MANILA—Thailand gave the Philippines' DoTA 2 team a scare, but the home side represented by Sibol pulled through with a 3-2 thriller to win the Southeast Asian Games gold medal on Monday.

Mc Nicholson ”Mc” Villanueva, John Anthony ”Natsumi” Vargas, Jun ”Bok” Kanehara, Marvin Salvador ”Boomy” Rushton, Bryle Jacob ”CML” Alvizo, Van Jerico ”Van” Manalaysay and James Erice ”Erice” Guerra teamed up to give the hosts the victory.

The Filipinos asserted their dominance in the first game, firing on all cylinders to quickly claim the first match at 1-0. 

Thailand, however, countered with a dominant game of its own to level at 1-1, before the Philippines bounced back in Game 3. 

The visitors leveled to force a decider but the Philippines showed tenacity with a resounding Game 5 win.

After falling behind big in terms of kills, a gritty Filipino squad caught fire midway in the deciding game on its way to giving the Philippines its second esports gold medal in these Games after winning Mobile Legends.



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