Open qualifiers for the national esports team, Sibol for the upcoming Southeast Asia Games is on the way.

This past weekend, the qualifiers for Dota 2, Hearthstone, and StarCraft II concluded. While the qualifiers for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang will happen on August 14-16, Arena of Valor and Tekken 7 will be held on August 17-18.

For selection purposes, the top two teams from Dota 2, the top two players from Hearthstone, and the top three players from StarCraft II will be included in the Sibol training pool. On the second batch of qualifiers, the top two teams from Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, the top team from Arena of Valor, and the top six players from Tekken 7 will advance into the training pool.

Once the Sibol training pool is complete, each player will be evaluated based on their mastery of their respective esport title as well as their compatibility with the rest of the team, among other factors.

In charge for the selection process and the handling of the teams are the assigned coaches and mangers for each game and will be building up our players for this coming December.

Dota 2

  • Manager: Jim Paulo Sy
  • Coach: John Paolo “SNDATA” Bago

StarCraft II

  • Manager: Jess Joaustine “JackDReaper” Tamboboy
  • Coach: Mark Ryan “eXoBLaZeR” Rapisura

Arena of Valor

  • Manager: Brian “Neme” Victa
  • Coach: Rafael “Cyriux” Albert

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

  • Manager: Leo Andrew “Jab” Escutin
  • Coaches: Michelle “Mits” Liwanag and Brian “Panda” Lim

Tekken 7

  • Manager: Ron “Hot-E” Muyot
  • Coach: Djamille “Naturelover” San Juan

Hearthstone

  • Manager: Richard “Pompi” Castillo
  • Coach: Jan Marvin “Chalk” Zaldivar

A total pool of around 74 players will be the final expected result after all the qualifiers have concluded. With the total number of players being trimmed down to 27 members, seven for each team games like Dota 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Arena of Valor, while two players for each individual games which are namely, StarCraft II, Hearthstone, and Tekken 7 by early September.

Razer has partnered with the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Esports Union (PSEU) to help drive this search,

Esports has been at the heart of Razer since the beginning, As the leading brand in esports, we have supported countless global events, teams, and athletes over the years and continue to push Esports to new heights. Now we are very excited to help esports enter a new era, where it will be a medalled event for the first time in the SEA Games.

Says David Tse, Global Esports Director at Razer.

We are very excited to have Razer as our partner, the brand has been a consistent proponent of the recognition and legitimacy of esports around the world. With their support, as well as our other partners, the PSEU is confident that the qualifiers for Sibol will bring out the best and most talented esports athletes in the country. We stand firm in our goal of SEA Games gold, and we as a team pledge to support Sibol every step of the way.

Says Ms. Jane Basas, PSEU co-Chairman and President of Cignal TV.

The PSEU also partnered with Mountain Dew as its official power-up drink. Mountain Dew is not new to esports, and they want to continue their commitments to the industry by pledging support to Sibol.

Select matches of the qualifiers will be streamed live on the Sibol Esports Facebook page. Updates on the team and more information can be found on the official website and on the other social media pages (Twitter, Instagram).