The biggest PBA superstars recently teamed up with the country's best professional gamers and esports personalities for a Dota 2 charity showmatch.
Team Blue's June Mar Fajardo, Kiefer Ravena, Djardel Mampusti aka DJ, Armel Tabios aka Armel, and caster Michael Angelo Zomil aka Alo defeated Team Red's Marc Pingris, Japeth Aguilar, Carlo Palad aka Kuku, Timothy Randrup aka Tims, and caster Nico Nazario aka KuyaNic, 70-30, for the benefit of the PGH Medical Foundation's fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
As expected, the pro gamers proved OP for the amateurs. Some of your favorite local basketball stars, though, were more than just right-click heroes.
Here's how June Mar and the rest of the PBA players fared in Mineski and PCCL's Lockdown Games, ranked from worst to best:
Marc Pingris (Ursa)
Level: 18 | Kills-deaths-assists: 2-16-13 | Net worth: 7,642
For someone who is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Ping offered the least resistance among the participating PBA players. To be fair, the Magnolia Hotshots forward couldn't focus on farming with all the action at the bottom lane. DJ and Armel also showed him no mercy when his Ursa tried to hide in their jungle and help during clashes. By the time Pingris was able to buy his core items (Skull Basher, Vladimir's Offering), the game was already out of hand.
Kiefer Ravena (Dwarven Sniper)
Level: 21 | Kills-deaths-assists: 4-8-22 | Net worth: 13,057
Ravena surprisingly picked a long-range silent operator, despite him being used to the spotlight throughout his career. The NLEX Road Warriors guard may have ended up with more kills and better items — Shadow Blade, Dragon Lance, Aghanim's Scepter — than the next person in this ranking, but this was more likely because his teammates have already snowballed. We mean, how could Kiefer's Sniper allow June Mar's support hero get more creep kills than him in the early game?
Japeth Aguilar (Furion)
Level: 21 | Kills-deaths-assists: 3-13-9 | Net worth: 15,056
The first-time Finals Most Valuable Player displayed his Dota 2 versatility by ganking, split-pushing, and finishing third in net worth (after a poor start) — in true Ginebra fashion. The problem was that he did most of his work shortly before GGs were called. Japeth was unable to pressure the opposing team with Furion's early pushing abilities, instead staging a late comeback with his never-say-die spirit, to no avail. Just like his teammate Ping, it was too late the hero for Aguilar.
June Mar Fajardo (Jakiro)
Level: 23 | Kills-deaths-assists: 5-9-33 | Net worth: 10,868
What's a better compliment for Fajardo than one coming from a professional gamer who has actual experience in international tournaments? According to Kuku, "May tira rin 'yung Jakiro. Nakita ko nagde-deward eh, marunong. At saka 'di siya namamatay. May pwesto rin."
Even with roles reversed, with the usual basketball "carry" assuming a supporting role, Fajardo's well-timed Ice Path and Macropyre showed why he's the GOAT not only in the PBA, but also among the league's Dota 2 players.