Blacklist International redeemed itself against Bren Esports as it relegated the defending champions to the lower bracket of the Mobile Legends Professional League Philippines (MPL PH) Season 7 playoffs.
Ending the regular season with a league-best 12-1 record, Blacklist stamped its class on Bren by hacking out a 3-2 win in their thrilling best-of-five series on Thursday, May 27 to secure its place in the upper bracket finals.
Reigning MPL PH Bren had the momentum on its side after taking Games 3 and 4 to force a winner-take-all battle.
However, Blacklist did not crumble under pressure as it stuck with its trademark heroes in Game 5 and dispatched Bren in under 18 minutes with a sizable 16-4 kill difference and a whopping 17,000 gold lead.
In a fitting display of dominance, Blacklist baited Bren to a clash for the Lord at the 16:30 minute mark and went on to wipe out its opponents en route to the victory.
EXP laner Edward “Edward” Dapadap (Paquito) took charge for Blacklist with 2 kills and 8 assists against 1 death, with both of his pickoffs coming against Bren jungler Karl Gabriel “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno (Lancelot).
Mid laner Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna (Popol and Kupa) shone for Blacklist with 7 kills and 5 assists against 1 death, while jungler Danerie “Wise” del Rosario (Yi Sun-Shin) had 4 kills and 7 assists against 1 death.
Gold laner Kiel “Oheb” Soriano (Harith) also made his presence felt in the win with 3 kills and 8 assists against 0 deaths, while Jayson “Eson” Gerardo (Rafaela) put up 13 assists against 1 death.
The win was sweet revenge for Blacklist as it absorbed its lone series loss in the regular season to Bren.
Blacklist will tangle with Aura Philippines in the best-of-five upper bracket finals, with the winner advancing to the championship match.
Meanwhile, Bren will resume its title-retention bid in the lower bracket against Work Auster Force. – Rappler.com