It hasn’t been long since Bren Esports reigned supreme in Season 6 of the Mobile Legends Professional League Philippines and the Mobile Legends M2 World Championships.
But in a stunning turn of events, Bren has formally crashed out of playoff contention in Season 8.
For the first time in MPL Philippines history, Bren will not see action in the playoffs following a 0-2 defeat to Echo in its penultimate series of the season on Saturday, October 9.
Bren remained at seventh place with 14 points as only the top six teams will advance to the playoffs.
Even if Bren pulls off a sweep against reigning champion Blacklist International on Sunday and tie sixth seed RSG Philippines at 17 points, it will still settle for seventh by virtue of losing their season matchup.
RSG beat Bren twice in the regular season.
Echo trailed Bren late in Game 2 in both kills and turrets destroyed, but turned the tides after Benedict “Bennyqt” Gonzales (Alice) secured the Luminous Lord at the 20th minute.
Bennyqt then picked off Angelo “Pheww” Arcangel (Harley) during the last clash, paving the way for Echo to steal the game and clinch the series.
Jaymark “Hadess” Lazaro (Lancelot) led Echo with 6 kills and 1 assist against 2 deaths, while Bennyqt had 5 kills and 4 assists against 2 deaths.
Echo hiked its tally to 19 points and climbed to fifth place as it nailed its playoff berth.
Bren still remained in playoff hunt after the sweep loss, needing RSG – which then had only 16 points – to get swept by Onic Philippines in their series later in the day.
RSG, however, won one game in its 1-2 defeat to improve to 17 points and book the last playoff spot, joining Blacklist, Onic, Nexplay Evos, Omega Esports, and Echo in the next round.
In the last series of the day, Blacklist made quick work of Omega with a 2-0 victory. – Rappler.com