The quest for esports gold starts with the formation of the team to represent the country in the 30th Southeast Asian games. For this, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Esports Union (PSEU) has been tasked by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) to create Sibol, the country’s national esports team.
Sibol will be competing in all six titles featured in the esports event of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, which include Dota 2, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, Arena of Valor, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Tekken 7. With the help of Razer, the official esports partner of the games, this will be the first time in history that esports is included as a medaled sport in any international gaming event.
Several outstanding Filipino esports athletes will be directly invited into the team’s training pool.
The roster of directly invited players is the following:
● Carlo “Kuku” Palad
● Timothy John “Tims” Randrup
● Kim “Gabbi” Santos
● Armel “Armel” Tabios
● Nico “Eyyou” Barcelon
● Djardel Jicko “DJ” Mampusti
● Marc Polo Luis “Raven” Fausto
● Abed Azel “Abed” Yusop
● Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross Jr.
● Ryan Jay “Bimbo” Qui
● Caviar “Enderr” Acampado
● Andreij Hosea “Doujin” Albar
● Alexandre Gabrielle “AK” Laverez
● Jacinta “Jia” Dee
● Euneil “Staz” Javiñas
Arena of Valor
● Kevin Kio “Gambit” Dizon
● Jeremiah “1717” Camarillo
● Jevan Lorenzo “Bents” Delos Santos
● Lawrence “Rubixx” Gatmaitan
● Miguel Klarenz “Miggie” Banaag
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
● Carlito “Ribo” Ribo
● Yuji “Yuji” Aizawa
● Renz Carlo “Pein” Reyes
● Ralph Mico “Coco” Sampang
● Ephraim Jueinno “Ejhay” Sambrano
● Jeniel “Haze” Bata-Anon
● Erwin “Yakou” Magno
● Marc Danielle “Dee” San Luis
● Angelo Kyle “Pheww” Arcangel
● Lester “Tets” Santos
● Mark “Dysania” Cruz
● Gerardo “Eson” Mark Jayson
● Jeff Franklin “Jeffqt4ever” Anaya
● Allan Sancio “Lusty” Castromayor
● Jason Rafael “Jay” Torculas
● Ashleymarco “Killuash” Cruz
● Kyle “Ryo” Berceño
Joining them in the Sibol training pool are individuals who will prove victorious in the upcoming open qualifiers. Any Filipino citizen over the age of 13 can join the said qualifier.
The registration, as well as other relevant information, can be found through these links:
The qualifiers for Dota 2, Hearthstone, and Starcraft 2 will be done on August 10-11, and registration is open until August 7. Meanwhile, the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang qualifier will be held on August 14-16, and the Arena of Valor and Tekken 7 qualifiers will be on August 17-18. The registration is open until August 11 for the latter games.
For selection purposes, the top two teams from Dota 2, the top two players from Hearthstone, and the top three players from StarCraft II will be included in the Sibol training pool. On the second batch of qualifiers, the top two teams from Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, the top team from Arena of Valor, and the top six players from Tekken 7 will advance into the training pool. Once the Sibol training pool is complete, each player will be evaluated based on their mastery of their respective esport title as well as their compatibility with the rest of the team, among other factors.
In charge of the selection process and the handling of the teams are decorated and well-respected managers and coaches. These people will be the core people in the selection committee, whose first major task is to determine the Sibol team who will compete in December.
● Manager: Jim Paulo Sy
● Coach: John Paolo “SNDATA” Bago
● Manager: Jess Joaustine “JackDReaper"” Tamboboy
● Coach: Mark Ryan “eXoBLaZeR” Rapisura
Arena of Valor
● Manager: Brian “Neme” Victa
● Coach: Rafael “Cyriux” Albert
Mobile Legends: Bang Bang
● Manager: Leo Andrew “Jab” Escutin
● Coaches: Michelle “Mits” Liwanag and Brian “Panda” Lim
● Manager: Ron “Hot-E” Muyot
● Coach: Djamille “Naturelover” San Juan
● Manager: Richard “Pompi” Castillo
● Coach: Jan Marvin “Chalk” Zaldivar
The pool of around 74 players will be trimmed down to 27 members, seven each for each team games (Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Arena of Valor) and two for each individual games (StarCraft 2, Hearthstone, and Tekken 7), by early September.
Driving the search for athletes to comprise Sibol, the PSEU has partnered with Razer.
“Esports has been at the heart of Razer since the beginning,” says David Tse, Global Esports Director at Razer. “As the leading brand in esports, we have supported countless global events, teams, and athletes over the years and continue to push Esports to new heights. Now we are very excited to help esports enter a new era, where it will be a medalled event for the first time in the SEA Games.”
“We are very excited to have Razer as our partner,” says Ms. Jane Basas, PSEU co-Chairman and President of Cignal TV. “The brand has been a consistent proponent of the recognition and legitimacy of esports around the world. With their support, as well as our other partners, the PSEU is confident that the qualifiers for Sibol will bring out the best and most talented esports athletes in the country. We stand firm in our goal of SEA Games gold, and we as a team pledge to support Sibol every step of the way.”
Aside from partnering with Razer, the PSEU has also partnered with Mountain Dew as its official power-up drink. Mountain Dew is not new to esports, and they want to continue their commitments to the industry by pledging support to Sibol.
Select matches of the qualifiers will be streamed live on the Sibol Esports Facebook page (FB.com/SIBOLesports). Updates on the team and more information can be found on the official website SIBOLesports.ph and on the other social media pages (Twitter, Instagram) @SIBOLesports.