Filipino Esports has been on the upward trajectory despite various setbacks over the last few years. Over the course of this period of time, they’ve had sporadic success stories here and there; but they were always the bridesmaid, never the bride. However, that appears to have finally come to a close.
The past week was a landmark one for Filipino esports. Three of their countrymen competed in three different esports tournaments and emerged on top claiming a total prize pool of ~$165,000 USD.
|Tournament||Game||Team||Prize Money in USD|
|ESL One Hamburg 2019||Dota 2||TNC Predator||$120,000|
|ESL Clash of Nations Bangkok 2019||Dota 2||Team Adroit||$20,000|
|Garena SEA Invitational 2019||League of Legends||Liyab Esports||$19,548.82 (?1 Million)|
ESL One Hamburg 2019
Image Courtesy: TIMS
Perhaps the biggest victory amongst these, TNC Predator’s scintillating triumph at ESL One Hamburg 2019 is perhaps the first time a Filipino team has been crowned as champions in front of a Western Crowd. They also achieved this feat without dropping a single series against their opponents and have been recognized as a Tier 1 team heading into the upcoming Major.
ESL Clash of Nations Bangkok 2019
Image Courtesy: ESL Asia
Hamburg was not the only place to play host to an ESL tournament this week. Bangkok played host to the ESL Clash of Nations Bangkok 2019 featuring the finest Dota 2 teams in all of the Asia Pacific region. Team Adroit (who will be representing the country at the SEA Games 2019) managed to emerge victorious after a tumultuous start to the tournament.
Garena SEA Invitational 2019
It wasn’t Filipino Dota 2 fans who had all the joy either this week. Filipino League of Legends also had the opportunity to experience it, provided Liyab Esports could emerge on top against their dangerous foes. The team duly delivered with a dominating run that saw them go on a 5-0 rampage to claim the championship.
This represents a landmark moment in the history of Filipino Esports and bodes well for the country considering the fast-approaching SEA Games 2019 which will feature esports tournaments for the first time in history.
A good performance from the country’s representatives in this tournament could go a long way and perhaps establish the Philippines as a dominant entity in the realm of SEA esports.