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AP.Bren crushes Blacklist International to rule MPL Philippines

Delfin Dioquino

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AP.Bren crushes Blacklist International to rule MPL Philippines

CHAMPIONS. AP.Bren lifts the MPL Philippines Season 12 trophy.

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Completing its unbeaten playoff run, AP.Bren scores a 4-1 victory over Blacklist International in the grand final to become just the third team in MPL Philippines history to win multiple championships

MANILA, Philippines – AP.Bren crowned itself the new king of the Mobile Legends Professional League (MPL) Philippines after crushing Blacklist International for the Season 12 title on Sunday, October 30.

Completing its unbeaten playoff run, AP.Bren claimed a 4-1 victory over Blacklist International in their best-of-seven grand final to become just the third team in MPL Philippines history to capture at least two championships.

AP.Bren, which ruled Season 6 in 2020 back when it still competed as Bren Esports, joined three-time titlist Blacklist International and two-time winner Sunsparks in the list of multiple champions.

Veteran mid laner Angelo “Pheww” Arcangel made history on his own as only the fifth player to win three MPL Philippines crowns, still performing at a high level despite being one of the longest-tenured players in the league.

Pheww clinched his first title with Cignal Ultra in 2018 and the next two under the Bren banner.

“I’m really happy to win another championship and to give my teammates one. We’ve been chasing this for a long time,” said Pheww in Filipino.

David “FlapTzy” Canon earned Finals MVP honors as he bagged his second title with Bren, which pocketed the top purse of $43,220 (over P2.4 million).

FlapTzy won an additional $1,000 (over P56,000) for his Finals MVP plum, showing the way in the final two games as AP.Bren closed it out after Blacklist International cut its series deficit to 1-2.

Using the hero Arlott, FlapTzy posted 2 kills and 3 assists against 0 deaths in Game 4 and 1 kill and 12 assists against 3 deaths in the title-sealing Game 5.

Michael “KyleTzy” Sayson, Marco “Super Marco” Requitiano, and Rowgien “Owgwen” Unigo all captured their maiden championships.

The loss marked the second straight season Blacklist International fell short of the title as it finished second to Echo in Season 11.

Blacklist International settled for $27,620 (over P1.5 million).

The two teams return to action in December as they both qualified for the M5 World Championship to be hosted by the Philippines. – Rappler.com

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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.