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Onic nails upper bracket finals seat in M3 World Championships with surprise sweep of RRQ

Delfin Dioquino
Onic nails upper bracket finals seat in M3 World Championships with surprise sweep of RRQ

PERFECT SLATE. Onic Philippines has yet to drop a game in the playoffs of the M3 World Championships.

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A gutsy come-from-behind win caps Onic Philippines' stunning 3-0 romp of Indonesian giant RRQ Hoshi in the Mobile Legends M3 World Championships

MANILA, Philippines – Onic Philippines preserved its unbeaten playoff streak in the Mobile Legends M3 World Championships in Singapore after stunning Indonesian powerhouse RRQ Hoshi to advance to the upper bracket finals on Wednesday, December 15.

Riding on the momentum of its 3-0 win over Singaporean team RSG SG, Onic dealt RRQ a surprising 3-0 thrashing in their best-of-five clash as the Filipinos have yet to drop a game in the playoffs.

Kairi “Kairi” Rayosdelsol (Nathan) put up 6 kills and 6 assists against 1 death to lead Onic in their come-from-behind Game 3 win, which saw their side overcome a significant lead by RRQ in gold earn and turrets destroyed.

RRQ was on its way to avoiding a sweep after securing the Lord at the 24th minute, but that major objective went for naught as Onic successfully defended its base turret, even picking off Yesaya “Xinnn” Armando Wowiling (Aldous) during a tense team fight.

A trio of kills on Xinnn, Deden “Clayyy” Muhammad Nurhasan (Luo Yi), and Albert “Alberttt” Neilsen Iskandar (Lancelot) opened the floodgates for Onic, which clinched the win at exactly 28:30 minutes to relegate RRQ to the lower bracket.

Despite his 10 deaths, Allen “Baloyskie” Baloy (Nathan) proved valuable for Onic as he tallied 6 kills and 2 assists, including the death blow on Alberttt that prevented RRQ from defending its base.

Gerald “Dlarskie” Trinchera (Esmeralda) and Jaylord “Hatred” Gonzales (Pharsa) submitted identical numbers of 10 assists against 1 kill for Onic, which is now secured of a top-three finish and $80,000 (around P4 million).

Onic will face the winner of the other upper bracket semifinals between North American squad BloodThirstyKings and Singaporean crew EVOS SG on Saturday, December 18.

Meanwhile, RRQ will fight for survival against Filipino team Blacklist International in the lower bracket quarterfinals on Friday, December 17.

Blacklist has the prime opportunity of eliminating all Indonesian representatives after sending Onic Esports packing earlier in the lower bracket. –

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.