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Dogie, Sanford debut as Nexplay nails No. 3 seed in MPL Philippines

Delfin Dioquino
Dogie, Sanford debut as Nexplay nails No. 3 seed in MPL Philippines

VICTORIOUS FINISH. Nexplay Evos ends the regular season on a winning note.

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Nexplay EVOS topples Omega Esports in a bizarre series that marks the end of the regular season of MPL Philippines

Setsuna “Dogie” Ignacio and Sanford “Sanford” Vinuya enjoyed a victorious debut in Season 8 of the Mobile Legends Professional League Philippines as Nexplay EVOS secured the No. 3 seed in the playoffs.

Nexplay battled back from a series-opening loss to topple Omega Esports, 2-1, in the final match of the regular season on Sunday, October 10.

In a bizarre Game 2 that saw Omega Esports allow its base turret to get destroyed by minions, Nexplay forced a decider in the best-of-three duel, with Dogie (Granger) putting up 17 kills and 15 assists against 12 deaths.

Sanford (Benedetta) then stole the spotlight in a more competitive Game 3 as he pulled off a wily Lord steal, paving the way for Nexplay to dispatch Omega in under 12 minutes.

Appearing for the first time in an MPL Philippines game, Sanford impressed with 2 kills and 5 assists against 0 deaths.

Nexplay ended the regular season with 23 points and will face No. 6 seed RSG Philippines (17 points) to start the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Omega stayed at fourth with 20 points and will tangle with No. 5 seed Echo (19 points) in the first round of the postseason.

Earlier in the day, Blacklist International wrapped up the regular season with a near-perfect 13-1 series record and 34 points after a 2-0 win over also-ran Bren Esports.

Missing the playoffs for the first time in league history, Bren opted not to ban any heroes in Game 2, a move that drew mixed reactions as fans accused the Season 6 champions of disrespecting competitive integrity.

Bren landed at seventh place with 14 points. –

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.