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. – Rappler.com