VVV Esports sweeps ALK to rule PPGL CODM tourney

Published December 24, 2020, 11:29 AM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

Photo from VVV Esports Facebook page

Proving to be one of the top teams in the country, Veni Vidi Vici (VVV) Esports cruised to a perfect run and conquered the Philippine Pro Gaming League (PPGL) Season 2 Call of Duty: Mobile tournament recently. 

VVV went on a seven-game winning streak in the playoffs including a 3-0 sweep of ALK Esports in the grand finals to claim its first championship in the largest multi-title local esports league and the P200,000 winner’s prize. 

“This win is important because it’s our first time winning PPGL and it is the last major Philippine tournament for a while,” said VVV coach Jericho Ambulo, whose squad was founded just three months ago. 

VVV crushed ALK in the first map, a Hardpoint at the Crossfire, 150-39, before taking a come-from-behind 6-4 victory in the Search & Destroy at the Summit to move on the cusp of the crown. 

Ambulo’s boys did not waste their chance for a sweet sweep as they dominated in the Domination at the Nuketown, 100-59, to cap their flawless run and snare their second title next to the ESGS 2020. 

Former Bren Esports standout Christopher Joaquin “Charly” Macaranas, 23, emerged as the MVP throughout the finals while captain Louis Paolo “Jeon” Bacolod and Russel Dave “HxS” Gonzales provided ample support. 

Maiko Lorenzo “NICKFLIP” Sato and Benedict “Krimz” Fruto also contributed to the victorious campaign. Kenneth Michael “Tamayo” Tamayo, captain of the younger VVV Conquerors, is part of the main team as the sixth man. 

VVV made it to the playoffs after ruling Group C against Garena server champion NRX Jeremiah 29:11. 

“The title run itself was special. We were down 0-1 to NRX Jeremiah 29:11 during the semifinals but the team came up clutch and won two straight advancing to the top four. After that, we went undefeated and won the whole tournament,” said Ambulo. 

“We were hungry and we deserve it. But our next goal is to qualify and win the Worlds (CODM World Championship),” he added. 

ALK Esports received P100,000 for its runner-up finish while third-placer NRX Unknown and fourth-placer Vigilae Esports got P50,000 apiece.