SIBOL’s Dota 2 squad has finally received the much-needed reinforcement it sought, as they have enlisted one of the best support players on the continent for the upcoming Asian Games.
On Wednesday night, SIBOL’s general manager, Jab Escutin, confirmed to Tiebreaker Times that Djardel Mampusti, also known as DJ, will be donning the Philippines’ colors in the Asiad, which is scheduled to officially open on September 23.
The 28-year-old Filipino Dota 2 star’s streak of six consecutive appearances at The International, set to take place this October, was recently halted after Bleed Esports failed to qualify for the game’s most prestigious event. They were eliminated by Geek Fam in the qualifiers last August.
This development has opened the door for DJ to represent the Philippines for the first time since the SIBOL esports national team was formed in 2019.
“I cannot express how important the addition of Dj is to our Asian Games DOTA Team,” Escutin told Tiebreaker Times.
“We all know that he is one of the best Pinoy international DOTA Players in the world and having him with our team greatly boosts our team’s confidence in the upcoming Asian Games,” he added.
DJ, considered one of the best support players in the Dota 2 scene, is undeniably a welcome addition to the SIBOL squad, which is gearing up to take on powerhouse squads from China, Malaysia, and Thailand. All these teams have fielded their best players for the inaugural esports event in the Asiad.
The former Fnatic star will join forces with Roi “Enryu” Ladines, Bryle “cml” Alvizo, Eljohn “Akashi” Andales, Marvin “Boomy” Rushton, and Mc Nicholson “Mac” Villanueva.
Joseph “JL” Brazal is set to lead SIBOL once again.
SIBOL is coming off a disappointing campaign in the IESF World Championships, where they finished 9th-12th.