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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Why Don't We Have A Department of Housing?

The Philippine Government have several Executive Department that addresses the basic need of a human being -- like health, food and education. I've always wondered why there is no Department of Housing since shelter is also a basic human need.

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Image taken from Inquirer.net

I wonder what lawmakers are thinking when they create a certain government agency. What makes them decide that it should be a department, a bureau or commission. Sure there's the National Housing Authority but why is it not in the same level as the Department of Health? In this time where a department for OFWs and a department for risk reduction are being drafted by no other than the president, why not also create a Department of Housing?

We have a Department of Energy, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of National Defense, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Finance, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), DOST etc. Isn't it logical, being a basic human need, to have a Department of Housing as well?

Informal settler and the lack of decent housing for the poor, as being highlighted by the group Kadamay. I actually support their stand that the government has a duty to provide free housing for them since they're the most neglected sector of society. I believe that the National Housing Authority and Pag-IBIG are a failure to their mandate to provide decent housing for Filipinos. It's very hard and expensive to have decent housing in the Philippines. The requirements alone are very hard to meet even for a minimum wage earner. How much more are the indigent members of society that are recipients of the government's 4Ps program.

In the case of Squareville Home Owner's Association (SHOA) in Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City, it took years to finally have an agreement with the owner of the land to sell his property to the informal settlers that's been living in his property for more than 20 years. SHOA is composed of some 150+ families, each having an average lot size of 24 square meters (6 m x 4m) and it cost about 75,000 for the lot alone. For a Pag-IBIG member that has an HDMF contribution of P100/month, it would probably take 25 years to pay for a housing loan. That is if he pass all the requirements of a housing loan.

There is also the case of the informal settlers in San Juan City that were transferred to San Lorenzo Ruiz, Taytay. There were originally 4-5 BLISS housing in the area when then moved there over 20 years ago, but recently, there are only 2-3 remaining building in dilapidated condition. I have no idea what happened to the other residents of the BLISS housing that were demolished already. There are no plans of building new housing units for those that are displaced, again.

I don't know exactly how can the elevation of the National Housing Authority to a Department of Housing would benefit those in dire need of shelter. I do know however, that creating a Department of Housing, along with the creation of Department of Risk Reduction and Management and Department of OFWs, will give the impression that these are among the basic needs that needs more funding and attention. I hope Congress and the Executive Department will consider creating the Department of Housing and improving the housing needs of Filipinos.

[Update] The closest article on having a Department of Housing appeared here. I will closely monitor House Bill No. 6775 and hopefully it will be a law as soon as possible.

Ragnarok PH to Release 2-2 Transcendent Classes on Sept 27, 2018

Ragnarok Online Philippines (ROPH) is set to release the 2-2 Transcendent Classes on September 27, 2018. Transcendent Classes (2-2) includes Paladin, Scholar, Minstrel/Gypsy, Biochemist, Stalker and Champion. These are the next job classes to the 2-2 Jobs Crusader, Sage, Bard/Dancer, Alchemist, Rogue and Monk respectively.

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It’s been a over a year since Ragnarok Online was re-published in the Philippines under Thailand-based company Electronics Extreme. During that period, I’ve seen the servers increased and then decreased. Right now there’s only 1 server named Valkyrie and the average online players during weekends is roughly 2,600-3,5000 (bots included).

I actually have a level 82 priest and a level 54 swordie in this server that I seldom play. I’m actually waiting for the release of the Extended Classes – Soul Linkers, Star Gladiators, Ninja and Gunslinger. That would probably take a few more months. I’m keeping an eye on the release date of the Extended Classes. For now, the long wait is over for those Monks, Dancers, Sages and other 2-2 job classes who’s been at level 99 for so long. Their time has come to transcend.

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My swordie at level 56 leveling at Orc Village in ROPH.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

“Ragnarok M: Eternal Love” Pre-Registration Website is Up

With so many reincarnation of Ragnarok Online, mobile version, I lost count on how many Android apps I’ve downloaded. This latest one, Ragnarok M: Eternal Love seems to be the closest version of the popular MMORPG PC Game “Ragnarok Online”. The pre-registration of its South East Asia (SEA) server is up and I just completed registration by entering my mobile phone number. Hopefully it will be launched very soon.

