REPRESENTED by Bren Esports for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and Neon Esports for Dota 2, Team Philippines dominated two events at the Razer Southeast Asia Invitationals held on Sunday night.
Players faced Vietnam in the final rounds, bannered by Vec Fantasy Main for ML:BB and 496 Gaming for Dota 2. Both events were played in a best of five format.
The Dota 2 finals saw both teams take it to the edge, with both Neon Esports and 496 Gaming trading wins and forcing the series to a Game 5.
However, the PH squad recovered its winning form, overwhelming the Vietnamese team with 62 kills to 496 Gaming’s 22. Playhard’s Ember Spirit and Skem’s Bloodseeker led the all-out charge for Team Philippines.
The ML:BB finals were equally tense.
In their previous faceoff last Friday, Vec Fantasy Main had swept Bren Esports. But a defeat of Team Myanmar on Sunday morning earned Bren Esports the right to a rematch — this time, in a finals series that would see the two teams tied 2-2 before locking horns in Game 5.
A mid-game rally by KarlTzy (Claude) and FlapTzy (Masha) turned the tide against the Vietnamese team. Fifteen-year-old wunderkind KarlTzy would end the game with 11 kills, 1 assist, and 2 deaths.
Vietnam, however, would not walk away from the tournament empty-handed, winning gold at the PUBG Mobile finals held last July 5.
The Razer SEA-Invitationals is a regional tournament organized by the noted gaming brand, with a $5,000 prize pool.
In an interview with SPIN Life, Razer’s Global Esports Director David Tse said they had organized the Invitationals as a “platform where athletes can gain more regional experience and be ready for the next medal esports events.”
Team Philippines had also taken the gold in both Dota 2 and ML:BB during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games last December.