Team Yawa draws ‘first blood’ in First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities 1st MLBB tourney
Bravening before the tides of the annual United Calabarzon Collegiate League (UCCL), First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities (FAITH) hailed its first Esports varsity team after the recently conducted finals game of Mobile Legends Bang Bang (MLBB) at FAITH Colleges, Tanauan City, last July 27.
Lord Cedric Anton Dy, Alfonso Joaquin Tianzon, Glenn Laurence Hernandez, Guillan Jude Moster, and Ely Roy Bumanglag of Yawa Gaming emerged as league champions and earned them their tickets to represent the Bravehearts to the UCCL esports cup.
Yawa Gaming surpassed Team Mantra in the championship game after a come-from-behind win from 2-1 to 2-3.
Sixth man Jaff Nuguid recalled the deciding game, “We had the advantage after game 4 kase galing sa talong game ang kalaban, ramdam namin ‘yong tensyon nila.”
Bumanglag expressed more plans after the game, saying that their team might join more tournaments that will be held near and will hone skills for more gaming opportunities.
Meanwhile, guest shout casters Yuuko and Rockhart remarked in an interview how esports has now evolved from simple hobby-gaming to real income-generating profession.
“Dati babayad kayo sa PC, magkano oras lang makukuha n’yo. Ngayon ang esports, it fills a stadium like our recently finished Mobile Legends Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup na ginanap sa Araneta Coliseum and it was full,” Rockhart said.
The UCCL in its 13th season will be hosted by FAITH and will open on August 17, at FAITH Indoor Sports Arena and Activity Center (ISAAC).
Photos by Edison Manalo