Despite parading three M-series rookies, Blacklist International scored a dominant 2-0 sweep of RRQ Akira to open their M5 World Championship campaign on Sunday at the EVM Convention Center in Quezon City.
This is Blacklist’s third-straight M-series appearance and the first-time without the popular V33Wise duo.
It wasn’t without a hiccup, however, as Blacklist had to stay resilient and disciplined in Game 2 when RRQ Akira came knocking with a solid performance of their own.
“Kaya tumagal yung laban kasi naging disiplinado po sila (RRQ Akira) so hindi po namin agad natapos yung game. Tsaka maraming din po kaming mga error na kailangan pang ayusin para sa mga susunod na laban,” said Blacklist roamer Renejay “Renejay” Barcase on RRQ Akira’s Game 2 performance.
Edward “Edward” Dapadap (Edith) opened the series in style as he finished with 100-percent kill participation in Blacklist’s domination of the Brazilian champions. He finished with a perfect 5-0-3 KDA.
Game 2 boiled down to a lengthy four-minute lord dance where Stephen “Sensui” Castillo (Baxia) displayed nerves of steel in securing the 27th minute evolved lord that enabled the M2 world champions to mount a game-winning base turret push a minute later.
The Healman took the MVP award in the close-out win after providing Blacklist with the needed heal and sustain with his Estes pick throughout the match en route to a spotless 1-0-6 KDA.
Blacklist will next face Team SMG tomorrow, December 4.