Filipino teams Blacklist Rivalry and Team Secret were crowned champions of Dota 2 and VALORANT, respectively, at the recently concluded Asia Pacific Predator League 2024 Grand Finals.
Blacklist Rivalry prevailed over fellow Filipino team Execration in the Dota 2 grand finals, taking home a cash prize of USD$65,000. Execration received $20,000, while third and fourth place finishers Team Aster (China) and IHC Esports (Mongolia) received $7,500 each.
Meanwhile, Team Secret was in full control of the Japanese FAV Gaming team during the VALORANT finals, with Adrian “invy” Reyes continuing to be the brightest spot for the team. Team Secret, also known as the “The Adobo Gang” among its fans, won its first LAN trophy and Predator Shield since the inception of its VALORANT team.
Team Secret went home with the $65,000 prize pool, while FAV Gaming won $20,000 for their performance. Third and fourth placers BOOM Esports from Indonesia and Team Flash from Vietnam also received $7,500 each.
Merits were also given to exceptional players who stood out during the competition. In Dota 2, the award went to carry player Polo “Raven” Fausto, and in VALORANT, it was presented to duelist player Jeremy “Jremy” Cabrera. Both players received an additional $10,000 prize and the Intel MVP Award Trophy for their outstanding individual performances.
Beyond the live esports action, the audience was also treated to world-class entertainment composed of the Philippines’ brightest stars, including Acer ambassadors SB19 and Sarah Geronimo. There were also meet-and-greet sessions with Predator ambassadors Cong TV and the Team Payaman boys, burg, KuyaNic, Chibiby, Maggiekarp, amaratv, Een Mercado, Kang Dupet, and cosplayer Alodia Gosiengfiao.
Felip and Ylona Garcia were the opening acts for Day 1, exciting the crowd with their exhilarating performance. This was followed by numbers from Urbandub and Al James, and with a special appearance by TV personality Donny Pangilinan. Day 2 was just as impressive with amazing performances from Josh Cullen, Sandwich, Spongecola, Pablo, and KZ Tandingan, who sang the Predator anthem, “It Lies Within.”
The next Asia Pacific Predator League will be held in Malaysia, with the qualifiers starting in late 2024 and the grand finals to be held in early 2025.