All-female Bren Esports claims championship crown in FSL Dota 2 Open

Published May 11, 2021, 5:39 PM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

Photo from Bren Esports

Bren Esports showed the might of Philippine Dota as it pulled off a reverse sweep over Foxy Gaming of Thailand, 2-1, to seize the championship in the 2021 Female Esports League (FSL) Dota 2 Open over the weekend.

Bren bounced back from a series-opening defeat with midlaner Meeri “Meeri” Mindajao on her Tiny and offlaner Hazel “Hezelya” Mata on her Dragon Knight leading the charge in the 35-13 rout of Foxy in 34 minutes in Game 2.

Meeri and Hezelya each hit 10 kills to fuel Bren’s onslaught while Singaporean hard support stand-in Tan “Jia” Jiahui’s Ancient Apparition chipped in 26 assists to go with five kills.

Captain-soft support Johanna “Ligaya” Sta. Maria stepped up with her Lina in the title-clinching Game 3 as she picked up 11 kills and 11 assists against two deaths even as Meeri’s Void Spirit went perfect with 10 kills on top of 17 assists in the 30-minute 34-9 romp.

Hard carry Gillian “Gill” Lumberio’s Lifestealer (four kills and seven assists) armed with Desolator and Assault Cuirass took charge in taking down structures by dealing 14.1K building damage.

Along with the crown, Ligaya and the rest of Bren bagged the SGD 350 (over P12,000) champion’s prize in the 13-team regional tournament.

“Masaya kasi hanggang ngayon wala pa rin nakakatalo sa PH team sa FSL (We’re glad because until now no one could beat a PH team in the FSL),” Ligaya told Manila Bulletin in a quick chat.

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“Kaya looking forward ako na madami pang sumali na girls teams sa FSL galing sa iba pang bansa para mas maging exciting ang mga girls tournament (I’m looking forward to more girls teams from other countries joining the FSL so that girls tournaments will be much more exciting),” she added.

Ligaya, whose Bren competed in The National Season 2, also said that their team chemistry became more solid during the FSL tourney where they beat GodHela, Queensentials and Lugiami on their way to the title series.

Three-time FSL champion Pacific Pink, another PH squad, settled for a third-place finish after losing to Foxy in the lower bracket finals.