more female teams will be vying for the national team position next year.
Valorant Esports Reveal 2023 VCT Teams
With the introduction of the new franchised format, Riot Games identified 30 teams as their “partner teams” to help take Valorant esports to its new era.
This year, Valorant presented the new format for the next year. They introduced three new Valorant International Leagues with 10 partnered teams each. With the introduction of the new franchised format, Riot Games identified 30 teams as their “partner teams” to help take Valorant esports to its new era.
It was a competitive process that saw a multitude of international esports organizations applying for a coveted spot. The selection was incredibly grueling as Riot Games made sure that they would be able to pick the best teams. The application included written applications, in-depth interviews, and financial reviews. Riot Games mentioned that competitive performance was not a key factor for consideration. They focused on the organization’s ability to provide the best experience for the fans of Valorant esports.
Riot Games mentioned in the Valorant esports website the top 3 criteria that they considered in picking the final teams:
- Organizations who share our values of always putting fans first, celebrate our diverse community, and are committed to supporting pros
- Organizations who have created a strong connection with fans through engaging content, a compelling brand, and an exciting roster
- Organizations who build for the long-term, with a focus on sustainability
For teams who did not make the cut, they still have a chance to compete within the Valorant esports ecosystem through the different challenger leagues around the world and the new Ascension tournaments.
Here are the teams that made the cut:
THE AMERICAS – Los Angeles
- 100 Thieves
- Cloud 9
- Evil Geniuses
- Krü Esports
EMEA – Berlin
- Team Liquid
- Team Vitality
- Karmine Corp
- Team Heretics
- Fut Esports
- BBL Esports
Pacific – Seoul
- Zeta Division
- Detonation Gaming
- Team Secret
- Paper Rex
- Rex Regum Qeon
- Talon Esports
- Global Esports
There are notable teams that did not make the cut such as TSM, G2, and Xerxia but they will still have a chance to compete in other challenger leagues next year. Congratulations to all the teams that made the top 10 of their region.
Valorant esports for 2023 is sure to be exciting!
Rainbow Six Mobile Now on Closed Beta
Popular FPS game Rainbow Six comes to mobile’s closed beta.
Renowned shooter game Rainbow Six previously announced its mobile counterpart. Last September 12, the Rainbow Six Mobile closed beta was released on Google Play. It is a free-to-play, competitive, tactical, and team-based FPS game. The closed beta is currently exclusive to android users.
According to the Ubisoft website, Rainbow Six Mobile is the ultimate tactical shooter game, designed exclusively for mobile that allows players to:
- Compete in Rainbow Six’s classic Attack vs. Defense game modes.
- Play as an Attacker or Defender in fast-paced 5v5 matches and face intense close-quarter combat while making timely tactical decisions.
- Collaborate as a team to set-up strategies and take full advantage of the destructible environments.
- Choose from a roster of highly trained Operators, each with their own unique abilities and gadgets.
Ubisoft also listed down what players can expect in the closed beta. They added the first stage of the Operator Unlock and Progression system. There will be daily challenges, a ticket system to play and unlock operators, and a battle pass. There are also new graphical and gameplay improvements, social features like persistent teams, and a more streamlined menu flow.
Three iconic Rainbow Six maps are part of the closed beta: Bank, Border, and Clubhouse.
- Bank: Located in the middle of a highly populated city, this heavily fortified bank will not be easy to infiltrate. Attackers will have difficulty to find the objective as the building is composed of several small and medium-sized rooms that can be easily reinforced by the Defenders.
- Border: In this map, you’ll feel isolated in this deadly outpost set at the border of two countries. Completely surrounded by deserted mountains, this map is composed of old and new buildings and is filled with open areas. Moving around will be dangerous and must be calculated carefully as it is one of the most open and destructible maps.
- Clubhouse: Every hour is happy hour in this biker gang clubhouse, a large map designed for strategic rotation and mobility. Sprawling throughout the building’s three floors are large, open rooms and plenty of destructible walls. The exterior is similarly vast and offers several interesting entry points for Attackers.
The following Attacking Operators are part of the closed beta:
- Attacking Recruit
The following Defending Operators are part of the closed beta:
- Defending Recruit
Android users can still register to get a chance to participate in the closed beta. It is only available in the following countries: Canada, US, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore, Philippines, and India. Rainbow Six Mobile’s developer Ubisoft mentioned that testing for iOS users will come in the future.
MPL-PH S10 Week 6 Recap: Too Close for Comfort
ONIC Philippines reclaims the top spot from Blacklist International after week 6 of MPL-PH Season 10.
