(UPDATE) National esports team Sibol's Mobile Legends: Bang Bang completed their bid for back-to-back gold medals by defeating rivals Indonesia, 3-1 in the finals of the 31st Southeast Asian Games, Friday afternoon in Hanoi, Vietnam.
This was a repeat of their win against Indonesia in 2019, when the Philippines hosted the pilot esports event of the biennial meet.
Sibol, bannered by world champions Blacklist International, trampled over their powerhouse rivals represented by an all-star team in a hotly contested showdown.
Indonesia had already started to scale up come the 15th minute, as it started to adapt to a dominant Sibol in team fights.
Sibol managed to do a near-wipeout down Indonesia's base, and they were already poised to secure Game 1 within 23 minutes of play, but Rivaldi "R7" Fatah resurrected just in time to hold things off.
Sibol managed to find the opening they needed in the 25th minute through another wipeout.
Indonesia evened the series after having a good early game, as Sibol's late game heroes failed to scale up on time.
With odds out of their hands in Game 3, Sibol clawed their way out of a slow start, behind the late game exploits of Salic "Hadji" Imam's Xavier.
They secured the gold medal in Game 4, through a team fight that saw Lee Howard "Owl" Gonzales flicker in and fire a Wesker's Elation for a triple kill, before making their death march to destroy their rival's base.
As a result, Indonesia will take home the silver medal while Singapore takes home bronze.
Blacklist secured the seat to represent the Philippines at the SEA Games after coming from behind to top Nexplay EVOS in the Sibol qualifier grand finals.
The tournament marked Johnmar "OhMyV33nus" Villaluna and Danerie James "Wise" Del Rosario's return to professional play after sitting out the ML:BB Professional League in Season 9.
Blacklist were without mainstays Kiel "OHEB" Soriano and Edward "EDWARD" Jay Dapadap, who were barred from competing due to age restrictions. Owl and Dominic "Dominic" Soto were sent in their place, and brought out stellar performances.
Russel Aaron “Eyon” Usi was the reserve, filling in for Salic "Hadji" Imam in some matches.