Bren Esports handed Blacklist International its first loss in Season 7 of the Mobile Legends Professional League Philippines (MPL PH) following a wild come-from-behind win on Thursday, April 29.
On the verge of getting swept, Bren Esports displayed the steely nerves that made it the defending champion as it turned the tide and shocked erstwhile unbeaten Blacklist, 2-1, in their best-of-three affair.
Leaning on its trademark healing strategy, Blacklist had its eyes on a 2-0 sweep as it nearly destroyed Bren Esports' base in the second game.
But a clutch three-man knock up by Allan "Lusty" Castromayor on his Popol and Kupa paved the way for Bren Esports to wipe out Blacklist and force a rubber match Game 3.
With momentum on its side, Bren Esports banned key Blacklist picks Granger and Estes in Game 3 to set up the 17-minute finish.
Karl Gabriel "KarlTzy" Nepomuceno starred in the decider for Bren Esports with 7 kills and 6 assists against 0 deaths on Benedetta, while CJ "Ribo" Ribo tallied 3 kills and 7 assists against 0 deaths on Chang'e.
Dominant in the first two games on Granger, Blacklist jungler Danerie James "Wise" del Rosario got shut down to just 2 kills and 1 assist against 4 deaths on Roger in Game 3.
Bren Esports rolled on to its second straight series win, while Blacklist saw its seven-series winning streak snapped.
In the other marquee match, Onic PH dealt Execration its second series loss in a row following a 2-1 victory.
Onic PH jungler Jaylord "Hate" Gonzales proved to be a thorn on the side of his former team Execration as he delivered 4 kills and 3 assists against 2 deaths on Benedetta in the do-or-die Game 3.
Earlier in the day, Laus Playbook Esports kept embattled Cignal Ultra winless with a 2-0 verdict. – Rappler.com
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.