Meet the Sibol Roster for SEA Games!
Esports is becoming more mainstream now. SEA Games itself will be featuring six titles for this year’s iteration. For the first time, we will be witnessing esports athletes compete in the Southeast Asian Games along with other traditional sports. Learn the Sibol roster and know who will be representing the country in esports.
The 30th SEA Games
The SEA Games is now in its 60th year, as the SEA Games is held every other year. The first one was held in 1959, intended to promote cooperation, understanding and improved relations between its 11 participating countries.
This year’s host is the Philippines, which will be its fourth time hosting the SEA Games. Almost 10,000 athletes will participate, including eathletes. This year is considered to be its most prolific year, as it will feature 56 games, the most in its history. Many athletes are preparing for the SEA Games, which will be held from November 30 – December 11, 2019.
Choosing the right lineup
Esports teams have been a staple in the Philippines for the past decade. However, professional teams did not automatically qualify to represent the country’s lineup. Instead, the Philippine SEA Games Esports Union (PSEU) held a rigorous search for the country’s best candidates.
Through the open qualifiers, aspiring eathletes competed until they reached the top of their groups. All passing candidates went through the Sibol National Pool Combine, where they played with directly invited esports professionals. It was here where the PSEU picked the final lineups of each of the six esports games representing the Philippines.
Sibol – Representative of Philippine Esports Growth
The survivors of The Combine emerged as the faces of Philippine esports for the SEA Games – christened with the team name Sibol. Sibol in Filipino translates to sprout, or the act of sprouting, or growth. Therefore they represent not only the Filipino aspiration to do well in esports in the SEA Games, but also the overall growth of esports in the Philippines. They represent the growing acceptance of esports as a career in the mainstream consciousness.
The Sibol Roster consists of a mix of veterans and new faces. Although all of them have proven their worth by making it to the final roster, some of the names in the list have been around the scene for longer.
AOV – The Sibol Arena of Valor roster consists of four players from the Liyab Esports professional team. Vindicated, Yatz and 1717 complete the lineup.
Dota 2 – Team Adroit makes up the team’s main lineup, with Erice and Yan subbing in. Former TNC Predator manager Paulo Sy and former Fnatic analyst Pao Bago form the backbone of the team.
Hearthstone – Both WaningMoon and Jia have proven themselves locally and abroad for their skills in Hearthstone.
Mobile Legends – Ribo and Haze of Bren Esports grace the Sibol team, along with Lusty and Jay of ArkAngel. Pheww of Cignal Ultra join them as well, with Karltzy completing the lineup.
Starcraft II – WESG 2018 representative Enderr joins Nuks for Sibol’s SCII team.
Tekken 7 – AK and Doujin of Playbook Esports will be representing the Philippines in Tekken 7.
The Sibol teams are currently training hard so that they’ll be up to task when the time comes. And then, they will finally play from December 5-10, at the FilOil Flying V Center, San Juan. Just like in any other sport, these eathletes gain strength with the help of their countrymen. And for a large esports country such as the Philippines, there should be no shortage of support for them. Therefore, watch their games and show them your unwavering support to encourage them to do their best.