During the podcast, the V33Wise duo shared their thoughts on the statement made by the shoutcasters with Wise saying that during the grand finals “both teams have Filipino players while some teams who did not reach Grand Finals have no Filipino imports.”
OhMyV33NUS also shared that stats alone won’t be enough as evidence as Filipino players are not a huge factor for ID teams’ resurgence.
“They did show some stats of their players to prove that Indo is not being carried by Filipinos but that part is a bit awkward for me. Because you don’t have to defend yourself like ‘here are the stats to prove that we’re not carried by a Filipino’,” she explained.
OhMyV33NUS added that “even if you show some stats, it doesn’t matter because you have Filipino players. It could be possible that Indo players got those stats because they are being carried by Filipino players, right?”
According to her, the only way that Indonesian teams can prove themselves is to compete in international tournaments without Filipino imports.
“For me, the best way and the only way to prove they are not being carried by Filipinos is to be a champion in international tournaments without Filipinos,” said OhMyV33NUS.
“No matter what they say or show some statistics and analytics or whatever, as long as there is at least one Filipino on the team and there’s even a coach, it means nothing, it’s disregarded,” she added.
Wise echoed OhMyV33NUS’ statement, saying that ID teams may not have the opportunity to prove themselves this year as two of their representatives for the M5 World Championship have Filipino imports.
“The case is, Indo, you can’t prove it because both teams [in M5] have Filipino,” he said.
ONIC Esports, the crowned champion of MPL ID Season 12, has Filipino imports Kairi “Kairi” Rayosdelsol as its Jungler and Paul “Yeb” Miranda as the coach. The runner-up team, Geek Fam ID, has Allen “Baloyskie” Baloy as its Roamer and Mark “Markyyyyy” Capacio as the Gold Laner.
“To be honest, the reason why teams with Filipino imports have improved so much is because they were able to adapt to the culture of a winning PH team, right?” said OhMyV33NUS.