SEA Games 2019 Esports Day 1: Host Philippines dominate at Starcraft II, edge out Thailand in Mobile Legends

Esports at the SEA Games
Esports at the SEA Games

The esports component of the SEA Games 2019 kicked off on 5 December as teams from Southeast Asia battled it out across different genres of esports titles in Manila at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.

Yahoo Southeast Asia looks at the results from Day 1.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang was split into two groups for the qualifying rounds played on 5 December.

Group A (with five countries) ended with Malaysia’s Team Bosskur top of the table after two draws and two wins.

Both Singapore’s EVOS Esports and Vietnam’s VEC Fantasy Main are tied next with one win and three draws. A tiebreak will be played on 6 December to determine which team will move to the next round, while Cambodia and Myanmar are out of the running.

Meanwhile, in Group B (which only has four countries), Team Indonesia topped the table with two wins and one loss, while The Philippines’s Sibol took the next qualifying spot with two draws and a win, after an exciting match against Thailand’s IDONOTSLEEPEsports that sent the home crowd wild.

The two teams met knowing that a draw would be enough for the host country, but Thailand needed to win to progress. The Thais took the first match, but the home team eventually came back to move to the next stage.

Starcraft II

Starcraft II was split into two groups for the qualifying rounds played on 5 December.

Group A ended with a clean sweep from Vietnam’s Tran "MeomaikA" Hong Phuc as he won all five games.

Malaysia’s Yap “Ranger” Kien Khun came in next with four wins and a loss, while Singapore’s Toh “Lobo” Wei Liang Alvin was third with three wins and two losses.

Group B also similarly ended with a clean sweep from The Philippines as Caviar Napoleon “EnDerr” Acampado won all five games. Indonesia’s Emmanuel “Quantel” Enrique ended second with four wins and a loss.

Singapore’s Thomas “Blysk” Kopankiewicz finished third with three wins and two losses, ensuring that Singapore would have 2 representatives in the lower brackets.

The top player of each group progresses to the upper brackets, while the second and third placing of each group advance to the lower brackets.


Hearthstone was split into two groups for the qualifying rounds played on 5 December.

Thailand’s Aukit “Patoyao” Kittikrairit came in top in Group A, winning four games and losing one. Both Malaysia and Vietnam went level next at three wins and two losses each. A tiebreaker was played to determine who would secure the second spot and advance into the semi-finals, with Vietnam’s Long Hoang winning 2-0.

Meanwhile in Group B, both Singapore and Indonesia were tied together at the top after four wins and a loss each.

Singapore’s Chew “Khaius” Khai Kiat had to compete against Indonesia’s Hendry Koentarto “Jothree” Handisurya for the second time in the same day in a tiebreaker to determine who would top the group. Jothree came out victorious and took the first spot.