SEA Games: All-women Wild Rift team bags PH’s first esports gold in Hanoi

Angela Coloma, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 18 2022 10:41 PM | Updated as of May 18 2022 11:50 PM

Sibol's all-women League of Legends: Wild Rift team, bannered by GrindSky Eris, pose for a photo after taking the first gold medal for the national esports team in the 2022 Southeast Asian Games. Courtesy: Sibol 
Sibol's all-women League of Legends: Wild Rift team, bannered by GrindSky Eris, pose for a photo after taking the first gold medal for the national esports team in the 2022 Southeast Asian Games. Courtesy: Sibol 

MANILA (UPDATE) - GrindSky Eris took home the first gold medal for national esports team Sibol in the 31st Southeast Asian Games after dismantling Singapore, 3-0 in the grand finals Wednesday evening. 

Charize “Yugen” Doble, Gianna “Jeeya” Llanes, Christine “Ray Ray” Natividad, Rose Ann “Hell Girl” Robles, and Angel Danica “Angelailaila” Lozada are Sibol's first women medalists in the SEA Games, since the biennial meet included esports in 2019. 

As Singapore looked to force a Game 4, Doble eked out a quadra kill to erase their opponents' gold lead and help the squad get back in the game. 

Singapore stole the Baron Nashor in an attempt to turn around the game, but it was not enough, as another team fight win in the 22nd minute became the key for the Filipina squad to finally destroy Singapore's Nexus and secure the SEA Games gold medal. 

Singapore will take home the silver medal as a result, while Thailand will take home bronze, after defeating hosts Thailand in the bronze medal match. 

This is the first overall medal for Sibol in this year's edition of the biennial meet, after the FreeFire, men's Wild Rift, PUBG (individual) and FIFA Online 4 squads failed their medal bids last week. 

Before entering the Grand Finals, the Philippines dismantled Thailand, 3-1, in the semifinals, weathering through the Thai's early game scares to emerge finalists. 

They also swept the group stages with four unanswered wins against all the competing teams. 

The all-women's Wild Rift team is considered a powerhouse in the sub-region, having been crowned defending champions of the Southeast Asia Esports Championship 2021 Wild Rift Women’s Tournament held last January. 

GrindSky Eris are the lone Filipina esports contingents in the SEA Games, taking the slot in the national team after defeating GGTY in the grand finals of the Sibol national team qualifiers. 

Their male counterparts in the SEA Games, LF Adoption, failed to make it into the semifinals of their own tournament. 

This is also the first time the SEA Games included the title in the biennial tilt, since the pilot tournament was held in the Philippines in 2019.