SEA Games: All-female Wild Rift squad GrindSky Eris sweeps group stages

Angela Coloma, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 17 2022 10:03 PM | Updated as of May 18 2022 01:05 AM

The Filipina Wild Rift squad ran the table on the initial competition that included Thailand, Singapore, Laos and Vietnam on Tuesday. Handout
The Filipina Wild Rift squad ran the table on the initial competition that included Thailand, Singapore, Laos and Vietnam on Tuesday. Handout

MANILA – All-women’s League of Legends: Wild Rift squad Grindsky Eris on Tuesday delivered Sibol’s best performance yet in the 31st Southeast Asian Games, sweeping the group stages to inch closer to the country’s first medal for esports in this year’s edition of the biennial meet.

A near wipe-out highlighted by Filipina April "Aeae" Valiente's double kill left Thailand short-handed, en route to securing the first win in a hotly-contested opening match. 

"We've been competing in multiple tournaments and Thailand is one of our strongest opponents. We can see that we had a hard game," Christine "Ray Ray" Natividad said in an interview after their match. 

They next secured victory over a valiant Singapore squad, wiping out the entire squad come the 15th minute to find the opening they needed to dismantle the opponent's Nexus a minute later. 

GrindSky Eris banked on good early game advantages against Laos and hosts Vietnam to cap off their group stage campaign undefeated. 

The Filipina squad racked up a 27-6 kill lead to assert dominance against Laos, sending the latter out of semis contention. 

They then finished off Vietnam as they snowballed off to a good start, in the last match of the night. 

The final stages will be held beginning Wednesday, with the Philippines facing Thailand in a best-of-five series from 12 P.M. 

Meanwhile, after 10 matches in 2 days of skirmishes with rivals across the Southeast Asian region, Sibol's participants for PUBG Mobile individual mode failed to secure a podium finish for the Philippines.

Philippines' closest to top 3 placement in the PUBG Mobile Individual category was Reimon "Rymon" Casido at 5th.

He earned 92 points in total, only 12 points away from the gold medalist from Vietnam’s “ViCoi” with 104.

“Alan” of Indonesia and “Stoned” of Thailand nabbed silver and bronze for the category, earning 102 and 100 points, respectively.

Hopes are not lost for Pinoy PUBGM fans as the group tournament commences tomorrow, May 18.