PH Sibol squad takes 1st E-sports Mobile Legends title

The Pinoy champs! (Richard Esguerra/

By: Leobert Julian A. de la Peña

“Comeback is real.”

Fighting hard from the lower bracket to clinch a finals clash with the Indonesian powerhouse team, the PH Sibol ML team took down the giants, 3-2, in the first-ever Southeast Asian Games E-sports tournament.

The resiliency and the versatile draft picking strategies the Sibol squad showed edged them the victory against the well-composed Indonesian team.

The team composed of Kenneth Jiane “Kenji” Villa, Karl Gabriel “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno, Carlito “Ribo” Ribo, Jeniel “Haze” Bata-anon, Angelo Kyle “Pheww” Arcangel, Allan Sancio “Lusty” Castromayor, and Jason Rafael “Jay” Torculas, gave PH its first gold in E-sports.

Notching the first win courtesy of a split-pushing Chou, the decoy strategy unleashed by Sibol worked well.

In the next game, Indonesia equalized the series with a total mismatch in the draft picks, disabling Sibol’s sets with their hero counters.

Indonesia looked to gain the advantage and gain a stranglehold on the series after a comeback win during Game 3, clinching a 2-1 advantage.

Laser-focused and determined to win in front of their home crowd, the Sibol team unleashed off-meta players and pulled off two straight wins, taking down the favorites.