Smart Omega Esports has suffered a number of losses against world champion BREN Esports in previous local tournaments, but support Jeniel “Haze” Bata-anon remains unfazed of history.
Speaking in Tiebreaker Vodcasts’ Beyond the Meta, presented by Smart, Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Haze bared that BREN Esports’ recent winnings do not intimidate them in any way.
In fact, the former MPL champion is looking forward to their rematch against the defending champions. This time, though, they intend to get back at them.
“Wala po sa isip namin na matatalo kami o lugi kami kasi nag-champion sila,” said Haze to hosts Apple David and Carla Lizardo.
“Pantay-pantay lang naman po lahat kami dito sa ML. Nagkakatalo na lang sa strategies tsaka mentality in-game kasi kung kinakabahan kami, kinakabahan din sila. Kasi pare-pareho lang naman tayong tao.”
Everything started in the grand finals of the MPL-Philippines Season Six. BREN Esports ran over Omega Esports via a 4-2 decision to win their first official title.
Weeks later, the two MLBB behemoths crossed paths once more in the finale of The Nationals Season Two Mobile Legends conference.
There, the Smart-backed squad looked like they got the BREN puzzle all figured out. Omega won the first two games of the best-of-five series — putting them only a win away from the title.
However, everything went south for Omega in Game Three, with BREN Esports winning the next three games to secure their second-straight The Nationals title all while scoring one of the greatest series comebacks in history.
BREN Esports went on to dominate the globe by winning the M2 World Championships. Meanwhile Omega, who had a perfect group stage stint, settled for a fifth-to-sixth place finish.
“Iniisip namin walang magaling dito kaya ‘pag natalo kami, parang may kulang lang sa ginagawa. Ganun lang,” said the former Aether Main tank.
“Pangit kasi ‘pag iisipin mong lugi ka e, parang nakakababa ng morale. Tapos papangit ang performance niyo ‘pag inisip niyong lugi na kayo agad kahit hindi ‘pag nag-uumpisa.”
Omega Esports will have to wait for a long time before getting revenge, though. They face BREN Esports in the final week of the regular season on May 16.