Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sibol: The PH National Team line up for the 30th SEA Games.

  It has been a gruelling week for the 77-strong training pool for Sibol, the Philippine team that will represent the country in the first-ever esports medaled events of the 30th SEA Games. Invited athletes and those who got past the online qualifiers had the chance to play together during the past few days and during the Sibol National Pool Combine event, all the while the respective coaches and managers of the six esports titles evaluated their pool for the coveted final roster slots.

  From this pool, only 27 athletes have made the team. Seven members are needed for each of the team-based games:
  • Dota2
  • Arena of Valor (AOV)
  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB)
  • StarCraft 2
  • Hearthstone
  • Tekken 7
The 27 athletes that complete the Team Sibol:

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

Kenneth Jiane "Kenji" Villa
Karl Gabriel "KarlTzy" Nepomuceno
Carlito "Ribo" Ribo
Jeniel "Haze" Bata-anon
Angelo Kyle "Pheww" Arcangel
Allan Sancio "Lusty" Castromayor
Jason Rafael "JaY" Torculas

Dota 2

Mc Nicholson "Mc" Villanueva
John Anthony "Natsumi" Vargas
Jun "Bok" Kanehara
Marvin Salvador "Boomy" Rushton
Bryle Jacob "CML" Alvizo
Van Jerico "Van" Manalaysay
James Erice "Erice" Guerra

Arena of Valor

Kevin Kio "Gambit" Dizon
Jeremiah "1717" Camarillo
Jevan Lorenzo "Bents" Delos Santos
Lawrence Anthony "Rubixx" Gatmaitan
Miguel Klarenz "Miggie" Banaag
Bradie Ryan "Yats" Velasquez
Kyle Jepherson "Vindiicated" Padlan

StarCraft II

Justin "NuksPH" Santos
Caviar "Enderr" Acampado


Dustin "WaningMoon" Mangulabnan
Jacinta "Jia" Dee

Tekken 7

Andreij Hosea "Doujin" Albar
Alexandre Gabriel "AK" Laverez

  The road to the 30th SEA Games has been a long and challenging one, but for us Filipinos, it’s been a long time coming. Our esports beginnings have developed a strong foundation in our athletes, who all showcase, skill, passion, and competition. From here, the Sibol team will be tested and trained by their coaches, in an effort to mold them all into solid individuals and teams with their eyes on one thing: SEA Games gold. The catchphrase ‘Lakad Matatag’ embodies the Sibol athletes, entering the battlefield with pride and confidence.

  They are not without support however, as the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Esports Union (PSEU) has teamed up with the country’s biggest network, Smart, as the official presenter for Sibol. The communications network provider is no stranger to gaming and esports, offering products and services to the Filipino gamer, as well as an open supporter of events that cater to the gaming market.

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