Sibol secures biggest medal haul for esports at the 30th SEA Games
Posted by Jason Dayrit December 12, 2019

The esports tournaments for the 30th Southeast Asian Games have officially concluded after six days of intense matches between the participating countries. Sibol, the Philippine national esports team, took home a total of five medals, the most out of all the countries present at the biennial event.

The Sibol – MLBB team had the honor of winning the first-ever gold for the country as they bested regional heavyweights Indonesia. Composed of Kenneth Jiane ‘Kenji’ Villa, Karl Gabriel ‘KarlTzy’ Nepomuceno, Carlito ‘Ribo’ Ribo, Jeniel ‘Haze’ Bata-anon, Allan Sancio ‘Lusty’ Castromayor, Jason Rafael ‘Jay’ Torculas, and led by team captain Angelo Kyle ‘Pheww’ Arcangel, the team went the distance in a come from behind win against their final assignment in a best of five series.

It would be a similar story for the Sibol – Dota 2 team. After securing Game 1, the team traded with team Thailand until the fifth and final game. From what seemed to be defeat, Mc Nicholson ‘Mac’ Villanueva, John Anthony ‘Natsumi-‘ Vargas, Jun ‘Bok’ Kanehara, Marvin Salvador ‘Boomy’ Rushton, Bryle Jacob ‘CML’ Alvizo, Van Jerico ‘Van’ Manalaysay, and James Erice ‘Erice’ Guerra stuck to their gameplan and staged a marvelous comeback to stun their rivals and secure the victory.

Caviar Napoleon “EnDerr” Acampano has been synonymous to StarCraft ever since he broke into the local tournament scene a little over a decade ago. Unlike his compatriots in the team games, Acampado would make quick work of his opponent in the gold medal event for StarCraft II, bagging the gold in four games with a final score of 3-1 against Singapore.

Both Sibol – Tekken 7 bets; Andreij Hosea ‘Doujin’ Albar and Alexandre Gabrielle ‘AK’ Laverez, secured bronze and silver medals for our country, respectively. Albar and Laverez held their own against tough opponents and secured podium finishes for the Philippines, a feat never been achieved by any other country in the esports category of the 30th SEA Games.

The 30th SEA Games made a lot of entries to history books, especially the Philippines. A lot of firsts have been made, and the sky’s the limit for the teams, including preparing for the 31st SEA Games to be held in Vietnam in 2021.

Featured photo by Raffy Leynes

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