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The Resurgence of RSG Light and Nathzz in MPL-PH Season 9

01:04 PM March 18, 2022

In MPL-Philippines S8, RSG PH introduced several rookies in their roster. Cedrix “Demonkite” Caranto and Nathanael “Nathzz” Estrologo were the rookie duo that would send a clear message that the future of RSG PH was in good hands.

Demonkite would go on to be a statistics leader for key categories such as kills and KDA for the Jungler role for the first few weeks of MPL-Philippines S8, while Nathzz would be relegated to a rather supportive role due to the nature of his EXP lane role and the current meta at that time.

Even with the lack of attention given to Nathzz, he never viewed Demonkite as a rival. “It doesn’t matter to me because (Demon)Kite is my teammate and I am happy for him. My goal is to be better as each day passes by,” Nathzz says.

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In MPL-Philippines S9, Nathzz has only shown how much he has improved since his rookie season. Apart from his usual job of zoning opponents away from objectives, we could now see Nathzz pull aggressive plays that activate his teammates to carry. Perhaps a more 50/50 playstyle this season, his trust over his teammates puts the odds to his favor. 

“My teammates are all motivated and that is why I am motivated too,” he says, with complete trust in his squad this season.

 

Battling the Man in the Mirror

 

“This season, expect me to be strong and to have good communication with high mechanics. My aim is to be a better version of myself as the days go by,” Nathzz says and emphasizes that his main goal is to not beat every other player in his role, but to outwork his former self as he tries to improve further.

Asked about a player that he looked up to the most, his answer was simple: MPL-Philippines S7 MVP and M3 World Champion Edward “Edward” Dapadap was his answer; Describing him as the strongest EXP laner in the world.

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Die a Phoenix, Rise a Raider

 

Dylan “Light” Catipon started his journey in MPL-Philippines S7 with Work-Auster Force under the IGN “Unravel”. That season, he showed everyone that he’s a deadly roamer that capitalized on leads to close out games quickly and decisively.

In MPL-Philippine S8 after the acquisition of Work-Auster Force by TNC Pro Team, Light saw his worst MPL-PH season. Finishing 8th place in that season meants the phoenix died before it even got the chance to fly. 

Light was having apparent problems in trying to play from behind, and was obviously not used to not having the early game lead. Oftentimes we would see him get caught when he tried his best to provide vision for his squad. Things weren’t just clicking for the boys in orange that time. Light learned a lot of lessons that season, “Natutunan ko na kulang pa and kailangan ko pang sipagan lalo para ma break ko ung limits ko (I’ve learned that the job isn’t finished, and I need to put more effort to break my personal limits),” he says.

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After a turbulent MPL-Philippines S8 for TNC Pro Team, they had to make the tough decision of breaking up the “super rookies” of MPL-Philippines S7 to rebuild TNC Pro Team from the ground up.

Light ended up in RSG PH, coached by Brian “Coach Panda” Lim, a man known to firmly mold young players to the best version of themselves.

 

A New, More Determined Light

 

This MPL-Philippines S9, Light is more determined to bring what the team needs: a better Light to lead the way. “Expect niyo na mas gagalingan ko pa lalo and mas disiplinado, (Expect that I’ll be more disciplined and better)” he says, a simple message to all his supporters and doubters alike.

After several exceptional performances from Light, some people are viewing him as one of the best roamers of the current season. However, Light thinks he’s still not enough. “Para sakin kulang pa diko pa ramdam sa galaw ko ung one of the best pero I’m working on it para maging pinakamalakas na pos 5 (roamer) sa buong mundo  (This isn’t my final version. I still don’t feel that I’m one of the best but I’m working on it. My goal is to be the best roamer in the world),” he says.

Light’s goals aren’t just centered around his performance in the local stage, but his aspirations reach even to the highest echelons of competitive MLBB–being a world champion that only a select few could achieve.

RSG PH’s next match is on March 19 (Saturday) against Nexplay Evos who lost their most recent match against ECHO via default. With promises of better performances from NXPE made by their Coach John Michael “Zico” Dizon, RSG needs to stay prepared and calculated as they always are in their matches.

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