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Onic crashes out of MPL Invitational, RSG books quarters spot

Delfin Dioquino
Onic crashes out of MPL Invitational, RSG books quarters spot

STILL STANDING. RSG Philippines claims a spot in the final eight of the MPL Invitational.

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Onic Philippines bows out following a sweep loss to RQ Hoshi, while RSG Philippines advances after surviving Echo in an all-Filipino duel

Only two Filipino teams remain in the Mobile Legends Professional League (MPL) Invitational after Onic Philippines got the boot from Indonesian powerhouse RRQ Hoshi in the group stage on Thursday, November 4.

In a battle between the runners-up of MPL Philippines and MPL Indonesia, Onic failed to rise to the occasion as RRQ Hoshi nailed a 2-0 sweep to advance to the quarterfinals.

Onic appeared to have Game 1 in the bag after Kairi “Kairi” Rayosdelsol (Lancelot) secured the third straight Lord for his side only to witness RRQ turn the tides behind Albert Nielsen “Alberttt” Iskandar (Yi Sun-Shin).

Alberttt picked up kills on Kairi, Allen “Baloyskie” Baloy (Mathilda), and Gerald “Dlarskie” Trinchera (Thamuz) en route to the RRQ wipeout and the 25-minute victory.

RRQ then took only 15 minutes to nail Game 2 and clinch the series as Onic became the fourth Filipino team to exit the MPL Invitational, joining Omega Esports, Echo, and Nexplay EVOS.

Meanwhile, RSG Philippines qualified for the last eight after surviving Echo, 2-1, in an all-Filipino group stage duel.

Jonard Cedrix “Demonkite” Caranto (Benedetta) starred for RSG in the do-or-die Game 3, churning out a flawless performance of 5 kills and 2 assists against 0 deaths.

RSG will have its mettle tested as it locks horns with reigning MPL Indonesia champion Onic Esports in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Also set to see action in the last eight is defending two-time MPL Philippines titlist Blacklist International, which will tangle with Indonesian squad Bigetron Alpha. –

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.