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I wonder though if Dominguez Marketing will handle the publicity of this game here in the Philippines. I hope they’ll have an official press conference of this game soon. Their Facebook page is up as well as their YouTube channel.

Take a look at this video of this mobile version.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Ogre Magi -- My Favorite DotA 2 Hero

There's a feature if you're a subscriber of DotA Plus, the premiere subscription service of DotA 2, that you could level youre character up to level 25 (same level in-game). Level 25 is called a Master Tier and before you could reach that, you'll pass Silver Tier, Gold and Platinum Tiers. My Ogre Magi is at level 19 now and my DotA Plus subscription started in March 14, 2018. Almost 6 months after, I still haven't reached the Master Tier. I may have to renew my DotA Plus subscription for another 6 months.

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I love playing Ogre Magi because he's a great support character -- he has Fireblast (Stun), Slow and Bloodlust (additional attack speed). He's also a durable character for a support. Ever since I started playing the old DotA 1 (the World of War Craft III spin-off map), I've been an Ogre Magi fan. I actually started playing a support character in another game, Ragnarok Online. I always have a Priest character in any server I play, whether locally or in the international server.

Going back to Ogre Magi, I can say he's an easy character to play since his Ultimate Skill (or Special Skill) is Passive -- meaning, you don't have to click on it. It's a chance-based skill that will let you hit Fireblast of up to 4 times. It's nice to get lucky and see your enemy die of multiple fireblasts. Sometimes, they can escape and run... but will eventually die of Slow. It's also nice to see your Allies run faster (to escape or to run after the enemy) due to Bloodlust.

However, I really got disappointed when I started watching the professional league a.k.a. The International. Ogre Magi is not really a favorite pick at tournaments. TI8's most picked support hero is Vengeful Spirit. Other favorite support heroes are Rubick, Enchantress, Bane, Oracle (a complexity 3 hero) etc. I think I start mastering other support heroes if I really wanted to level-up my game play -- the next level play a.k.a. Lakad Matatag.

DotA Plus also comes with the Relics features -- gems that monitors every thing a hero does. For Ogre Magi, it monitors the number of kills, the amount of damage your ally creates under the influence of Bloodlust, Fireblast and Slow leading to kills, Mana restored, Dominating streaks, Wards Place, etc. It's nice to see the picture of Ogre Magi appear on the right side of the screen with an achievement in the Relics featur. Each hero has a different set of Relics and for Ogre Magi, the Relics being monitored are his support skills.

Who's your favorite DotA 2 hero?

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

DotA 2: The Kuala Lumpur Major

I have to admit... I got hooked to the story of the DotA 2 professional team OG ever since they won The International (TI) 8. I watched almost all the YouTube videos featuring their story and their success at previous DotA 2 tournaments like the Frankfurt Major. I became a fan of OG's N0tail, ana, Topson, Ceb and JerAx and remains a follower of other teams like the Evil Geniuses, Virtus Pro, etc. Now I'm excited for the upcoming Kuala Lumpur Major for the South East Asia (SEA) server of DotA 2 on November 16-18, 2018.

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Too bad I'm not yet a fan of popular professional DotA 2 teams when the Manila Major was held at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena a few years back. Last year, when news of a huge DotA 2 tournament to be held at the Philippine Arena, I plan on watching it -- until the controversy with the government's anti-drugs campaign affecting the popular, professional DotA 2 teams' participation. It could have been an eye-opener for Filipinos playing the game that everyone can be a professional eSports player, as long as your heart and dedication is into it. Plus, it pays well, based on the interviews.

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Moving forward, I'll watch The Kuala Lumpur Major as well as other Major tournaments organized by the game developer Valve. There are more DotA 2 tournaments being held all around the world but The International is the biggest when it comes to prize pool. It reached $25 million last TI8 and we're expecting it to be more for TI9 to be held in Shanghai, China in 2019.

I'm not sure if there will be Predictions in-game when Major tournaments are held but I'm hoping there is. By being updated on the previous team's performance in other Majors (Kiev, Boston, Manila, etc) I should have higher changes at success at Predictions. My predictions at the last TI8 was a disaster -- only guessing 1 out of 40. Predictions in the last TI8 includes Most Picked Heroes, Most Banned Heroes, Best Carry Player, Best Support Player, etc.

