Filipino representatives in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang clinched gold medal against Indonesia late Sunday 3-2 in the inaugural staging of eSports in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan City.
Dubbed Team Sibol, the local bets trailed early in the best-of-five series 1-2 but fought back to stun the Indonesian team that has veterans from the world championship of the popular mobile game last month.
The Filipinos took the first game but the Indons bounced back with back-to-back triumphs to move a win away from securing the gold.
Led by Karl Gabriel “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno and his hero Esmeralda, the locals held their ground in the thrilling fourth game, setting the stage for what everybody thought would be a down-the-wire battle in fifth.
But the Filipinos surged to a 9-1 edge early on and clinched the gold in 15 minutes.
Thailand took the gold in the Arena of Valor with a 3-0 win over Indonesia Monday.