It’s that time (the only time) of the year where Singaporeans show off their patriotism and belt out national day classics like “Home”. To celebrate, we give you an overview of Singapore’s best esports moments to pay tribute to the country’s 52nd birthday. Local teams and players continue to make massive ripples in the esports scene at home and abroad, as well as inspire others with their past actions and accomplishments to do the same.
The Rising Stars
1. DeadlyKittens Are Our HGC Southeast Asia Representatives – Again!
One time just isn’t enough for this team: the Singapore-owned DeadlyKittens did it again at the Heroes of the Storm Global Championship Southeast Asia Season 3. They swiped the Eastern Clash #2 qualifier from their opponent, the same Resurgence squad they defeated in the HGC SEA Season 2 Grand Finals. And they won flawlessly, waltzing into the Grand Finals with a 6-0 record and zero games dropped.
Relive some of their moments here:
2. Dream[S]cape Soars To The DreamHack Masters Malmö
Dreams do indeed come true! Singaporean team dream[S]cape came up against Chinese powerhouse TYLOO for the best-of-three Grand Finals in the Asia-Oceania Qualifier, but that did not crush them. Despite losing 11-4 to TYLOO on their second map, Overpass, the boys pulled through on the final map, leading by 12-3 in the first half. They cinched the qualifier for DreamHack Masters Malmö, taking place later this year in Sweden.
Watch the best of their insane kills on their page:
The plays that made it all possible. Benjamin "moxie" KouNevin "splashske" AwAnthony 'ImpressioN' LimBenedict "ßeŋκai" TanKumaresan "Tommy" Ramani
Posted by dream[S]cape on Saturday, 1 July 2017
3. Singapore Will Host SEA’s Largest Fighting Game Tournament – Again!
Fans of fighting video games, unite! Come October 14 and 15, the best players will once again gather at GameStart 2017 for the South East Major 2017, fighting for a prize pool of over US$50,000. A quick recap – SEAM 2017 features three major tournaments: Capcom Pro Tour Asia Regional Finals, Tekken World Tour Asia Pacific Regional Championships and Windjammers Asia Championships.
With notable players and amateurs alike in the match lineup (including Singapore’s very own Xian), we’re expecting an electrifying showdown at Suntec City this October.
Legacies Left Behind
As we celebrate the nation’s progress, we also pause to reflect: where would we be without our predecessors? Here’s one for the teams that did us proud in Singapore’s esports history.
4. Team Impunity cinched 3rd place in FIFA Online 3
Singapore’s Team Impunity – now flying the Team Flash banner – brought US$60,000 (SG$84,840) home after claiming 3rd place in Fifa Online 3: EA Champions Cup Winter 2016 in December. After an uphill battle with Korean team Adidas A in the semi-finals, Impunity went on to demolish tournament favourite United Console 3-0.
5. Team Faceless – SEA’s Top Dog
They may have disbanded, but their legacy lives on. In their one-year stint, Team Faceless kept an impressive DOTA2 track record.
Here’s the quick rundown: Faceless cinched qualifiers for Boston Major 2016, The Summit 6 and Manila Masters. They placed third at DOTA Pit League Season 5 and went on to finish in the top 4 at the Manila Masters before disbanding in July 2017.
6. Scythe Gaming & Singapore Sentinels: The Pioneers
Both Scythe Gaming and Singapore Sentinels (SGS) were pioneers of their time. SGS boasted a 75% win rate at the peak of their League of Legends career, while Scythe placed 3rd at DOTA 2’s first-ever The International, putting Singapore on the esports map.
We might be eight months in to 2017, but our local gamers are just getting ready for the big win. We’re expecting an outstanding performance from DeadlyKittens and dream[S]cape later in the year. Onward, Singapore!
Top image credit: Andrew JK Tan