WATCH: Sibol puts spotlight back on StarCraft II

Beatrice Go
WATCH: Sibol puts spotlight back on StarCraft II
Loyal StarCraft players Caviar 'Enderr' Acampado and Justin 'NuksPH' Santos hope to make a splash in their SEA Games debut


MANILA, Philippines – Once the zenith of competitive gaming, StarCraft has taken a backseat to the likes of Dota 2 and other MOBA-style games. But the Philippines’ StarCraft II team hopes to turn some of the spotlight back to the game, looking to dominate the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Both Caviar ‘Enderr’ Acampado and Justin ‘NuksPH’ Santos have been loyal to StarCraft as they relish the high-level difficulty of the game. (READ: ‘StarCraft II’: What you need to know)

“Eighty percent of the community in esports love to play casual games because games are not supposed to be stressful,” said Acampado.

“But in StarCraft, it’s a different thing. I guess in StarCraft, you play to prove something in yourself,” added Santos. 

Though both Zerg players juggle playing StarCraft with their studies, they’re confident that their daily practice helps them prepare for the game’s debut in the regional meet. 

“Currently, we’re practicing everyday as much as we can so when we practice, we not only play, but we also analyze our plays, watch other pro players play to give an idea on how to be a better player,” said Acampado. (READ: ‘StarCraft II’: Pro tips from the Sibol players)

Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia remain as the countries to watch, so Acampado hopes to bank on his back-to-back podium finishes in the World Electronic Sports Games Southeast Asian Qualifier where he won a gold in 2018 and a silver this year. 

Acampado started his love affair with the game at the age of 12 with StarCraft: Broodwar. The country’s top bet competed in various tournaments and scored his breakthrough win in the 2009 Pinoy StarCraft League Season 1.

As soon as StarCraft II launched, Acampado immediately started to join tournaments, winning the 2010 Mineski Pro-Gaming League StarCraft II championship and has since dominated the local scene. – 

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Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.