WHILE playing a game of Dota, you may have chanced upon a player randomly planting Leni Robredo flags during matches.
Depending on your political inclinations, you would either support what they're doing, or tap the all caps button to insult their antics.
But for Dota 2’s Leni Guild, the criticisms directed to them do not really matter. For them, it’s an opportunity for them to show that gamers aren’t just the ones sitting idly inside their fictional worlds, but rather individuals with the creative means to spread awareness.
There have been numerous Leni guilds masquerading around the Dota 2 community. One of them is led by their leader called 'Atheist for Leni.' His Leni guild is totally different from the ones seen in social media, but they all have the same activities of using Leni or Kiko-related IGNs while planting flags in front of their opponents.
As told by their guild leader Atheist for Leni (they declined to give their real name) to Spin.ph: “This is the least that I can do. To let people know that supporters come from all walks of life, even in the world of gaming.”
But their message isn’t just shared though a flag, as each member of the guild have different IGNs to further spread awareness.
IGNs like “Carry ni Kiko to!” or “Angat Buhay Program” were used. The latter even trended on Facebook as screenshots of their audacity to plant Leni flags near the opponent’s fountain spread far and wide.
The guild would even plant their flags from the very beginning of a match.
“Mula hero spawn, tanim kaagad to let non-members know who we are. We aim to leave a good impression by playing well, to make them know who we are. One team, one goal!" said Atheist for Leni.
They added: “Minsan din kapag winning games, may na-trigger na BBM supporter."
This Dota 2 player was a former BBM diehard
"Atheist for Leni" wasn't always an atheist for Leni. They admitted that he was a former BBM supporter.
“Dati ding naniwala ako sa fake documentaries about Marcoses,” they recounted.
They added: “One should know each side of the coin ika nga. And more importantly, the more I research[ed] about Leni, the more maganda yung nababasa mo sa kanya. Hater kasi ako ni Leni dati.”
Their new sense of discernment is still holding up. As a call center agent based in Cagayan de Oro, they are aware of the reports circling around that a BBM presidency would lead to the BPO industry’s demise in the country. But despite their support for Robredo, they know better than to believe everything they read on the internet.
“A friend of mine already asked me if that's legit. I don't think it is. Kahit pa kakampink ako, I should first do some research about it. But personally, wala naman akong nadidinig about nyan sa management, kahit nga some managers namin kakampink din, di naniniwala dyan.”
(UPDATE, 6 May, 11:09 p.m.) In a previous version of this article, we associated Atheist for Leni's guild with the guild that went viral in screenshots. We have received clarification that these are not the same, though there are several Dota 2 guilds that have the same methodology. We regret the error.
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