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Blacklist thrashes RRQ to nail MPL Invitational finals berth

Delfin Dioquino
Blacklist thrashes RRQ to nail MPL Invitational finals berth

HIGH EXPECTATIONS. Blacklist International continues to live up to the hype as a heavy title favorite in the MPL Invitational.

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The only Filipino team standing, Blacklist International becomes the first squad to reach the MPL Invitational finals

One more series win.

Blacklist International moved on the cusp of ruling the Mobile Legends Professional League (MPL) Invitational after thwarting RRQ Hoshi to advance to the finals on Sunday, October 7.

The reigning two-time MPL Philippines titleholder became the first team to advance to the championship round as it hacked out a 2-1 win over the Indonesian powerhouse in their best-of-three semifinals.

Kiel “Oheb” Soriano shone anew for Blacklist with a flawless performance in the deciding Game 3, where he delivered 9 kills and 4 assists against 0 deaths despite veering away from the meta by selecting Clint.

Oheb picked up a double kill in the final clash as Blacklist outplayed RRQ even with a disadvantage in numbers.

Trailing in gold earned and having only three players alive, Blacklist still managed to secure the Lord and kill all of the four remaining RRQ players en route to the series-clinching wipeout.

Danerie James “Wise” del Rosario (Bane) chalked up 6 kills and 6 assists against 3 deaths for Blacklist, while Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna (Rafaela) had 2 kills and 14 assists against 2 deaths.

Blacklist methodically nailed Game 1, but RRQ scored the equalizer with a swift 13-minute win in Game 2.

The only Filipino team standing, Blacklist will tangle with another Indonesian squad in the finals as it awaits the winner of the other semifinals pairing between Alter Ego and Onic Esports.

Alter Ego won the MPL Invitational title last year, while Onic reigned supreme in the latest season of MPL Indonesia.

The best-of-five finals is slated at 6:25 pm on Sunday. –

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.