CCE champion LPU Pirate Esports takes part in Sibol selection qualifiers

Reigning two-time Collegiate Center for Esports (CCE) champion Lyceum of the Philippines University Pirate Esports was glad for the chance to play opposite some of the best Mobile Legends: Bang Bang teams in the country after it was invited to compete in the Sibol national team selection qualifiers.

Lyceum received an invitation from the Philippine Esports Organization (PESO) to be one of a few amateur teams to take part in the qualifiers, which determined the pool from which the esports body will choose representatives to send in the ML:BB men’s division event in the Cambodia Southeast Asian Games in May.

The Pirates were bannered by back-to-back CCE MVP Mark Kenneth “Mark” Delos Reyes, Marc Joseph “Marc” Balcita, Remarch “Lust?” Eusebio, Ralph Joshua “Alas” Araz, and Merlin “MERL1N” Lintan.

Even though they would miss the cut as they fell at the hands of AP Esports with a 2-0 defeat in the quarterfinals, it was a rare opportunity for the collegiate team like Lyceum to be able to compete on that level.

The qualifiers saw powerhouse clubs like reigning MPL Philippines champion Blacklist International and newly-minted world champion Echo Philippines compete, but it was Bren Esports, also a former world champion from the M2, that ended up ruling the tourney.

Players from the other Top 4 teams may also be selected by Bren head coach Francis “Duckeyyy” Glindro to join the Sibol roster. Those teams include GameLab, Onic Philippines, and M4 champs Echo.

“We are gracious for the acknowledgment that the PESO has given CCE and we hope to inspire more colleges and universities in the country to follow suit and embrace esports as a legitimate sport,” said CCE president Stanley Lao of Lyceum’s participation in the qualifiers.

—JMB, GMA Integrated News

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