PH-Sibol closes in on 3rd e-sports gold in 31ST SEAG

PH-Sibol closes in on 3rd e-sports gold in 31ST SEAG

HANOI – Philippines-Sibol dominated Game 4 of its best-of-five League of Legends semifinal series with Malaysia, 24-9, on Saturday in the 31st Southeast Asian at the Vietnam National Convention Center to zero in on a third gold medal in esports.

David Emmanuel Tapang came through with big kills in the opening minutes to help carry the Philippines to the finals against the winner of the other semifinal clash between Vietnam and Singapore.

The Philippines, which won three golds, a silver and a bronze medal during esports’ debut in the games in the 2019 Philippine edition, has already produced two titles here, courtesy of world champion Blacklist in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang on Friday and all-female team Grindsky Eris in Wild Rift on Wednesday.

It is still in contention in the PUBG Mobile team event, where the Filipino gamers are running first and third place with 3 Maps to go, even as Sibol dropped its best-of-three series, 0-2, to Vietnam in the SEA Games Crossfire.

After Tapang’s Varus, the mage/marksman, handed the Filipinos their first kill in the two-minute mark, Team Philippines pulled off a 5-0 rampage and gained the momentum to ease the Malaysians out of contention from their small advantage.

Varus, known as a deadly killer with his arrow of retribution in the League of Legends gaming lore, slew Alvin “Felia” Lim Ming Sang’s lethal Jhin avatar thrice.

Malaysia tried to slow down the Philippines with its squads’ minions, but the Filipinos needed 12 minutes to complete their spree.

When it was finally over after 29 minutes, Tapang had collected seven kills and five assists, after respawning twice.

The Malaysians took Game 1, 24-8, but the Philippines went on to sweep its next three matches, after equalizing in Game 2 at 21-11.

Tapang joined forces with Jose Raphael Retance, who showed the way in Game 2, by utilizing the Troll King, Trundle, an ice club-wielding fighter class. Jhin, a psychopathic marksman, was Tapang’s avatar, and he once against showed the way with six kills and six assists, and was never lost during their 26-minute encounter.

Retance’s Troll King had a 5-1-0 kill-death-assist in the Philippines’ effort to pick up its first win in the series.

In Game 3, it was the Troll King’s turn to take the lead with its 6-1-8 slate, with Tapang emerging unscathed with his five kills and nine assists.(AI/MTVN)

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