After three days of competition, Filipino eSports athletes Caviar “EnDerr“ Acampado and Richard “Pompi” Castillo bag 3rd and 4th place finishes at the 7th International eSports Federation World Championships in Seoul, South Korea.
The two Filipino eSports players made deep runs in their chosen fields of StarCraft and Hearthstone. Pompi faced Romanian player Marinescu “Moody” Stefan for the third place in the Hearthstone tournament spot but fell in two games. Their scores was 2-1 in favor of Moody.
The first game saw Pompi take the lead against his opponent. Pompi used his Control Warrior against a Secret Paladin opponent. After grindy match, Pompi took the first game of the series.
Game 2, Pompi once again took an early advantage while playing the Warlock mirror, but an unfortunate Implosion play from Moody put away the Filipino Hearthstone player.
Pompi’s next deck was the Secret Paladin, but that too was dispatched by the Romanian. For his efforts, Pompi finished 4th in a field of 32 players.
In StarCraft 2, EnDerr upset his opponent from Chinese Taipei, Ko “Has” Yu-Feng.
Widely known as the best Philippine StarCraft 2 player of his generation, EnDerr’s aggressive Zerg play style sealed his 3rd place finish after going the full distance, 2-1, against his Protoss opponent.
Has managed to take game 1 after a quick wall-in and effective scouting denied the Filipino Zerg player his opening blitz play. A few quick micro-decisions on the defense force EnDerr to relent his attack and give the match to the player from Taipei.
In game 2, EnDerr quickly took to the offensive, eliminating Has in 10 minutes in game 2 with an overwhelming Queen and Zergling push. In game 3, both players tried unconventional builds to try and bag the victory. Has halted EnDerr’s early attack with a pocket strategy of Phoenixes. The strategy worked as Has wrestled the early game initiative away from the Filipino.
But EnDerr counter-attacked with a combination of Infestors and Queens decimating Has’ army of Phoenixes, Adepts and Zealots. In the end, EnDerr held on to the economic advantage and sent in an army of Ultralisks and Infestors to take the match.