TEAM Liyab’s Caviar “Enderr” Acampado beat his Singaporean opponent in the finals to win the StarCraft II gold medal in the esports event of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.
Acampado beat Thomas “Blysk” Kopankiewicz 4-1 in the title match at The Arena in San Juan.
“I’m really happy and relieved that I didn’t disappoint our countrymen and all of our fans and supporters. My opponents were really tough but fortunately my preparation along with the program we had prior to the SEA Games helped me a lot. This is for all who believed in us,” Enderr said.
Acampado’s gold was the third for Pinoy esports campaigners in the games, coming on the heels of similar triumphs scored by the Mobile Legends Bang Bang and Dota 2 squads earlier.
Enderr, one of several Team Liyab mainstays who made it to the national esports team, topped Group B with an unblemished record.
Team Liyab is the professional esports team of Globe in partnership with Mineski. Enderr topped his group, including a win over Kopankiewicz in the eliminations, to advance to the knockout round with a perfect record.
In the semis, Enderr had to dig deep against a very familiar opponent and tormentor in the winners’ bracket. Against Vietnam’s Tran Hong Phuc, Enderr proved steadier in the clutch to eke out a thrilling win and advance to the gold medal match.
Kopankiewicz bounced back from his earlier loss to Enderr by beating local bet Derick Santos and compatriot Toh Wei Liang Alvin in four games to clinch the other finals ticket.
“Enderr’s hard work, perseverance and faith finally got rewarded. And it couldn’t come at any better place than the biggest sporting event in the region. Hopefully, his win will solidify further the acceptance and recognition of esports as a legitimate discipline in the country and solid source of gold medals in future Southeast Asian Games. This augurs well for the further development of esports in the Philippines,” said Ernest Cu, Globe president and CEO.