As Worlds draws near, every League of Legends fan anticipates their favorite teams go against the best of the best for the title of World Champions. For the Filipino LoL fans, the much anticipated Globe Conquerors Manila is just around the corner, and they’ll get to see their hometown bets go against other regional victors for a chance to represent Southeast Asia at the global stage-The League of Legends World Championships, with this year’s tournament taking place in South Korea.
The two-day event replaces the annual Rampage that local League fans have come to know and love, but Conquerors will bring that familiar feel and more. Aside from the fan-favorite Celebrity Showmatch, Cosplay Clash, and band performances, what used to be the venue for the local Garena Pro Gaming Series playoffs will now host the regional SEA tournament. This means not only do attendees get to see their choice local teams, they also get to see other top teams from SEA.
Here are the eight SEA teams that will be competing for a spot at Worlds this coming August 18-19 at the MOA Arena.
One of the most recognizable names when it comes to Philippine esports, Mineski comes off fresh from a fantastic performance at Rift Rivals, getting big wins against Oceania’s Legacy Esports and Japan’s Unsold Stuff Gaming. Although OCE came out as the Rift Rivals champions, Mineski were the only SEA team to get a win in that final series.
With the two main pillars in Kaigu and Exosen, the team’s long-time top and mid duo, Mineski are definitely a team to watch out for, especially with their two new Korean imports, Jjun and Gari.
A new organization that quickly made waves in the local esports scene, ArkAngel’s League roster may seem familiar; you may remember Ivalice from Imperium Pro Team, Nickstah and Zensho from Mineski, and Trebor and Raux from Team Manila Eagles. The team managed to secure their spot at Conquerors after beating Emperor Esports at the National Qualifiers. With their talented roster and a new, fresh face as a team, fans have a new name to cheer for in ArkAngel.
One of the first six teams formed and sponsored by Garena back in 2012, the Kuala Lumpur Hunters are one of the mainstays in Malaysian esports. Winning multiple titles in their regional league, the Hunters are definitely a force to be reckoned with, and other teams should watch out. Keep an eye on their superstar jungler Qaspiel, who’s been with the team since 2014, and botlaner OzoraVeki, making his return to the team after playing for Hong Kong Attitude.
Team Anything acquired Geek Fam’s spot in the Malaysia Qualifiers for Globe Conquerors Manila, bringing with them players ShiNe, Eren, and 404, as well as bringing in twins Xare and Ribena from Fire Dragoon Esports and eyeBrows from SP Gaming Team. Another new organization, Team Anything earned the second seed in the Malaysia Qualifiers after beating Orange Esports, who knocked TAT down to the Lower Brackets after beating them in the Upper Bracket Semifinals.
The current top dog in South East Asia, Ascension Gaming won the last Garena Premier League tournament after beating Kuala Lumpur Hunters. After going through rebuildings in late 2017 and early 2018, the Thai powerhouse looks to continue their winning ways through their anchor midlaner, G4.
MEGA, one of Thailand’s biggest esports organizations who have teams in LoL, Dota 2, and Overwatch, acquired the Bangkok Titans late last year. Although only the botlane, Coldenfeet and Whatthejes, remain from that Titans roster, they also have WarL0cK in the top lane, who also played for BKT back in 2013-2016, before playing Support for e.o.s. Gaming and Ascension.
Probably the biggest and fastest growing esports organization in Indonesia, Bigetron Esports is everywhere. They have teams in League of Legends, Dota 2, CS:GO, Fortnite, PUBG, Mobile Legends, Arena of Valor, and Vainglory. After a strong showing in the Indonesia Qualifiers where they did not drop a single game, Bigetron looks to put Indonesia on the competitive League of Legends map.
Starting out as a Heroes of the Storm team in 2016, Resurgence is now one of the biggest esports organizations in Singapore, with 9 teams across 8 games. Resurgence qualified for Globe Conquerors Manila after besting top Singaporean team Sovereign in the Grand Finals after Sovereign knocked them down into the Lower Bracket in the Winner’s Finals.
Globe Conquerors Manila is happening at the Mall of Asia Arena on August 18 to 19. Catch SEA teams as they fight for a spot at Worlds and a USD 250,000 prize pool. Tickets are available at SM Tickets and all SM Tickets outlets in SM Cinema branches nationwide in SM Supermalls. Enjoy other activities like the Cosplay Clash, band performances, and the much awaited Celebrity Showmatch 3.