Team Kangkong tops intercollegiate Dota 2 tournament

by Cyreel Zarate

After months of training and preparation, efforts finally paid off for e-sports team Kangkong as they bagged the championship in the first-ever Impetus intercollegiate Dota 2 tournament, sweeping Ateneo de Manila University’s Saltstack in a two-day best-of-five finals series last June 24 to 25.

Team Kangkong wins over Ateneo’s Saltstack in the first game. Photo courtesy of Armortibe Esports.

“We did not really expect to beat the teams from other schools,” said Information Technology (IT) junior and support player Ivan Wenceslao.

He added “nung nag-online group stages, things seemed to get easy when we were sweeping everything. ‘Dun namin nalaman na kaya pala namin mag-champion, and we tried our best to do.”

The team also includes fellow IT junior and offlaner Jose Alberto, Biology junior and carry Mike de los Santos, and Computer Science seniors Eugene Cabangon and Charles Balagot, midlaner and support player, respectively.

Kangkong finished the tournament with a straight 9–0 streak.

Team Kangkong (from left to right): Balagot, de los Santos, Cabangon, Alberto and Wenceslao. Photo from Impetus 2017’s Facebook page.

Impetus 2017 was held at the TNC High Grounds Café, Tomas Morato and was organized by the University of the Philippine Gaming Guild (UPGG), with each of the eight University Athletic Association of the Philippines schools participating in the intercollegiate tournament.

Each e-sports representatives from the deciding main-event tournament were determined based from qualifying tournaments held by UPGG from March to May.

However, only UST’ Kangkong, Ateneo’s Saltstack, UP Diliman’s Impetoinks and De La Salle Univerity’s The Fellowship faced-off in the two-day final battle.

Dota 2 is a strategic multiplayer online battle arena video game developed by Valve Corporation as a standalone sequel to Defense of the Ancients or DotA, a fanmade modification for Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft III: The Reign of Chaos and its subsequent expansion pack, The Frozen Throne.

Released in 2013, Dota 2 has proven to be popular among casual and professional gamers alike.