Manila Standard Sports posted July 19, 2019 at 09:55 pm
Top gamers Bren Limitless and Dream High Gaming emerged as overall champions in the first-ever “Juicy Legends Tournament” that culminated at Isetann Recto Mall in Manila.
The two-month “Juicy Legends Tournament,” staged by ULVL Gaming and sponsored by ARC Refreshments Corp.’s Juicy Lemon brand, served as an e-sport battleground for avid gamers of the popular Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.
Bren Limitless took over the Pro Division category and bagged consecutive wins in a best-of-five game against competitor Aether. The team won the coveted trophy and P100,000 cash prize.
“Masaya ako kasi at least ‘yung effort namin, yung mga practice namin gabi-gabi, ay nagkaroon ng bunga (I’m happy because all our efforts, the practices that we did every night, resulted in something great),” said Christian Provido, Bren Limitless’ team captain and also known as Rafflesia.
Provido was also grateful for the people behind the tournament for making the event possible. “Thankful kami sa ULVL and Juicy Lemon kasi kung ‘di dahil sa partnership nila, hindi mabubuo itong tournament na ito at wala rin kami rito (We’re thankful for ULVL and Juicy Lemon because without their partnership, this tournament will not be formed and we won’t be where we are now).”
Known as the underdog in tournaments, Dream High Gaming, on the other hand, proved detractors wrong when the team topped the Amateur Division and took home P50,000.
Liquid and Finesse Titans ranked second and third place, respectively, with P20,000 and P10,000 each.
“Sobrang sarap ma-experience na maglaro sa mall tapos maraming tao. Kada laki ng mga tournaments, palaki rin nang palaki ang community. Mas ma-aappreciate ng mga tao ang Mobile Legends not as an addiction, but as a serious and fun sport (It felt really great to experience playing in a mall with an audience. As tournaments grow bigger, the community also grows. More people appreciate that Mobile Legends is not just an addiction, but learn that it is a serious and fun sport),” said Allen Baloy, also known as Greed of Dream High Gaming.
Hosts Roadfill, from the popular comic duo Moymoy Palaboy and founder of ULVL Gaming, and Kimbee hyped up the event as fans and avid gamers witnessed the battles between teams. Being a gamer since his childhood, Roadfill mentioned that he has always wanted to establish a group that supports e-sports gamers in the country.
Advocacy for sports development and the values associated with it pushed ARC Refreshments Corp., the company behind “RC Cola Liga ng Bayan” 3×3 Basketball Tournament, to support ULVL’s “Juicy Legends Tournament”.
“We really wanted to do e-sports and we were looking for a good partner to tie up with Juicy Lemon. We figured this tournament would be a good fit. E-sport now is gaining attraction. We wanted to encourage that and to promote sports of different types. E-sports promote teamwork, sportsmanship, and resilience. I think the younger generation has different ways of understanding, doing and showing these values. Playing sports and e-sports would be some of the effective ways to hone them more,” said James Loverio, ARC Refreshments Corporation’s Head of Marketing.
Juicy Lemon is the refreshing, low-calorie, lemon-flavored soft drink of ARC Refreshments Corp., the manufacturer of other well-loved beverages namely RC Cola, Seetrus, Fruit Soda Orange, Arcy’s Rootbeer and Rite ‘N Lite.