Sibol Wins 5 Medals, Brings Home 3 Gold from SEA Games 2019 Esports
Team Sibol made the country proud when they won 5 medals in the first-ever medalled esports event in history. For SEA Games 2019 Esports, Philippines won gold for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Dota 2, and Starcraft II.
The team also took home a silver and a bronze medal for the Tekken 7 event. The Philippines didn’t take home any medals from the Arena of Valor and Hearthstone events. Still, the overall performance of the country across the six esports disciplines places them on top of tallies.
The first-ever champion for a medalled esports event is the Filipino ML:BB team. They took the gold away from Team Indonesia in the Grand Finals. World Champions comprise the Indonesian team, which makes the Philippines’ win more impressive. Four team members of Team Indonesia were part of EVOS Legends, 1st placers in the MLBB World Championship 2019. The last two members of the team were part of ONIC Esports, who won at the ML:BB SEA Cup 2019.
Team Philippines for the Arena of Valor competition didn’t make the cut for the playoffs, but the team still showed grit and determination throughout the group stage.
The Philippines’ Adroit-Cignal Ultra combination also brought home gold for the Philippines. They beat Team Thailand, which had the veteran pro player Anucha “Jabz” Jirawong and coached by a former pro player, Pipat “LaKelz“ Prariyachat. The veteran team edged Team Philippines, bringing the series to game 5. With all the advantage in the world, Team Thailand was already going for the GG Push. However, a clueless Drow Ranger was caught by a courageous Duel by the Legion Commander, allowing Team Philippines to fight back the assault. Team Philippines was able to wipe out the invading forces, allowing them to advance to the opposing side of the map themselves, eventually winning the gold with a massive comeback victory.
Meanwhile, Caviar “EnDerr” Acampado won gold by beating Team Singapore’s Thomas “Blysk” Kopankiewicz 4-1 in the Grand Finals, giving the Philippines its third gold medal for esports. EnDerr came from a very tight matchup in the Upper Bracket Finals against Tran “MeomaikA” Hong Phuc, winning only within a thread from defeat. MeomaikA was a massive favorite to win the tournament, but he ended up losing against Blysk in the Lower Bracket Finals. EnDerr’s confidence clearly soared thanks to his victory over MeomaikA, which helped him easily defeat Blysk to win the gold.
Finally, for Hearthstone, neither Jacinta “Jia” Dee nor Dustin “WaningMoon” Mangulabnan managed to enter the playoffs. The two remained cheerful, however. Jia and WaningMoon were seen in the arena cheering for Team Philippines until the final match of Tekken 7. They also showed Filipino hospitality to the other eliminated Hearthstone players. They showed them around Manila, eating out with them, and even letting them try the world-famous Jollibee Chicken Joy.
Team Philippines almost got another gold for the sole console event at SEA Games 2019 Esports. Andreij “PBE|Doujin” Albar and Alexandre “PBE|AK” Laverez joined two Thai players in the Final Four. AK, coming from the lower bracket, had to fight his way to the lower bracket finals. Circumstances complicated the Philippine’s shot for gold when Thai player Nopparut “Book” Hempamorn sent Doujin to the lower bracket as well. The two Filipinos faced off, with AK emerging victorious, securing silver. Doujin, although he had to settle for Bronze, continued to support AK in his fight against Book. However, Book wouldn’t even let AK reset the brackets, beating the young Tekken 7 prodigy in 5 rounds on the Grand Finals.
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