- PH eSports team Sibol wins a gold medal in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang in the 30th SEA Games
- Sibol’s Mobile Legends team defeated the Indonesian team to bag Philippines’ first eSports medal
- This is the first time in history that eSport was recognized as a medal sport in the SEA Games
Philippine national eSports team Sibol has defeated Indonesia to win our country’s first gold medal of the eSports tournament in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
Sibol’s Mobile Legends: Bang Bang team are composed of Kenneth “Kenji” Villa, Jeniel “Haze” Bata-anon, Allan “Lusty” Castromayor, Carlito “Ribo” Ribo, Kyle “Pheww” Arcangel, and Jason “Jay” Torculas. They defeated Indonesia in three games against two, to secure the gold medal.
Despite struggling in the first half of the game, the Sibol players were able to split push their fighter hero Chou 12 just minutes in. It was followed by a wipe-out of Indonesia’s heroes that finally paved the way for the Philippines’ first eSports medal.
In Game 2, Sibol suffered with a bad draft pick as Indonesia dominated the level. Even in Game 3, Indonesia inched closer to the gold. Until Sibol eventually forced a decider, due to another split-push. It was in Game 5 that Sibol finally showed dominance; earning them their first gold.
The Indonesian Mobile Legends team were mostly players from the M1 World Championship – the inaugural ML:BB worldwide contest organized by game developers Moonton.
This is the first time eSports is being recognized as a medal sport in the SEA Games. Aside from Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, 5 other events included are Dota 2, Hearthstone, Starcraft II, Arena of Valor fall and Tekken 2.
Jia Dee, one of Sibol’s two representatives for Hearthstone, expressed how glad she is that eSport is being recognized now as a medal sport.