The Philippine CS:GO scene is a disjointed landscape of teams, players, managers and tournaments all trying to make ends meet in 2019.
In order to keep everyone updated about the state of the scene, there are the two teams that went deep into the ESL Cologne Asia Qualifier #2, which is the latest to boot:
They reached the final eight of the qualifier (losing to Japan’s Absolute in Round 5), while beating AOES, D13 Esports and Team SHIFT along the way.
While they haven’t announced yet their new roster, Jayvee “dubstep” Paguirigan has been spotted playing under the ArkAngel tag, along with Johnty “JA” Arone, Kevin “dispenser” Te, Karlo James “KARLclt” Ocampo and James Carter “Retrac” Ang.
An official announcement is yet to be made, but judging from their performance against various Asian teams, it seems that ArkAngel is here to stay.
Arguably the country’s number one CS:GO team (and the only Filipino team to be in the Asian top 10 at the moment), TNC Pro Team has made headlines earlier in the year for breaking out of the group stages of the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) earlier in the year.
Beating Obsession Gaming, NIRVANA and Vietnam’s Revolution before succumbing to IPETGaming, TNC Pro Team went deep into the qualifier.
With a lineup consisting of Jim “BORKUM” Timbreza, Chris “ChrisPro” Martir, Riley “witz” Go, Deko “papichulo” Evangelista and Kenny “kenzyy” Cruz, they might just be able to reach their dreams of being a top five Asian team this year.
These two teams have arguably graced headlines back in 2018 for their stellar performances. Will they be able to do it again this year?
Only time will tell.