Another weekend has passed for the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) Philippines and the Top 6 rankings have never been this close. A lot of people are saying that this is by far the most exciting and unpredictable MPL-PH season yet. After week 6, ONIC Philippines returned to the top of the team standings with 21 points followed by ECHO (20 points), Blacklist International (19 points), RSG Philippines (17 points), Omega Esports (17 points), Bren Esports (16 points), Nexplay EVOS (8 points), and TNC Pro Team (8 points).
Week 6 Day 1
- Match 1: TNC vs RSG (1-2)
- In a quest to salvage their season and find their way to playoffs, TNC scored an impressive game 1 win against RSG. However they fell short as RSG fought their way in game 2 to force a game 3 against TNC. In game 3, Demonkite unleashed the wrath of his Karina and got his very first savage in the MPL-PH to take the match against the Phoenixes.
- Match 2: ECHO vs BREN (2-0)
- Fans were anticipating the match up between Karltzy and Kyletzy however, in a bold move, Bren fielded Flaptzy to go up against his former comrade. In game 1, it was a really close fight but ECHO strategized a surprise backdoor play to end the game against Bren that caught them off guard while they were distracted in a Lord fight. In game 2, ECHO powered through Bren Esports with the help of Bennyqt’s Beatrix and completed their sweep.
Week 6 Day 2
- Match 1: NXPE vs ONIC (0-2)
- ONIC Philippines ended their losing streak with their match against Nexplay EVOS. They swept their opponents with ONIC’s rookies showing stellar performances and clean executions. ONIC’s Der and Nets stepped up in both game 1 and 2 to secure 3 points in this match.
- Match 2: OMG vs ECHO (0-2)
- The team of ECHO continued to shine with an impressive win against Omega Esports. Karltzy showed that he is still one of, if not the best jungler in the Philippines when he led ECHO to win against Omega. ECHO mounted a comeback in game 1 while ECHO dominated game 2 with Karltzy’s Julian.
- Match 3: BREN vs BLCK (2-1)
- Bren Esports bounced back from their loss against ECHO by breaking the code of Blacklist International. Kyletzy helped Bren to capture the game 1 victory while OhMyV33NUS’s Mathilda forced a decider between the two teams. In game 3, captain Pheww stepped up to secure Bren’s win.
Week 6 Day 3
- Match 1: RSG vs ONIC (0-2)
- ONIC Philippines became the first team to secure their spot in the playoffs when they swept the defending champions, RSG Philippines. For this match, ONIC’s Rapidoot and Sensui were the ones who showed off their skills and brought the raiders to a 0-2 win.
- Match 2: OMG vs TNC (2-1)
- It was a crucial match for TNC because they were on the brink of being out for playoff contention. They secured an important game 1 victory and lived to see another day for their playoff bid. However, Omega Esports fired back in game 2 and 3 for a reverse sweep with the help of KielVJ’s Lylia.
The standings for the Top 6 have been a game of musical chairs for the past weeks. This shows the extreme competitiveness of this MPL-PH season. ONIC Philippines impresses the world with their performance in their first ever MPL-PH season. Meanwhile, ECHO, under the new tutelage of Coach Tictac, continues to show a strong regular season performance with an 8-2 match win-loss. Blacklist International isn’t invincible anymore but they are still the strong force that intimidated the world. RSG Philippines still has a few quirks to fix to be able to defend their crown. Omega Esports need to find the perfect mix of players to bring them to the playoffs while Bren Esports continue to rise as the underdogs of this tournament. Nexplay EVOS and TNC Pro Team are still on the brink of not entering the playoffs. They need to improve their standings with only two weeks left of the regular season.
Week 7 is an exciting week as all games are crucial and every point counts. One mistake could affect the overall standings in a flash. MPL-PH Season 10 is live every Friday-Sunday on their official Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok.
Wild Rift Anniversary Patch Brings a Power Spike
A huge patch just dropped in time for the anniversary of the League of Legends: Wild Rift Anniversary.
The newest League of Legends: Wild Rift patch 3.4 delivered new champions, new features, new game modes, and new gameplay changes. This is Wild Rift’s anniversary patch so it’s very packed. The patch also wanted to highlight new support items to create more strategies and compositions.
Content will be released throughout the patch.
Gwen, the Hallowed Seamstress (Release Date: September 15)
“A former doll transformed and brought to life by magic, Gwen wields the very tools that once created her. She carries the weight of her maker’s love with every step, taking nothing for granted. At her command is the Hallowed Mist, an ancient and protective magic that has blessed Gwen’s scissors, needles, and sewing thread. So much is new to her, but Gwen remains joyfully determined to fight for the good that survives in a broken world.”
