MANILA, Philippines – The Mobile Legends Professional League (MPL) Philippines throne belongs to Blacklist International anew.
Blacklist captured its third MPL Philippines title in four seasons after pulling off a 4-2 win over Echo in the Season 10 grand final at the Blue Leaf Cosmopolitan in Quezon City on Sunday, October 23.
Edward “Edward” Dapadap came through for the reigning world champions and clinched the Finals MVP honors, delivering in the last three games as Blacklist overhauled a 1-2 deficit.
The star EXP laner tallied a kill-death-assist (KDA) line of 5-1-8 on Benedetta in Game 4 and 2-0-13 on Uranus in Game 5 to help Blacklist seize control of the best-of-seven affair.
Edward then set the tone in Game 6 with Paquito before a perfectly timed Noumenon Blast by Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna (Lolita) set up a three-man kill that paved the way for Blacklist to wrap it up in 18 minutes.
Kiel “Oheb” Soriano (Melissa) and Paquito picked off the two remaining Echo players as Blacklist completed its redemption campaign after missing the playoffs last season.
Edward posted 3 kills and 5 assists against 0 deaths in the title clincher, Oheb netted 3 kills and 4 assists against 1 death, while Salid “Hadji” Imam (Faramis) tallied 3 kills and 6 assists against 1 death.
The winner of Seasons 7 and 8, Blacklist went on an early vacation in Season 9 as the fearsome duo of OhMyV33nus and Danerie James “Wise” del Rosario opted to go on a hiatus.
But the return of the V33-Wise tandem saw Blacklist rediscover its dominant ways, nailing the top seed in the regular season and reaching the grand final through the upper bracket.
With its repeat of Echo, which it swept 3-0 in the upper bracket final, Blacklist became the first team in MPL Philippines history to win three titles as it broke its tie with Season 4 and 5 champion Sunsparks.
But Blacklist does not plan to stop there as it looks to claim its second straight world title in the M4 World Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia in January.
“We’re happy that we’re the first org to win three championships. I hope we can get another piece of history by winning the M4 crown,” said Blacklist head coach Kristoffer “Bon Chan” Ricaplaza.
Blacklist pocketed the grand prize of $45,060 (around P2.6 million), with Edward getting an additional $1,000 (nearly P60,000) for his Finals MVP plum.
Meanwhile, Echo bagged $29,460 (around P1.7 million) and will join Blacklist in M4, where a total of 16 teams will compete. – Rappler.com