Rising powerhouse Neon Esports extended its reign in the PNXBET Invitationals organized by Lupon WXC after capping its fiery lower bracket run with a 3-0 beatdown of Smart Omega in the Season 3 grand finals on Tuesday night.
Emerging midlaner Erin Jasper “Yopaj” Ferrer and ace carry John Anthony “Natsumi-” Vargas spearheaded Neon’s utter domination of Omega to get its third straight PNXBET title in just 31 minutes per game in the finals.
After getting sent by Omega to the lower bracket, Neon coasted to a perfect campaign, pulling off 2-0 wins over Novus, Execration and Vice Esports en route to the finals sweep.
The black and yellow squad seized the champion’s prize of P250,000 out of the P400,000 purse of the eight-team pocket tournament.
Omega settled for P100,000 while third-placer Vice got P50,000.
Natsumi’s Morphling got things going for Neon in the series opener as he surged his way to 15 kills and 15 assists against three deaths in the 33-minute 44-13 win.
Yopaj then delivered with his Ember Spirit in Game 2, finishing with a 15-6-18 kill-death-assist record to power the 32-15 stomp in 32 minutes.
With Neon looking to hammer down the final nail in the coffin, the 19-year-old midlaner sustained his stellar play in Game 3 as his Batrider racked up a 17-1-22 slate in the 42-18 romp in 30 minutes.
Natsumi’s Phantom Lancer was a monster as well, putting up a perfect record of 14 kills and 16 assists.
Captain-soft support Andrei “debil_2000” Ong (also known as Skem), hard support Jaunuel “Jaunuel” Arcilla and offlaner Prieme Ejay “PlayHard” Maque also shone on their respective roles.
Yopaj emerged as the Grand Finals MVP with whopping averages of 14.7 kills and 19.0 assists with only 3.0 deaths.
A few hours later, Natsumi reached 11K MMR, joining the elite club that also has fellow Filipino stars Abed “Abed” Yusop of Evil Geniuses, Armel “Armel” Tabios and Kim “Gabbi” Santos of TNC and Karl “Karl” Baldovino of T1.
Neon is currently leading the Dota Pro Circuit (DPC)-Southeast Asia upper division with four wins in as many series.