Philippine NBA 2K champ ready to take on the Dubs challenge

Paul Lintag on Sep 25, 2016 08:20 PM
Philippine NBA 2K champ ready to take on the Dubs challenge
Wilmer Magno, the Philippine NBA 2K champ, is ready for the Golden State Warriors in the brand new NBA 2K17.

Just like everyody else in the real NBA, the defending NBA 2K national champion is reveling at the challenge posed by the Golden State Warriors.

That's because in real life and in the digital world of NBA 2K17, the Dubs look like like they are nearly impossible to beat (they're actually nearly impossible to beat in 2K17).

"Ayaw ko kasi yung GS [Golden State] eh masyadong malakas na," Wilmer Magno, the reigning NBA 2K Philippine champion and Asian first-runner up, said at the game's official launch Friday at the NBA Cafe.

"Sa nakikita ko kasi sa 2K17, mas malakas yung GS, so ginagawa ko paano siya talunin. Mas maganda i-challenge yung GS, malakas na eh," he added.

Aside from trying to figure out of to shut down the digital version of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and the rest of the Warriors, the 26-year-old Magno is also busy burying himself to the game in hopes of defending his Philippine title and hopefully, take the Asian crown this year.

Magno, who is a solid Cleveland fan (even during the time LeBron was busy at South Beach), lost the Asian finals to a fellow Filipino while using the Cavaliers. Ironically, he beat the same person in the Philippine finals.

For the NBA 2K17 tournament, Magno, who owns a shop in Makati, trains five hours a day against a variety of opponents, mostly his customers.

"Iba-ibang tao, so yung mga customer ko nilalabanan ko, binibigyan ko sila ng free game isa-isa," he said. "Mga anim na tao yun, kasi ayoko ng computer kalaban pangit paulit-ulit. Mas maganda pa rin yung tao nakakalaban mo."

Magno is set to defend his Philippine title as the local qualifier of the NBA 2K17 PS4 Asia tournament kicks off next month.

The Philippines will send the champion and runner-up to Taiwan for the Asia Regional Finals early next year.



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