Indonesia has done it!
Team Indonesia came out on top of the International Esports Federation’s 14th World Esports Championship 2022 (IESF 2022) Mobile Legends: Bang Bang event after a triumphant 3-0 sweep over tournament favorite SIBOL in the grand final on Sunday, December 11.
The ID squad, composed of members from EVOS Legends and its MDL team EVOS Icon, did not lose a single game to SIBOL in the tournament, which comprise the starting five of three-time MPL PH champion Blacklist International.
After defeating SIBOL in the upper bracket quarterfinal in a decisive 2-0 victory, Indonesia dispatched Argentina and Cambodia to secure the first grand final slot. In the lower bracket, SIBOL took down Argentina, Malaysia, and Cambodia, eventually securing a rematch.
Indonesia did not drop a single match against SIBOL at IESF’s 14th WEC tournament
Per IESF regulation, Team ID automatically secured one game in the grand final because they qualified from the upper bracket.
Up by one, Indonesia drafted Jabran “Branz” Wiloko’s signature Beatrix and Rizqi “Saykots” Damank’s Yu Zhong. On the other hand, SIBOL picked Benedetta for Edward “PHI.Dapadap” Dapadap and Lesley for Kiel “PHI.Soriano” Soriano.
It was a back-and-forth affair in the early game, with the gold laners of both teams dictating the tempo. However, Indonesia pulled away in the mid to late game thanks to multiple successful Iron Hooks from Rachmad “DreamS” Wahyudi’s Franco.
After killing the Enhanced Lord at the 16-minute mark, Indonesia initiated a team fight in the midlane to try and end the game. SIBOL tried to defend, but DreamS caught Salic “Hadji” Imam’s Pharsa behind the tower.
Branz also secured a triple kill, securing the 2-0 match point. He was hailed as the player of the game for his flawless 8/0/6 KDA on his signature Beatrix pick.
SIBOL made use of their early-game team fight advantage and was able to put the momentum in their favor in the early game.
However, the wombo combo of Saykots’ Yu Zhong and DreamS’ Kadita was too much to handle for the backline of the Filipino squad. Even then, SIBOL was able to drag the game past 20 minutes.
The deadlock was broken after the Filipinos secured the Evolved Lord 26 minutes into the game, but at the expense of Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna, who perished in the team fight. Indonesia seized their numbers advantage and pushed the midlane, despite the Lord marching toward their base.
The risky play paid off handsomely. They wiped out three SIBOL members in the process, leaving Danerie James “Wise” Del Rosario as the only member alive. After killing the Lord, Indonesia made a beeline for SIBOL’s base to secure the 3-0 sweep.
With the win, Team Indonesia takes home US$50,000. Follow ONE Esports on Facebook for more Mobile Legends: Bang Bang esports news and updates.