Sibol Mobile Legends completes comeback for PH's first SEAG esports gold

by gab pe
Dec 9, 2019

The Sibol Mobile Legends: Bang Bang team overcame defending world champion Indonesia to win the Philippines its first-ever gold medal for esports in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the Filoil Flying V Center on Sunday.

The squad of Jeniel "Haze" Bata-Anon, Angelo Kyle "Pheww" Arcangel, Allan Sancio "Lusty" Castromayor, Karl Gabriel "KarlTzy" Nepomuceno, Kenneth Jiane "Kenji" Villa, Carlito "Ribo" Jr., and Jason Rafael "Jay" Torculas was down 1-2 to start the best-of-five grand finals series between the game's biggest regional rivals.

It was KarlTzy and his Esmeralda who carried the team on their shoulders, blitzing the Indonesians with a 7-0 kill score in the fourth match as the team snowballed and forced a rubber match. The youngest Sibol member ended with a 9-2-4 record.

Nepomoceno once again put the squad on his back in the decider, finishing the game with nine kills to a single death and helping Sibol amass a 12K gold lead to seal the deal in 15 minutes.

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    The Pinoys looked dominant in the opening match, putting the world champs on the back foot. Sibol managed to counter Indonesia's aggression with a crucial teamfight at the six-minute mark. The visitors would slowly find their groove, though, taking pick-offs and eventually the Lord.

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    It was Kenji's heroics that saved the game, when he took the top turret while the Indonesians were trying to control of the Lord. He followed the feat with a massive outplay on Indonesia's Julianto, before joining forces with KarlTzy to break the opponent's base in a 13-minute victory.

    The reigning Mobile Legends: Bang Bang world and SEA champion would regain composure and take back-to-back matches, before getting reverse swept.

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