The Sibol Dota 2 team didn't need another 70 minutes to get the GG call from Vietnam and become the second Philippine representative to reach the gold medal round of the 30th Southeast Asian Games esports competitions.
After the opening match of the upper bracket finals on Sunday passed the one-hour mark, the Filipino squad made sure that there was no need for a decider and went on a 36-6 killing spree against the Vietnamese during Game 2 at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan.
Team captain Martin Salvador "Boomy" Rushton admitted to reporters after the closer that they committed "major mistakes" in the long drawn-out opener. "'Yung mga pitas na wrong timing tsaka Roshan 'yung big factors eh. Namatay 'yung core namin sa time na nag-spawn si Rosh, kaya na-delay 'yung game. Lead na kami, tapos 'yung win condition namin dun kukunin 'yung Aegis."
The Pinoys fielded a lineup of Elder Titan, Gyrocopter, Centaur Warrunner, Chen, and Drow Ranger versus the Viets' Kunkka, Rubick, Ursa, Venomancer, and Tidehunter.
One would think that the Vietnamese had the advantage in terms of teamfight composition, but Sibol instead capitalized on their misplays and kept the opposing carry Ursa from snowballing. The Gyrocopter and Drow Ranger turned the Viets' pick-offs against them and took turns in leading the net worth. A fountain dive at the 32:25 mark ultimately sealed the deal for the Filipinos.
"I think we just had the better draft. Sa draft pa lang, feel namin na ahead kami. Kasi alam namin 'yung timings tsaka kung ano 'yung gagawin," said Boomy, whose signature Elder Titan even got the first Rampage streak in the SEA Games event.
The team of Rushton, MC Nicholson "Mc" Villanueva, John Anthony "Natsumi" Vargas, Jun "Bok" Kanehara, Bryle Jacob "CML" Alvizo, Van Jerico "Van" Manalaysay, and James Erice "Erice" Guerra will face the winner of the lower bracket finals between Vietnam and Thailand on Monday afternoon in the same venue for that historic esports gold.