Kairi “Kairi” Rayosdelsol’s Aulus took over as ONIC PH edged out Omega Esports in Game Three, 2-1, in a delay-marred Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League-Philippines Season Eight series, Friday night.
The team, who experienced a bug during the drafting phase which delayed Game Three for more than an hour, solidified its hold of the second spot with 19 points – a point behind the league-leading Blacklist International – through a 6-3 win-loss slate.
A battle for the Luminous Lord went to the side of ONIC PH in Game Three after they took down Renz “Renzio” Cadua’s Esmeralda – stopping Omega Esports’ attempt for a contention.
Kairi finished with a perfect 7-0-9 KDA while Ian “Beemo” Sergio, who took the SMART 5G MVP award, ended with a game-high 12 assists along with six deaths in the match that lasted for 21 minutes and 12 seconds.
“Wag lang po talaga kami paapekto doon sa nangyari, focus lang talaga sa laro,” said Gerald “Dlarskie” Trinchera about the delay. “Si Baloy po kumain po, ako humiga lang sa kama normal lang po.”
According to shoutcaster Adrian “Butters” Jison, ONIC PH was supposed to pick up Aulus during the first draft but was surprised when Bane appeared on the screen. The MPL league operations then decided to do a redraft to ensure parity.
Kairi’s Aulus secured a crucial Lord steal for ONIC PH in the 11:29-minute mark of Game One to turn back Omega Esports through a 16-8 result.
Down one man against Omega Esports, Kairi rallied his troops towards the Lord pit for the steal while also taking down Patrick “E2MAX” Caidic’s Beatrix and Kielvj “Kielvj” Hernandez’s Bane to give ONIC PH its much-needed separation.
Omega Esports stuck with the Bane jungler in Game Two while also fielding in a gold lane Aldous for Duane “Kelra” Pillas and Yve for Patrick “E2MAX” Caidic – spoiling Jaylord “Hatred” Gonzales’ debut in the jungler spot.
Omega Esports is now tied with Nexplay EVOS (3-4) at the fifth spot with ten points each through a lowly 2-7 win-loss standing.
ONIC PH will take on reigning world champion Bren Esports tomorrow at 8:00 PM while Omega Esports looks to salvage its campaign next week, Saturday against ECHO at 4:00 PM.