Ben “Benthings” Maglaque has been a revelation for TNC this MPL Philippines Season Nine.
With that, the 25-year-old roamer turned a lot of heads this season, including Blacklist International coach Kristoffer “BON CHAN” Ricaplaza and M3 World Champion Johnmar “OhMyV33NUS” Villaluna, to name a few.
BON CHAN even went as far as comparing Benthings to multi-titled roamer Allan “Lusty” Castromayor of Bren Esports, while Villaluna called the TNC roamer his ‘top one tank’ this season.
“Speechless,” gushed Benthings after TNC’s 2-1 win over Blacklist International on Sunday night.
Still, despite the outpour of praise and support, Benthings vowed to never allow these things to get over his head. Instead, he will put everything to heart, using it as motivation as he strives to be a better version of himself moving forward.
“Ang sarap sa feeling pero ano, ipagpapatuloy ko lang yung mga ginagawa ko then patuloy pa rin ang magsisikap. Yung mga sinasabi nila about sa akin, gagawin ko yung motivation. Ilalagay ko yun sa puso ko, hindi sa ulo ko,” expressed Benthings.
After riding the bench in Season Eight, Benthings – who only played in two matches before Season Nine – finally got his break when TNC promoted him as a starter. Without a doubt, Benthings did not disappoint, leading the organization to the top spot of the MPL Philippines Season Nine with a league-best 19 points off a 6-3 standing.
Indeed, it has been a long way filled with a lot of sacrifices and hardships for Benthings. And now, he’s just glad to finally showcase his worth and see his hard work pay off.
“Sobrang saya. Yung mga hard work ko, yung extra efforts ko, mga sacrifices ko na hindi na ako nakakauwi sa bahay namin, sa bootcamp lang ako nag iistay para makapag grind, minsan wala na kaming day off kasi sinasacrifice ko yung day off ko para makapag ranked game,” said Benthings, who has a Tiktok account where he shares tips and strategies to fans.
“Yung gigil ko sa laro, yung pagmamahal ko sa ML na mas malaki talaga yung part niya sa buhay ko. Natutuwa ako kasi nagbubunga siya, ‘di ‘man malaki pero paunti unti.”