Coming off a deflating loss against defending champion Sunstar, Sterling Global Dragons-Omega vented their frustrations on Blacklist International, taking a 2-0 series sweep to move up to the fifth place of the Mobile Legends Bang Bang Professional League (MPL-PH), Friday.
Despite experiencing technical difficulty in the opening game of the series, the Dragons were able to keep their composure intact and take a commanding 1-0 lead against BI behind SEA Games gold medalist and SGD playmaker Haze.
Blacklist, though, did not go down without a fight. The Tier One-backed squad came out with guns blazing, keeping toe-to-toe against the Dragons on the second game.
Unfortunately for them, Haze (Atlas) carried over his momentum from the previous match. He popped a three-man fatal link which brought down Riddler (Bruno), KIL LER (Uranus), and Edward (Kagura), giving the Dragons a spike in the gold department, 16,491-13,278, early in the game.
Blacklist’s Honda Beast (Kaja) initiated a clash at the bottom lane, taking down Toshi (Esmeralda) to wipe SGD’s main source of power off the map. However, Haze sneaked around the back lane and unleashed a four-man fatal link to completely shut off Blacklist.
With the victory, SGD pushed its standing to 5-3 with a total of four points – good for fifth place while BI slid down to the sixth spot with a 4-4 win-loss slate.
Haze finished the match with four kills, 11 assists, and one death. Meanwhile, core players Hadjizy (Claude) and Toshi combined for a total of eight kills and 13 assists.
In the second game of the evening, reigning kings of MPL-PH Sunsparks spoiled Basic’s return as they handed ULVL a 2-0 beating.
Jaypee once again led Sunsparks to victory, tallying five kills and 11 assists with a total net worth of 12,471 in the series-clinching Game Two. Rafflesia and Greed posted a combined stat line of five kills and 18 assists.
Sunsparks climbed up to the third spot behind BREN Esports and ONIC PH, respectively, with 10 points and 6-2 record. On the other hand, ULVL fell to eighth place with a 2-6 card (-7).
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