Sibol Esports, the Philippine national esports team for the 30th Southeast Asian Games has just proven their strength against three other countries – Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand in Tekken 7, Dota 2, and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang in the recently concluded Test Event.
Sibol Team Manager, Alvin Juban had previously said, “We’ve never had this [Test Event] before but we’re presenting our best.” And that was exactly what the Sibol teams did bagging the three gold medals.
Andreij “Doujin” Albar took first in today's SEA Games Esports Test Event. Hopefully this is a preview of what's to come in December. SIBOL 🇵🇭#PlaybookEsports#SEAGames#SibolPH
Filipino Tekken 7 veteran, Andreij “Doujin” Albar opened the event with the first gold medal after taking down Indonesian player Muhammad “Meat” Jusuf.
Doujin started the Grand Finals with Yoshimitsu but found himself losing to Meat’s Marduk in five rounds. The Filipino decided to change things up almost immediately with Panda. He found success with the furry bear, winning three straight games against Marduk, Paul, and Steve to close out the series and claim the gold.
It was the Sibol – Dota 2 team that secured the second gold in two games against Malaysia. The Filipinos found themselves with a deficit in the first game after giving up early kills but their cleaner team fight put them back in the game. With momentum in their favor, Sibol snowballed their lead and closed out Game 1. The second game further showcased the mechanics and execution of the Filipinos. This time the hometown heroes held their ground and pushed the lead all the way to end to close the series.
The third and final gold was earned by the Sibol – Mobile Legends: Bang Bang team. The mixed bag of players from different teams from The Nationals looked shaky in their first showing on the Main Stage as they fell to the Indonesians. The second match between the two regional titans showed a different side to the Filipinos. With more control and discipline, Sibol clawed and fought their way to take the gold in three games.
The Sibol teams have proven at the Test Event that despite the struggles and losses, they will work hard to bring home the gold medals. A true showcase of their commitment to the team’s battlecry, “Lakad Matatag”.
The San Juan Arena is the official venue of esports at the 30th SEA Games. It will house the tournaments on December 5-10, 2019 where nine Southeast Asian nations will play in the six esports titles – Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Arena of Valor, Tekken 7, Hearthstone, and Starcraft II for a total of 18 medals to be won.
Doujin featured photo courtesy of PlayBook Esports Team Facebook
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