MANILA, Philippines – Blacklist International started the new year with a bang and opened its title-retention bid in the Mobile Legends M4 World Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia with a swift beating of Incendio Supremacy on Sunday, January 1.
The reigning world champions earned an early lead in Group A after finishing off the Turkish crew in a little over 12 minutes behind stellar performances from Danerie James “Wise” del Rosario and Edward “Edward” Dapadap.
Wise finished with a flawless line of 3 kills and 6 assists against 0 deaths on Valentina, while Edward posted 4 kills and 5 assists against 3 deaths on Benedetta, including a triple kill in the decisive clash that paved the way for the final push.
A crucial kill on Baris “Alien” Ali Cakir (Yu Zhong) allowed Blacklist to safely secure the Lord at the 10:20 mark and everything fell apart for Incendio the rest of the way.
The Turkish squad tried to turn the tables by forcing a clash, even picking off Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna (Kaja) first, only to get wiped out, with Edward completing a triple kill and Wise and Kiel “Oheb” Soriano (Karrie) recording a kill each.
Oheb churned out 3 kills and 5 assists against 1 death, Salic “Hadji” Imam netted 3 kills and 6 assists against 2 deaths, while OhMyV33nus had 7 assists against 4 deaths.
Blacklist eyes a sweep of the group stage for a spot in the upper bracket playoffs as it tangles with Cambodia’s Burn X Flash and Myanmar’s Falcon Esports on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Philippines’ other representative, Echo, begins its campaign against Indonesian powerhouse RRQ Hoshi on Monday. – Rappler.com