Coaches, Qualifiers Revealed for PH SEA Games Esports Team Sibol
Ever wanted to rep the Philippines on the SEA Games stage? Open qualifiers and coaching staff for Sibol were announced today, August 6, at the TV5 Media Center in Mandaluyong.
Sibol is the official Philippine team for this year’s Southeast Asian Games. Spearheaded by the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Esports Union (PSEU) and endorsed by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), the team will be competing in all titles present at the event: Dota 2, Starcraft II, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Arena of Valor, Tekken 7, and Hearthstone.
Final rosters for each game will be chosen from a training pool of about 74 people, which will be trimmed down to 24 by early-September before a three-month bootcamp begins. Several established professionals like the entirety of the TNC Pro Team Dota 2 roster have been pre-seeded into the pool, with the remaining slots being decided via the upcoming open qualifiers.
Any Filipino citizen that is 13 years old or above can participate in the open qualifiers. The amount of top placers proceeding to the next phase varies from game to game. Check out the links below for more information.
- Dota 2 – 2 Teams – August 10-11
- Mobile Legends: Bang Bang – 2 Teams – August 14 – 16
- Arena of Valor – 1 Team – August 17-18
- StarCraft II – 3 Players – August 10-11
- Hearthstone – 2 Players – August 10-11
- Tekken 7 – 6 Players – August 17-18
The selection process and general handling of Sibol’s players will primarily be done by each game’s respective support staff, as listed below.
- Manager: Paulo Sy
- Coach: Paolo “Sandata” Bago
- Manager: Jess Joaustine “JackDReaper” Tamboboy
- Coach: Mark Ryan “eXoBLaZeR” Rapisura
Arena of Valor
- Manager: 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 Martin “Chalk” Zaldivar
But why host an open qualifier when we could just bring together proven players to form a superteam?
“One of the greatest strength of esports is its inclusivity, which is why we believe an open qualifier is necessary,” said Joebert Yu of the PSEU. “Do we think there are many other talented teams individuals? Yes. We want to give everyone the chance to represent the country, we all deserve that.”
The 30th Southeast Asian Games will be held in venues across Luzon from November 30 to December 11. The esports segment of the event will take place at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
More updates about Sibol can be found on its Facebook page. Select matches from the open qualifiers will also be streamed.
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