Still hot off its Singapore Major campaign, OB x Neon Esports made short work of Singapore’s Team SOOS for a rousing start in the Asia Pacific Predator League on Tuesday, April 6.
Star carry John Anthony “Natsumi-” Vargas looked like he never skipped a beat despite missing the first Major of the year as he came through with a solid performance on his Bloodseeker.
Natsumi- was deemed “unfit to travel” to Singapore, forcing Neon to tap a stand-in in its former offlaner Rafael “Rappy” Sicat Palo who was eventually replaced by Singaporean player Yang “Deth” Wu Heng due to having “close contact” with a COVID-19 positive case.
The 19-year-old 11K MMR player racked up nine kills and 18 assists against a lone death with his BS in Neon’s 48-12 demolition of the Singaporean squad in just 26 minutes and 26 seconds.
Andrei “debil_2000” Ong (also known as Skem) switched back from carry to his offlane role but remained a killing machine as he collected 14 kills and five assists with only a single death.
Position-5 support Januel “Jaunuel” Arcilla on his Lion tallied a whopping 10-3-17 kill-death-assist record, position-4 Prieme Ejay “PlayHard” Maque on his Tusk posted 8-3-22 while SG Major breakout midlaner Japoy “Yopaj” Ferrer on his Batrider put up 7-4-19.
Skem, Yopaj, PlayHard and Jaunuel are still on quarantine after their fiery finish in the Major hosted by ONE Esports and PGL from March 27 to April 4.
Neon cruised to the Top 6 and gave Team Secret a hard time before taking home $25,000 (more than P1.2 million) on top of 300 Dota Pro Circuit points.