We all know how popular the online game Clash of Clans has grown. We all have that one friend who spends most of his time playing CoC, but we never thought it’d grow this big! The Philippine Clash 2015, the country’s biggest Clash of Clans (CoC) tournament mounted by Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), got off to a phenomenal start with a record number of competing teams in its Metro Manila leg, all vying for the largest prize pool in a local gaming competition worth over P2.3 million.
Smart launched the nationwide competition as part of its thrust to turn every phone into an entertainment powerhouse through innovative products and services that allow subscribers to access and enjoy all the mobile games, videos and music they want on-the-go.
A total of 28 clans – with five members each – gathered for the first leg of the tournament held at SM Light Mall in Mandaluyong City, marking the most number of teams to battle it out ever in a live CoC tournament in the Philippines.
Mad race for trophies
Drawing from nearly two years’ worth of experience, veteran team Pinoy Playhouse led by clan leader Nathan Simbulan emerged at the top of a mad race for trophies. Grabbing the second spot is Filipinos 24/7 led by Koji Espina – a great finish considering it was the group’s first time to join a live gaming competition.
Pinoy Playhouse bagged the top prize in the Metro Manila leg of Philippine Clash 2015, the country’s biggest Clash of Clans (CoC) tournament mounted by Smart in partnership with Philippine eSports Organization and the Philippine Clash of Clans Battleground, the largest community of competitive CoC gamers. The winning clan is composed of (second from left): Davin Tapang, Nathan Simbulan (Clan Leader), Mark Alvynn Raymundo, Rene de Guzman and Francis Dave Jadulco.
Pinoy Playhouse and Filipinos 24/7 were awarded P25,000 and P10,000 in cash prizes, respectively, and will automatically represent Metro Manila in the Philippine Clash 2015 Grand Finals set on Sept. 26 at SM Mall of Asia.
“Our experience competing together was definitely our main advantage. We are a team who bonded over CoC, and we grew confidence in each other since we started our group way back in October 2013,” said Pinoy Playhouse’s Simbulan, noting that the clan has joined around 20 friendly and competitive matches prior to the competition. In fact, the same team bagged last May the championship for Summer Clash, the first live CoC tournament in the country, also backed by Smart.
Far from a walk in the park
Despite their experience, Simbulan said topping the Metro Manila leg was far from a walk in the park. “The competition gathered the most number of teams we have ever competed in. Moreover, all participants are required at least a Town Hall Level 9 Village to enter, so we were all equally strong and strategic players. It’s highly competitive and we are pumped up just to make it to the finals.”
Filipinos 24/7 earns a spot in the grand finals after finishing second in the Metro Manila leg of Smart’s Philippine Clash 2015. The team is composed of (third from left) Steaven Crenz Fulcher, Koji Espina (Clan Leader), Jayvee Jimenez, Mark Joel Padilla, and Franklin dela Cruz.
Filipinos 24/7 was just as stoked to advance to the finals. “We strategized for speed. We had little time to prepare but we made it a point to join because we wanted to see how we would measure up against the country’s best clans. Thankfully, it all paid off,” said Espina, who even took a leave from his bartending job in Japan to make it to the competition.
Cosplay contest, games, raffle
Aside from the tournament, the event drew hundreds of CoC fans and enthusiasts for a full day of other exciting activities such as a Cosplay contest, tutorials by CoC experts, meet-and-greet sessions with the country’s top clans, as well as games and raffle of gaming gadgets.
The Philippine Clash 2015 also features other exciting activities for CoC fans, such as a Cosplay competition, CoC tutorials by experts, games and raffles.
“We are overwhelmed with the response and support from CoC communities and fans all over the country, and we call on the clans to join the upcoming legs as we search for the top CoC team in the Philippines,” said Mellissa Limcaoco, head of Smart’s Innovation and Product Development Group.
Southern Luzon leg at SM Lipa on August 8
The upcoming qualifying legs are scheduled on Aug. 8 at SM Lipa; Aug. 23 at SM City Cebu; Sept. 5 at SM Lanang Premier in Davao and Sept. 18 at SM Baguio.
Interested clans may sign up at www.smart.com.ph/pages/PhilippineClash2015. Verified clans will compete in a Royal Rumble format, and the top two clans with the most number of trophies gained after six hours of battling it out will advance to the finals.
A total of 28 clans – of five members per clan – from all over Metro Manila flocked to the first leg of Smart’s Philippine Clash 2015 at SM Light Mall in Mandaluyong City, setting the record for the most number of clans to compete in a live CoC tournament in the country.
Supercell, Chief Pat, Galadon
The Philippine Clash 2015 Grand Champion will take home a grand prize of P500,000 in cash. On top of this, each member of the winning team shall receive a brand new Samsung Galaxy S6 phone and Smart Bro Pocket WiFi.
The grand finals shall also feature a grand CoC Cosplay competition, which offers P70,000 cash prize to the winner in the Grand Finals – also the biggest prize awarded in a local Cosplay contest.
Smart has also invited representatives of Supercell – the Finland-based game developer of CoC – as well as popular CoC YouTube personalities Chief Pat and Galadon to grace the grand finals.
Big Bytes 50
The top mobile game in the country today, CoC is one the many mobile games which Smart Prepaid, Postpaid and Smart Bro subscribers may enjoy using Big Bytes 50, a full-packed mobile data offer that comes with 300MB worth of access to mobile games and other online apps, as well as free 100MB worth of access to YouTube, Spinnr or SkypeQik – all valid for three days for just P50.
As the country’s leading mobile network, Smart has also introduced Direct Carrier Billing on Google Play, allowing Filipino CoC players nationwide to buy gems conveniently using their prepaid load or charge their purchases to their postpaid account.
For the full mechanics of the competition and details of the Philippine Clash, visit www.smart.com.ph/pages/PhilippineClash2015 and follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications) and Twitter (@SMARTCares) for updates.