Wilmer “Ming” Magno hopes to get another shot at fellow Filipino gamer and reigning Asian champion Aminolah “Rial” Polong Jr. when the qualifying events for the NBA 2K17 Asia Tournament tips off next month.
Polong, Jr. used the Oklahoma Thunder to beat Magno’s Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals, 51-40, and the two are expected to duke it out anew.
Magno, who owns a PS4 Cafe in Makati, has been diligently practicing five hours a day in preparation for a possible return in the Asian tournament.
“Yung ginagawa ko sa five hours, ‘yung mga customer, free na sila para makalaban ko,” said Magno who was in attendance along with Polong, Jr. when the NBA 2K17 was officially launched in the Philippines on Friday at the NBA Cafe Manila.
Magno dded that it’s more challenging to play against real players than just the computer, whose defense have been already pre-set.
The qualifiers will be on October 15 and 16 at the SM Southmall in Las Pinas while the final qualifier is set on October 29 at the E-Sports and Gaming Summit in SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The top four players in each of the three qualifying legs will play in the semifinal and final qualifiers on October 30 also at the SMX Convention Center. The finalists will be part of the Philippine team that will compete in the Asian Tournament this year in Taipei.
The latest edition of the NBA console game has been hyped as approximating the authentic experience in real game with 11 commentators and different crowd noise depending on which homecourt you choose to play as the makers sent crew in each arena during its development. Another fan-favorite would be the MyCAREER mode which features Michael B. Jordan’s storyline. – By Alder Almo