Prepare for Mythic Glory as the Philippines (and the rest of the 11 South East Asian countries) gears up for the first medal esport battle in SEA GAMES history. 6 Games, 37 e-Athletes invited, 74-target player pool, and a whole lot of amazing esports drama in store as the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Esports Union (PSEU), tasked by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), to seek out the best of the best and create the first National esports team.

The 6 games in question and the respective direct-invited e-Athletes are as follows:

DOTA 2

Hearthstone

StarCraft II

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

  • Carlito “Ribo” Ribo
  • Yuji “Yuji” Aizawa
  • Renz Carlo “Pein” Reyes
  • Ralph Mico “Coco” Sampang
  • Ephraim Jueinno “Ehjay” Sambrano
  • Jeniel “Haze” Bata-Ano
  • Erwin “Yakou” Magno
  • March Danielle “Dee” San Luis
  • Angelo Kyle “Pheww” Arcangel
  • Lester “Tets” Santos
  • Mark “Dysania” Cruz
  • Gerado “Eson” Mark Jayson
  • Jeff Franklin “Jeffqt4ever” Anaya
  • Allan Sancio “Lusty” Castomayor
  • Jason Rafael “Jay” Torculas
  • Ashleymarco “Killuash” Cruz
  • Kyle “Ryo” Berceño

Arena of Valor

  • Kevin Kio “Gambit” Dizon
  • Jeremiah “1717” Camarillo
  • Jevan Lorenzo “Bents” Delos Santos
  • Lawrence “Rubixx” Gatmaitan
  • Miguel Klarenz “Miggie” Banaag

Tekken 7

  • Andreij Hosea “Doujin” Albar
  • Alexandre Gabrielle “AK” Laverez

Open qualifiers happen this month and registration started yesterday, August 7 for Dota 2, Hearthstone and StarCraft 2, with qualifiers commencing this August 10-11. Meanwhile, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Arena of Valor and Tekken 7 registration will be open until August 11, 2019 with qualifiers happening after that.

For selection purposes, the top two teams from Dota 2, the top two players from Heartstone, and the top three players from StarCraft II will be included in the Sibol training pool. For Mobile Legends, they’ll get the top two teams that emerges during the open qualifiers, the top team from Arena of Valor and the top six players from Tekken 7.

Once the pool is complete, the players will be evaluated based on their skill, mastery of the game, and compatibility with the rest of the team.

Remember, not everyone from the ideal 74-pool roster will go further to compete in the SEA Games. There will be trickling down and the committee saw to it to gather a group of highly decorated and well-respected managers and coaches for the respective games listed.

DOTA 2

  • Manager: Paulo Sy
  • Coach: Paolo “SNDATA” Bago

StarCraft II

  • Manager: Jess Joaustine “HacjDReaper” Tamboboy
  • Coach: Mark Ryan “eXoBLaZeR” Rapisura

Hearthstone

  • Manager: Richard “Pompi” Castillo
  • Coach: Jan Martin “Chalk” Zaldivar

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

  • Manager: Leo Andrew “Jab” Escutin
  • Coaches: Michelle “Mits” Liwanag and Brian “Panda” Lim

Arena of Valor

  • Manager: Nema Victa
  • Coach: Rafael “Cyriux” Albert

Tekken 7

  • Manager: Ron “Hot-E” Muyot
  • Coach: Djamille “Naturelover” San Juan

The event also presented the list of partners aiming to help support this large undertaking, most of which are not new to the esports scene. Razer is coming on-board as the official gaming peripherals of Sibol while Mountain Dew is renewing its commitment to video gaming and esports as the project’s official power-up drink.

PSEU is the union of two established entities in esports and sports entertainment, the Esports National Association of the Philippines (ESNAP), which has had a major hand with the on-going the Nationals, and National Electronic Sports Federation o the Philippines (NESFP). The group is determined to make Sibol a representation of the country’s best gamers and athletes.

That means proper vetting, training and cultivating will be strictly adhered by the group to ensure that we produce teams that will get us SEA GAMES gold!

For more info head over to Sibol’s Official Facebook Page HERE.

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