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Nexplay escapes as Execration slump continues

Delfin Dioquino
Nexplay escapes as Execration slump continues

COMEBACK. Nexplay Esports racks up another series win after turning back Execration.

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Nexplay Esports redeems itself as Execration crashes to its fifth straight series loss in the Mobile Legends Professional League Philippines

Nexplay Esports exacted revenge on slumping Execration with a come-from-behind series win in Season 7 of the Mobile Legends Professional League Philippines (MPL PH) on Friday, May 7.

Absorbing a 2-1 defeat in their first meeting earlier in the season, Nexplay returned the favor with a 2-1 victory in their best-of-three affair as Execration crashed to its fifth straight series loss.

Nexplay roamer Tristan “Yawi” Cabrera made Execration pay by leaving his comfort pick Akai open in the deciding Game 3 as he initiated crucial pick offs that paved the way for a 19-minute finish.

With only two turrets standing for Execration, Yawi isolated Kiel VJ “Kielvj” Hernandez (Roger) with the Hurricane Dance to set up the kill for John Paul “H2wo” Salonga (Ling) at the 18:35 mark.

After that pivotal kill, Nexplay swiftly ended the game that saw its side dominate with no turrets surrendered.

H2wo tallied 4 kills and 6 assists against 0 deaths, Yawi had 1 kill and 9 assists against 2 deaths, while Dexter “Exort” Martinez (Lunox) put up 7 kills and 7 assists against 1 death for Nexplay.

Nexplay improved to 15 points for the No. 3 spot in Group B, while Execration remained at No. 4 in the bunch with 13 points.

Earlier in the day, Work Auster Force wrested the lead in Group A from Aura PH with a methodical 2-0 sweep of Onic PH.

Work Auster Force raised its tally to 21 points for the top spot in Group A, slightly ahead of idle Aura PH (19 points).

Onic PH, meanwhile, stayed at the No. 3 spot in Group A tied with defending champion Bren Esports with 15 points. –

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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.