No Medals Yet, but SIBOL Poised to Bounce Back
The Philippines has always been known for its extremely active and rabid passion for gaming. The country has always been a heavyweight in the Southeast Asia region in almost every game that has grown in popularity within the region, but our current run in the SEA Games have been… rough.
Out of the three games that have already taken place in this year’s SEA Games, we have bagged none. Looking at it from the surface, not bagging a medal in 3 out of the 9 games we are participating in is quite alarming, but there’s more than meets the eye with our esports reps.
If we look at the remaining teams set to compete, we have a few teams that stand out and are the favorites to win at their respective game. Teams like the Mobile Legends team, consisting of the Blacklist International roster, are a shoe-in to win it all, while the Women’s Wild Rift team look to continue their near-perfect run in the SEA Games. We also have absolute sleepers in the CrossFire roster consisting of Pacific Macta, who are not strangers in performing under high pressure environments.
These three teams are practically the team to beat in the tournament, and will more than likely take home a medal for the country.
The other teams are no slouches either, underdogs in the Arena of Valor team, the PUBG Mobile team and the League of Legends PC team are set to cause upsets in their games, and things can only go up from here.
As they say in the Philippines, “ganyan talaga mga bida, natatalo sa umpisa (that’s how heroes are, they lose in the beginning).”