Natsumi- returns as Neon demolishes Singaporean foe in Predator League

Published April 6, 2021, 5:44 PM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

Photo from Predator Gaming Facebook page

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. 

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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.