TOKYO, JAPAN - Filipino teams proved their mettle after Day 1 of the Asia Pacific Predator League Grand Finals in Tokyo, Japan. The story repeated itself on Day 2 as the Filipinos in both Dota 2 and PUBG staked their claim to become the best in the Asia Pacific region.
In Dota 2, Execration took down Australian hopeful Boonz + Goonz then Malaysian team ChubbyBoiz to secure their spot in the Top 4. TNC Predator, on the other hand, took down the rising Mongol squad Lilgun in the longest match of the tournament at one hour and eight minutes.
With the top four being a 100% Filipino affair, the Philippines has affirmed its position as a Dota 2 powerhouse.
But the action wasn’t done, as the teams battled to end Day 2 of the festivities in Japan.
Polaris Esports made short work of GrindSky Esports in their match, thanks to an aggressive lineup featuring Leshrac and Broodmother. Polaris suffocated GrindSky across the map and ended the match with a dominating 41 to 14 score line to take the first Grand Finals slot.
The rivalry between Execration and TNC Predator continued once again, with Execration exacting their revenge. The team gambled on a late-game Arc Warden draft, while TNC Predator put its faith in a Morphling and Lycan combo. But it was the heroics of Federico :Abeng" Didican’s Mirana who really made it work for Execration with 18 assists as they eliminated TNC Predator from the tournament.
Then the second Grand Finals slot came up for grabs when Execration took on GrindSky Esports. Execration’s Batrider and Visage draft easily controlled the tempo against GrindSky’s Marcy and Tiny combination. The brightest stars for Execration were definitely Mark "Bob" Urbina and Justine "Tino" Grimaldo, who combined for 28 kills in the 28-minute blitzkrieg win.
After Dota 2 comps, ArkAngel Predator stays alive in PUBG
In PUBG, ArkAngel Predator managed to move up in the rankings, thanks to a vastly improved Day 2 performance. A crucial third-place finish and seven kills in Map 8 of the tournament allowed them to leapfrog the Korean squad GNL and take number three in the overall rankings.
ArkAngel Predator still has a chance to spring some surprises during the last day of the tournament, with five maps yet to be played.
On the final day of the Asia Pacific Predator League Grand Finals, two new champions will be crowned and take their lion’s share of the $400,000 (around P22.8 million) prize pool.