Dota 2 To Debut As A Medal Event In 2019 SEA Games
Posted 4th September 2019 By: Derpina    249 Views
Esports News – Southeast Asia (SEA) produces some of the best Dota 2 international teams and players. From Valve’s The International 9, we have witnessed impressive performances from TNC Predator and Mineski. Although they didn’t win the title, both teams defeated other powerhouse representatives from different regions.
Now, there’s no denying that SEA is one of the biggest regions supporting esports and Dota 2. This fact will be proven true once again at the upcoming 2019 SEA Games where Dota 2 and other esports games will debut as a medal event.
Esports in SEA Games
Last year’s SEA Games also introduced esports to the line-up, but as a non-medal event featuring Pro Evolution Soccer, Hearthstone, Starcraft II, Clash Royale, League of Legends, and Arena of Valor. This year, there are more esports titles in the competition. What’s more, the board finally accepted esports as an official part of the competition. The list includes Dota 2, Arena of Valor, Mobile Legends, Hearthstone, Starcraft II, and Tekken 7.
The 2019 SEA Games will take place at the Filoil Flying V Sports Arena in San Juan, Philippines. The event officially opens the gate on November 30, but all esports competitions will run from December 1 to 6. Most countries from SEA will send their respective esports teams, particularly Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, and the Philippines itself.
Global gaming peripheral company Razer is one of the event’s main sponsors. Razer will provide the hardware, software, and other equipment for all esports games. Competing players who succeed with the given equipment and their personal strategy receive a gold, silver, or bronze medal.
The committee behind the 2019 SEA Games’ esports category has yet to reveal the complete details of the competition, but reports confirmed that there will be a training roster called ‘Sibol’—the Filipino translation for growth.
There are conflicts in the lineup of players joining the Sibol training roster. International teams, even the ones in SEA, expect Valve to release the schedule for the upcoming Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) season anytime soon. So, players joining the 2019 SEA Games and the next DPC season might have schedule conflicts. In the meantime, here are some of the professional Filipino players who ‘might’ join the esports competition in the 2019 SEA Games:
Carlo “Kuku” Palad
Timothy John “Tims” Randrup
Kim “Gabbi” Santos
Armel “Armel” Tabios
Nico “Eyyou” Barcelon
Djardel Jicko B. “DJ” Mampusti
Marc Polo Luis “Raven” Fausto
Abed Azel “Abed” Yusop
Michael “ninjaboogie” Ross Jr.
Ryan Jay “Bimbo” Qui