The Nationals, the Philippines’ biggest esports tournament, has allowed quite a variety of talents to show the nation what they do best. From the different players to the VJs, correspondents, and casters, each has shown their passion and love for esports and their respective craft.
With the first Conference of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) underway, Manjean “Manjean” Faldas is one of the casters that will be lending his voice to give color to an already exciting game. Manjean can be considered one of the veteran casters having experience casting other Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) titles, Dota 2 and League of Legends.
His first dip into MLBB casting was for the first qualifiers for the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League – Philippines and has continued casting for the game since.
“It’s something new. The game is lighter. I mean, sa Mobile Legends, ilang minute palang may nag babakbakan na so para sa akin it’s lighter and more exciting to cast.”
[It’s something new. The game is lighter. In Mobile Legends, you get action in just a few minutes of the game and that’s what makes it lighter for me and exciting to cast.]
Manjean looked to the legends of Philippine casting as one of his inspirations to getting into casting. The days of Lon and Tryke casting in Mineski shops with the help of a megaphone.
“Back then sa Mineski Infinity, napanood ko si Lon and Tryke kasi naglalaro ako sa Mineski nun. Nakita ko may hawak na megaphone si Tryke tapos kasama niya si Lon. Ever since then, nananood na ako. Dun ko na nalaman na may international scene pala, may esports, may international casters. Pero sila Lon and Tryke naunang mag influence para sa akin.”
[Back then, in Mineski Infinity, I watched Lon and Tryke casting with a megaphone in the shop. I remember because I was playing. Ever since then, I kept watching them. Only later did I find out about the international scene, esports, and international caster. But it’s still Lon and Tryke are the influences for me.]
He brings in a mix of himself and his experience in improvisation when casting. This mix gives his casting style a bit of a more conversational tune. He also uses the “yes, and” rule which comes from his training and experience in improvisation. The “yes, and” rule not only allows him to add more to the conversation but also helps maintain the flow of the cast.
“For me, casting is a form of improvisation. In improvisation, there’s a “yes, and” rule. First you need to say yes to your partner and then you add something else to the conversation. So I try to use this when casting and for me, it helps keep the flow when casting. I think the mix of the “yes, and” rule and my personality is what makes my casting style, myself.”
For Manjean, doing the research is only half the battle when it comes to preparing for a cast. The other half is resting and enjoy the day before a cast in order to be fresh for the day itself. ‘Starting fresh’ includes getting enough sleep, working out, and eating a hearty meal (which may or may not include milk tea after).
This fresh start helps for those unexpected moments that research didn’t quite cover.
“Magresearch ka at magprepare pero you need to start fresh kasi hindi lahat nang rinesearch mo, masasabi mo. Pag may mga biglang nangyari, dun na may advantage pag fresh ka at dun ko na rin nagagamit yung “Yes, and”.”
[Do your research and prepare but you also need to start fresh. Not everything you research can be said when casting. If something unexpected happens, that’s when the advantage of being fresh kicks in. Those are the moments where I use the “Yes, and” rule.]
On The Nationals, Manjean sees it is a stepping stone in starting in esports, for players, casters, and other talents alike. It’s an opportunity that he believes shouldn’t be squandered.
“Stepping stone siya [The Nationals] sa ibang careers within esports. Kasi tatanggapin na natin as a sport yung esports, ibig sabihin kailangan galingan para makasali at wag baliwalain.”
[The Nationals is a stepping stone for other careers within esports. I mean, we’re already accepting esports as a sport which means everyone has to do their best and shouldn’t be taken for granted.]
Catch Manjean and the rest of the Mobile Legends casters and courtside reporters at The Nationals, the biggest esports tournament in the Philippines.
Catch the action on 5 Plus, the home of esports on free TV every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. You can also watch the livestream via the 5Plus website, and on OneSports via CignalTV for paid TV.
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