Esports: Ateneo gamer crowned Red Bull R1v1r Runes champ


Posted at Jul 07 2020 01:20 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- After a month of intense competition, Zedrik "Jeff" Dizon of the Ateneo de Manila University was named the champion of this year's Red Bull R1v1 Runes competition.

Regional qualifiers were held across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, gathering DOTA 2 players in the country to compete in 1v1 matches.

Dizon made his tournament debut in the Luzon qualifier, and initially found little success early on with a battle-focused approach to gameplay. He changed tactics, studying his opponents' use of the push strategy.

Dizon then devised alternatives using the Meteor Hammer, an approach that led him to the national finals against DSLU.Quanon.

When the dust settled, Dizon was crowned the 2020 R1v1r Runes Champion with a score of 4-0, and a set win of 100%.

As the newly crowned champion, Dizon is now scheduled to face Johan "N0tail" Sundstein, team captain of two-time The International 2019 Champions, Team OG, at Red Bull R1v1r Runes Civil War on Monday, July 20, at KuyaNic's Facebook Page at 6 p.m.

N0tail is one of the most recognizable figures in esports. After establishing himself in the international DOTA 2 scene, Sundstein co-founded OG and would lead the team to four major DOTA championships and back-to-back The International Championships.

Civil War features an under card with four matches consisting of local and international DOTA 2 players. 

(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website).