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MGS holds Cardinal Cup 2022: Valorant Tournament

Article by: Lea Ysabel Q. Evangelista and Alexandra Isabelle G. Delavin
Graphics by: Lea Ysabel Q. Evangelista

As part of the Cardinal Cup series, the Mapúa Gaming Society hosted a Valorant tournament with 10 participating teams streamed via Discord and Facebook Live last March 25 and 27.

Armanatics, Team CE151xMEC32, Jino Bunao Conyo, Jump Peekers, MGS Clubs, MGS Spades, Oh Head? Bet (OHD), Power Gamers, Talisman, and Wonderpets participated in the single-elimination round of the two-day tournament. MGS Clubs, Jino Bunao Conyo, Ce151xMec32, and OhHead? Bet (OHD) headed to the semifinals and battled against each other to secure a spot in the finals through a best-of-three match.

On the last day of the Valorant tournament last March 27, MGS Clubs, one of the host organization’s in-house teams, emerged as champions against Team CE151xMEC32 with a 13-5 victory.

Alongside Caañgay, MGS Clubs Players Kurt Staniel Barretto, Ian Gabriel Canlas, Yñigo Erick Arañez, and Michael Eamon Crisostomo claimed an in-game currency worth 3,750 Valorant points. Meanwhile, Team CE151xMEC31 Mark Andrei De Ocampo, Jansen Anthony A. Timbal, Gabriel Joaquin D. Fernando, Mel Lian James Tayson, and Julian Jacob Lazaro received 1,750 Valorant points as second-placers.

MGS Spades and Clubs’ Manager Justin Louis A. Caañgay stated that the team joined the event to gain experience and have fun while playing the game. He then recalled one of the tournament highlights during their match against Team Jino Bunao Conyo. Since they were determined to secure the win and proceed to the finals, the Clubs executed a five-man push that caught their opponent off-guard, giving them the last point that they needed to clinch victory in their first semis match.

With time management as one of the Clubs’ challenges, while preparing for the event, Caañgay shared how to find the right balance between academics and e-sports. “As a student, if you wish to become a player of any game, time management and commitment is [are] a must,” he remarked.

MGS’ in-house teams including the MGS Spades, MGS Clubs, and MGS Ares are the representatives of Mapúa University in AcadArena’s Alliance Games that officially kicked off last April 23 and will last until July 2022.

The Cardinal Cup is the flagship esports tournament of the Mapúa Gaming Society also known as MGS. The tournaments for Call of Duty Mobile and League of Legends 2v2 ARAM: A Cardinal Cup Valentine's Day Special were held last December 2021 and February 2022, respectively.

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