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SEA Games: Sibol grabs 2nd gold, rallies to beat Thailand in Dota II

/ 12:00 AM December 10, 2019

Philippines grabs its second medal in esports after Sibol’s win in Dota II. Photo by Joseph Garribay/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines–The Philippines snagged another gold medal in esports in the Southeast Asian Games after Sibol’s valiant 3-2 stand against Thailand in the Dota II event.

Sibol lived up to its rallying cry, “Lakad Matatag,” holding on late to pull the rug from under a vaunted Thai squad in Monday night’s nail-biter at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

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Bryle Jacob ”CML” Alvizo, Van Jerico ”Van” Manalaysay, James Erice ”Erice” Guerra, Jun ”Bok” Kanehara, Marvin Salvador ”Boomy” Rushton, Mc Nicholson ”Mc” Villanueva, and John Anthony ”Natsumi” Vargas put together a spirited fight-back from a huge hole in the deciding match, engaging the foes in team clashes to deliver the second gold medal for the hosts.

Just like their compatriots at Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Sibol’s Dota II crew had to dig deep to frustrate a side that was flaunting world-class talent.

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Two more gold medals will be up for grabs for the Nationals—Tekken 7 and Starcraft II—when the esports events enter its final playdate on Tuesday.

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