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It was only after the TI8 that I fully understand what the different positions are for -- Position 1 being the Hard Carry and the one expecting to amass the most gold for equipment. The higher the number (Position 5), the less gold and equipment required. Position 5 is the "Full" Support -- the one expecting to have less last hits and purchase wards, smoke of deceit, dust of appearance, etc. I should watch more matches featuring the God of Support, JerAx (of OG) since I am playing Ogre Magi most of the time.

For the Kuala Lumpur Major, I'm expecting Grimstroke (the latest hero) to be picked during the matches. It will probably his debut -- and we'll certainly see the effects of his skills. That includes his bind skill -- where one hero binded to another hero, will receive a similar damage. That will be a disaster to two heroes binded by Grimstroke and hit by the ultimates of either Lina, Necrophos, Lion, etc. Another hero, Mars, is scheduled to be released by Winter but it will probably be after the Kuala Lumpur Major. Autumn theme was just recently released (for DotA Plus subscribers) and the Winter theme will probably be released in December or January.

Who's eager to watch the upcoming Kuala Lumpur Major?

Friday, August 24, 2018

New DotA 2 Hero: Grimstroke

There’s a new DotA2 Hero! It was revealed today during the update. His name is Grimstroke and he reminds me of Monkey King. Will do some Hero Demo in a few minutes.

This is in time for the conclusion of this years The International TI8 Finals in Vancouver, Canada. I’m still hoping Evil Geniuses will win.

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1st Skill: Stroke of Fate

Ability: Point Target

Damage Type: Magical

Pierces Spell Immunity: No

Grimstroke paints a patch of ink with his brush, damaging and slowing enemies. The damage is increased with each enemy the ink hits.


2nd Skill: Phamtom’s Embrace

Ability: Unit Target

Affects: Enemy Units

Damage Type: Magical

Pierces Spell Immunity: No

Dispellable: Cannot be dispelled

Summons a phantom that moves quickly towards the target, latching to it when she arrives. Once latched, the phantom damages and silences. If she survives the full latch duration she rends her victim for heavy damage and refreshes Phantom’s Embrace’s cooldown.


3rd Skill: Ink Swell

Ability: Unit Target

Affects: Allied Units

Damage Type: Magical

Grimstroke shrouds an allied unit in ink, increasing its movement speed while silencing it and making it immune to attacks. Enemies in range of the allied unit are damaged with inky tendrills over time. After 3 seconds it triggers, applying damage and stun in an area around the unit in proportion to how much ink tendrill damage was inflicted across the duration.


Ultimate (SS): Soulbind

Ability: Unit Target

Affects: Enemy Heroes

Damage Type: Magical

Pierces Spell Immunity: Yes

Dispellable: Cannot be dispelled

Binds a targeted enemy hero to its nearest allied hero within the bind radius, preventing both from moving away from each other. Any unit-targeted spell that either bound hero receives also gets cast on the other hero. If the bind is broken before the duration expires, the initial target will be bound to its nearest allied hero in the radius.


Skill Tree

Level 10 -- +90 Gold/Min or +30 Movement Speed

Level 15 -- +125 Cast Range or +12% Spell Amplification

Level 20 -- +2 Hits to Kill Phantom or +600 Stroke of Fate Cast Range

Level 25 -- +50% Stroke of Fate Damage or +200 Ink Swell Radius


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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Will Evil Geniuses Be The International 2018 TI8 Champion?

I am hoping so. I am rooting for Evil Geniuses to be the Champion of this year’s DotA 2 The International TI8.

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I can't believe that The International (TI) tournament of DotA 2 has been around since 2013. I guess "I'd rather play the game than watch the tournament" was my motto the past few days. This changed last year when I returned to playing DotA 2. Team Liquid was the champion of TI7 last year and I've been a Twitter follower of their account since. This year, I'm hoping that Evil Geniuses would be the TI8 champion. I've seen some of their games and I'm amazed at their team work.

Both Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses are in the upper bracket of the on-going TI8 tournament, which will culminate on Friday August 24, 2018. It's currently being held in Vancouver, Canada and you can watch the live games via the game client itself or Twitch. There are some Pinoy players in the other teams competing like TNC Predators and Mineski but both teams got eliminated early. They would still get a hefty amount as consolation prize from the current total prize pool of more than $24.8 million. This year, Valve (the maker of DotA 2) is aiming for a $30M total prize pool which is almost $6M more than the $24.78M total prize pool last year (TI7).