Gwen is a fighter champion for the top lane or middle lane.
(Passive) Thousand Cuts
Attacks deal bonus magic damage equal to 1% of the target’s max health. Heals for 70% of the damage, this ability deals to champions, up to 12.
Passive: Gains 1 stack per attack hit
Active: Snips her scissors twice, snipping an extra time for each stack consumed. Each snip deals 10 magic damage with the final snip dealing 50 magic damage instead.
Summons the Hallowed Mist, making Gwen untargetable to enemies outside the zone while inside. Gwen gains 11 Armor and Magic Resist inside the Mist. The Mist will move to Gwen the first time she attempts to leave.
First Cast: Hurl a needle that deals 30 magic damage, slows by 30% for 1.5 seconds, and applies Thousand Cuts to all enemies hit. Needlework can be re-cast 2 additional times.
Second Cast: Fires 3 needles, dealing a total of 90 magic damage.
Yone, the Unforgotten (Release Date: September 22)
“In life, he was Yone—half-brother of Yasuo, and renowned student of his village’s sword school. But upon his death at the hands of his brother, he found himself hunted by a malevolent entity of the spirit realm, and was forced to slay it with its own sword. Now, cursed to wear its demonic mask upon his face, Yone tirelessly hunts all such creatures in order to understand what he has become.”
(Passive) Way of the Hunter
Yone deals magic damage with every second Attack. In addition, his critical strike chance is increased.
Thrusts forward, damaging all enemies in a line. On hit, grants a stack of Gathering Storm for a few seconds. At 2 stacks, Mortal Steel dashes Yone forward with a gust of wind knocking enemies Airborne. Mortal Steel is treated as a basic attack and scales with all the same things.
Cleaves forward, damaging all enemies in a cone. Grants a shield to Yone, the value is increased by the number of champions hit by the swipe. Spirit Cleave’s cooldown and cast time scale with attack speed.
Yone’s spirit leaves his body behind, gaining Move Speed. When this skill ends, Yone’s spirit is forced back to his body and he repeats a portion of the damage he dealt as a spirit.
Yone blinks behind the last champion in a line with a slash so powerful it pulls all enemies hit towards him.
Champion Score: Riot Games has expanded the champion score to mastery of role from just mastery of champions.
- There are 5 different tiers
- The score is displayed in the profile page
GVG & Guilds Update
- There is now a whole new guild season that replaced the previous GvG.
- There is a simplified trophy track and missions
Quality of Life Updates
- New optional system with a new style of aiming and targeting pings
Kill Banner Updates
- New assisting champion icons to kill banners
Loadout System Updates
- More slots to item custom loadouts
Wild Pass Updates & Upgrades
- The “Bonus Rewards” section is now the “Wild Pass Emporium.”
- Wild Pass Skin Augments are now here and will be granted if the player can claim enough rewards in the Emporium.
- Elite Pass purchasers will receive Seasonal Missions
- Purchasing the Elite Pass will also now grant a new Role Choice Skin Chest at level 1.
- There is a special game mode called “Duel” where 2 players can go into the Howling Abyss map and fight in a 1v1 duel.
- In order to claim the victory a player must either:
- Kill enemy champion 2 times before the shrinking circle appears.
- Kill the enemy champion 1 time after the shrinking circle appears.
- Destroy the first enemy turret.
- There will be shrinking circle:
- Spawns 8 minutes into the game
- The initial radius of the shrinking circle will cover the whole map. It will wait 30 seconds, then will begin shrinking.
- The circle will complete shrinking at 9 minutes and 30 seconds and the final radius is 5 meters.
- There will be continuous damage if you’re outside of the circle.
- Once the shrinking circle appears, the next death by a champion will end the game for the killer’s victory.
- All champions are unlocked on the Howling Abyss
- Omnivamp is reduced by 50% against minions
- Recalling to the fountain will allow you to purchase items
- Each player will start with 500g
- Gold and experience generation are increased
Updates to ARAM
- After free rerolls are all used up, the player is offered the option to purchase extra rerolls with Poro Energy.
- A player cannot use more than 2 rerolls (including free and extra) per game
- That means: If the player entered the lobby with 2 free rerolls, he cannot purchase more for that game.
- Extra purchases of rerolls are limited to 3 per day.
- The first reroll you will purchase will cost 50 Poro Energy, the second 100 Poro Energy, and the third 200 Poro Energy.
- You cannot store-up extra rerolls.
