ONIC, Smart Omega Start Third Week with 2-0 Victories at MPL-PH Season 10
The start of the third week of Mobile Legends Professional League – Philippines Season 10 saw ONIC Philippines give Blacklist International their first loss of the season while Smart Omega bested Nexplay Evos with both matches resulting in 2-0 sweeps.
ONIC Brings Blacklist To Upset Town
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ONIC brought Blacklist International to upset town as they took down the reigning M3 champions 2-0.
In Game 1, ONIC came out swinging as their confidence and aggression proved to be enough to take down the giants that were Blacklist. The all-rookie team seemed undeterred by who they were matched up against and proceeded to decimate Blacklist early on in the game. Even though Blacklist managed to level the playing field during the midgame, ONIC kept it close and looked out for opportunities to end the game strongly. It was through eventual Game 1 MVP Kenneth “Nets” Barro’s backdoor efforts that abruptly ended the game as he snuck past everyone’s radar and simply target-locked Blacklist’s base for victory.
Game 2’s story wasn’t far off as it only had a few (yet notable) mixups. For starters, ONIC retained the essence of their composition (with Dyroth and Irithel in place of Nowee “Ryota.” Cabailo’s Pacquito and Nets’s Bruno picks for Game 1, respectively) while Blacklist stuck to their guns with the same Game 1 composition. Just like in the previous game, ONIC was ahead of Blacklist in terms of kills but trailed when it came to objectives taken. Fortunately, it was through another forced ending, this time as a team, that gave ONIC their sweet second game (and series) victory against Blacklist International.
Smart Omega Stands Tall Against Nexplay Evos
“…Gusto na talaga namin ng #MPLPH champion!” – Coach Pakbet 🔥
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The comeback kings stood tall after they culled Nexplay Evos in the second 2-0 sweep of the day.
For their first game, Omega took the reigns early on in the game and drove the match in their favor. They approached the matchup with a slow and steady pace, taking a few pickoffs here and there, which forced Nexplay out of rhythm. Omega’s relatively tankier composition outmatched Nexplay’s signature burst-down composition as the game ended with a kill score of 16-6. The game’s MVP turned out to be Deomark “Mikko” Tabangay, who subbed in for Joshua “Ch4knu” Mangilog, as he recorded a commendable 1/1/8 KDA on a 56% Kill Participation rate on his Chou.
Meanwhile, Omega turned up the heat for Game 2 as the game went on to become a spicy, long-drawn-out battle that simmered for more than 37 minutes. First, they debuted the new hero Fredrinn through Renz “Renzio” Cadua. They then had a proactive start as they disrupted John Paul “H2wo“Salonga’s jungle. Moreover, Mikko gave Omega some vision as he stuck to Nexplay like gum on a shoe whenever he had vision of them. After the early game skirmishes, the game had a long stalemate that saw both teams fail attacks, trade each other for kills, and push their defenses to the max. In the end, it was Omega that came out victorious in this almost 40-minute match.
With both 2-0 victories, ONIC and Omega propelled themselves to the top of the MPL-PH S10 standings while both Blacklist and Nexplay sunk to the third and fifth places respectively.
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