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Being a 2018 Battle Pass and DotA Plus subscriber (premium service) I have access to several predictions "contest" during this year's TI8. Some of the awards that subscribers and DotA 2 enthusiasts are asked to predict are the champion for TI8 (I selected Evil Geniuses), the MVP (I selected Miracle of Team Liquid), the highest Golds-Per-Minute (GPM), the most banned hero (I selected Phantom Assasin), etc. There are A LOT of awards being predicted due to DotA 2's several statistics (stats) available. In fact, if you watch the matches during TI8, the broadcasters (casters) will include their analysis of the team including the GPM, Kills, etc.

There's also an option to create a Fantasy Team in the Compendum, which is to predict and to collect the cards of all TI8 players. Each card contains the picture of the player, in-game name, the stats (farmer, support, killer), the lane position (safe lane, offlane), the team they represent (like Virtus.Pro, Newbee, etc). I've collected all the player cards except two players from Pain Gaming. There are emerald (green) version of the cards and Gold version. I don't know the difference between Emerald and Gold or what the amount is used for, but so far, I have $1,000+ in the Fantasy Team tab.

Emerald (green) is the color for The International (TI) 8 and it's used extensively in the new avatars/skins and items released during this season. There are Treasures I, II and III containing different items for the Heroes in-game and Treasure III are more valuable. I probably got 12 Treasure I, 12 Treasure II, and 6 Treasure III items at my current Battle Pass level 278 but I haven't got an Ultra Rare (and even Cosmically Rare) item yet. To reach 278, I have to shell out P500 for the initial Battle Pass ticket, another P1,300 for a sale of levels and finally, another P500 for additional levels. Out of 278 levels, I probably just level-up (through grinding or playing the matches) around 38 levels only. I have a lot of losing streaks.

Aside from hoping Evil Geniuses to win this year's TI8, I'm also hoping that they'll use my favorite character of all time -- Ogre Magi. There are very few videos from recent TI matches that used Ogre Magi (support) and it will be awesome to see him in the coming matches. Ogre Magi is not a popular pick for a line-up in a match this huge. So far I've seen a lot of Weaver, Wraigth King, Dark Willow, Vengeful Spirit, Tiny, Invoker, Storm Spirit, etc.

Who are you rooting for to be this year's TI8 Champion?

[Update]

So Evil Geniuses (North America) didn't win the TI8 Championship. It was the European team OG who took home the Aegis of Immortality trophy. I watched the finals game and OG did a comeback on their 5th and final game. The 2nd Place winner, PSG.LGD (China) were also a great team. Evil Geniuses (EG) ends up being 3rd Place while last year's TI7 Champion, Team

Liquid, finished 4th Place. After the match, I've began to watch videos explaining the history of each and every participant of TI8.

I don't know why I'm not into watching The International (TI) DotA 2 tournaments before, but now, I'm looking forward to watching #TI9 next year as well as the other Major matches. The gameplay at The International is really beyond what we normally experience. TI matches were always coordinated and a team effort. It's not all about killing but really aiming for destroying the Ancient -- winning the match. I realized how toxic it is at the South East Asia (SEA) Region where I'm playing. That's the reason why we're called Peenoise (Pinoys) -- we have a lot of cancer/toxic gamers and we're very "noisy" in-game aka trashtalker.

DotA 2 is really a cooperative game and there are really roles that each player is assigned to -- normally 2 carry, 2 supports and 1 offlane. In my experience at the SEA Region, everyone wants to be carry and to kill, kill and kill competitors. Most of my games at SEA are muted because the players are mostly noisy, trash talker and doesn't know how to use a mic (it's mostly ON all the time and you could hear even the breathing of the player). In the matches of the TI8 teams, the supports would really protect their carry at all times even taking the death blow just to make sure that their carry will be unstoppable at late game.

Watching the pro players play the game, made me realized how far they are in mastering the game (very far) and how fast they play with all the potions and scrolls they purchase. They are very good at planning/strategy during the drafting (selection of heroes) to be able to come out with heroes that best compliments each other. Aside from mastering a lot of heroes, these pro DotA 2 players already have "signature heroes" -- DotA 2 heroes that is played (very well) buy the pro players that they became the faces of these heroes.

Congratulations again to OG for winning TI8 and looking forward to seeing them again next year for The International TI9 DotA2 Championship.

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