- Extra rerolls are just the same as free rerolls: rerolled champions are still pickable by allies.
The complete patch notes can be viewed HERE.
The International 2022: Southeast Asia Qualifier Starts September 13
The International 2022: SEA Qualifiers happens on September 13-17, 2022. The champion will head to The International while the 2nd and 3rd placers will head to the Last Chance Qualifiers.
Filipinos are known to be hardcore Dota 2 fans and were once called ‘the best fans in the world.’ With The International just around the corner, Filipinos anticipate the The International 2022: Southeast Asia (SEA) qualifier to find out who will take the last slots for the coveted tournament.
The eligible participants of the The International 2022: Southeast Asia Qualifier are all the teams that participated in the third tour of the current DPC season who did not qualify to The International 2022. This is also provided that they did not replace more than two players from their third tour roster. The teams are seeded based on their total DPC points after the final tour.
The following teams are part of the The International 2022: SEA Qualifier:
- Talon Esports (DPC Points: 300)
- T1 (DPC Points: 272)
- RSG (DPC Points: 100)
- Polaris Esports (DPC Points: 57)
- Nigma Galaxy SEA (DPC Points: 28)
- Neon Esports (DPC Points: 5)
- Execration (SEA Division II 1st Seed)
- Lilgun (SEA Division II 2nd Seed)
- Army Geniuses (SEA Division II 3rd Seed)
- Summit Gaming (SEA Division II 4th Seed)
- Atlantis (SEA Division II 5th Seed)
- XERXIA (SEA Division II 6th Seed)
- TNC Predator (SEA Division II 7th Seed
* Team SMG was disqualified from The International 2022: SEA Qualifier
The tournament is played with a double-elimination bracket. Talon Esports, Lilgun, Nigma Galaxy SEA, Polaris Esports, RSG, Neon Esports, Execration, and T1 are seeded in the upper bracket while Army Geniuses, XERXIA, TNC Predator, Atlantis, and Summit Gaming are in the lower bracket. All upper bracket and lower bracket games are played with a best-of-three match except for the lower bracket round 1 match between XERXIA and TNC Predator which will be a best-of-one game. The grand finals will be a best-of-five series.
The champion will proceed to The International 2022 as the regional qualified team from Southeast Asia where they will join the current qualified teams: PSG.LGD, OG, Team Spirit, beastcoast, Team Aster, Thunder Awaken, BOOM Esports, TSM, Tundra Esports, Gaimin Gladiators, Evil Geniuses, Fnatic, Soniqs, Hokori, BetBoom Team, and Royal Never Give Up.
The 2nd and 3rd place will head to The International 2022 Last Chance Qualifier. They will join the 2nd and 3rd place from each regional qualifier. Two teams will qualify for The International 2022 from the Last Chance Qualifier.
The tournament will run from September 13-17, 2022. The official Filipino broadcast will be taken care of by LuponWXC (KuyaNic)’s Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook pages. Globe at Home is the official telco partner of the Filipino broadcast of The International.
Dota 2 fans can still buy the battle pass through Globe Gamer Grounds’ Ember Points and redeem steam wallet codes. Players can just join different Globe Gamer Grounds tournaments and register in the platform and the official Discord community channel.
Game Titles Announced for the 2023 SEA Games Esports Event in Cambodia
Esports is once again included in the upcoming 32nd Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Cambodia next year. The list of the official game titles were posted last September 7 in the Facebook page of E-Sports Federation Cambodia.
The game titles for the esports events are as follows:
- PUBG Mobile
- League of Legends: Wild Rift
- Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
- Cross Fire
There will be a men & women’s division for League of Legends: Wild Rift, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. In the last 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, it was only League of Legends: Wild Rift that had a women’s division. AK2 and PUBG Mobile will have individual and team events.
The previous SEA Games already saw the likes of PUBG Mobile, Wild Rift, MLBB, and Cross Fire while AK2 will be making its debut in the 32nd SEA Games. Only MLBB has been in all SEA Games which hosted esports events.
Esports was first introduced in the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines where the featured game titles were Dota 2 (PC), Starcraft II (PC), Hearthstone (PC), Tekken 7 (Console), Arena of Valor (Mobile), and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (Mobile). The Philippines bagged the gold medals for Dota 2, MLBB, and Starcraft II and bagged silver and bronze medals in Tekken 7. In the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam, the Philippines bagged the gold medals for MLBB with Blacklist International and League of Legends: Wild Rift (Women’s division) with Grindsky Eris.
The 2023 SEA Games will be on May 5 to 16 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.