The Sibol Training Pool Combine event has just come to a close! The event featured the full 76 players in all six games as they showcased their skills in their respective games.
Day 1 of the Combine featured the rosters of Tekken 7, Hearthstone, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. Day 2, on the other hand, had the talents of the players from the Arena of Valor, Dota 2, and Starcraft II pools give their own display of ability on stage. The Combine event closed out with all six games at the Ayala Malls Circuit Activity Center.
After the Open Qualifiers, the Combine event was the next step on the road to putting together the full roster of Sibol for the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
The coaches and managers tasked to put together the rosters of the respective teams shared one trait that they were looking for. This was dedication. Dedication to train with other players that aren’t your teammates. Dedication to train for the SEA Games.
The training pool consisted of 36 directly invited players and 40 players that earned their spot by being the best of the best in the open qualifiers. Putting together a team from such a diverse pool and training them in time for the SEA Games will now be the challenge for the managers and coaches.
“This will be a first that esports will be a medal event in the Southeast Asian Games. It is a historic SEA Games for us having esports with six medals sports. I’m hoping that of the six events, we can get the six gold medals,” Ramon Suzara, COO of Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) said.
With the Combine over, the managers and coaches will now have to select and lock in their rosters and then train for the 30th SEA Games. Seven players will be picked for each of the team games, namely Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Arena of Valor while Tekken 7, Hearthstone, and Starcraft II will have two players per game.