Philippine esports Team SIBOL has retained their title in Mobile Legends Bang Bang as they bagged another gold medal during the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam.
The team, represented by Blacklist International, defeated rivals Indonesia, 3-1, in a best-of-five finals.
Leading the Philippine squad were veterans Johnmar "OhMyV33NUS" Villaluna and Danerie James "Wise" Del Rosario. Blacklist's other mainstays Kiel "OHEB" Soriano and Edward Jay Dapadap were unable to compete due to age restrictions, but were replaced by Lee "Owl" Gonzales and Dominic Soto.
Gold medals go well with BLCK.
The 31st Southeast Asian Games has been DECODED. Blacklist SIBOL is your GOLD MEDALIST for MLBB! 🏅 These players and coaching staff have made their country proud. #BreakTheCode | #BLCKforGOLD pic.twitter.com/cHBa521JIZ— Blacklist International (@BLACKLISTINTL) May 20, 2022
Team SIBOL first won gold for MLBB during the SEA Games' first-ever esports medal event in 2019. With the latest win, the Philippines remains undefeated in the Moonton MOBA game.
"#BreakTheCode" and "BLCKforGOLD" began trending on Twitter, with over 25.9k and 24.4k tweets, respectively as the event went down.
The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) extended their well wishes to the team, saying, "Congratulations to Team SIBOL for finishing strong with a gold medal win in the Mobile Legends: BAng Bang event! Mabuhay!"
Congratulations to Team Sibol for finishing strong with a gold medal win in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang event! 🥇
Mabuhay!!! 🇵🇭#POC #SEAGames2021 #TeamPilipinas
📷 Blacklist International FB pic.twitter.com/AIDFwdE42b— Philippine Olympic Committee - POC (@OlympicPHI) May 20, 2022
Tier One Entertainment co-founder Alodia Gosiengiao also congratulated the team on Twitter.