ONIC PH put up a dominant debut, making quick work of ECHO via a lopsided 2-0 sweep in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League-Philippines Season Eight, Friday night.
Coming off a strong Game One showing, ONIC PH stepped on the gas come Game Two to bag their first victory of the season.
The 1-2 punch of Kairi “Kairi” Rayosdelsol (Harley) and Allen “Baloyskie” Baloy spearheaded the Game Two dominance — taking down the Lord in the 10:05-mark of the match to tear up ECHO’s remaining turrets.
ONIC PH started off the siege with a kill on Christian “Rafflesia” Fajura (Chou).
Benedict “Bennyqt” Gonzales (Lunox) tried to make things work for ECHO with a return kill on Baloyskie, but it was not enough as Jaylord “Hatred” Gonzales (Paquito) and Kairi put the cherry on top for ONIC PH.
“Si Kairi gigil na gigil e, gusto niya may mapatunayan [as a] core and yun naman mukha namang may napatunayan siya kanina tapos yung kay Hate naman, napansin ni coach na mataas yung potential niya sa gold lane and kita naman sa laban na maganda yung pinakita niya,” said Baloyskie after the win.
Baloyskie, who finished with a total of four assists in the match, also revealed the reason behind the surprise Lylia pick in the clincher.
“Yung Lylia hindi po namin siya ginagamit pero yung coach namin, parang napansin niya na sobrang ganda raw nung Lylia sa mga heroes nila so nag tiwala na lang siya na binigay sakin, nagagamit ko naman pero hindi often,” he explained.
Bennyqt had a kill and a death in the 11:31-minute Game Two while Rafflesia was held to just four deaths.
ONIC PH maximized its splitting capabilities in Game One, utilizing Kairi’s Ling to gain full control of the map.
ECHO showed signs of life through Rion “Rk3” Kudo’s Kagura, but it was not enough as Hatred’s Esmeralda and Baloyskie’s Nathan put on the finishing touches to end the match in 18 minutes and 51 seconds.
ONIC PH will next face Omega Esports tomorrow at 4:00 PM while ECHO will go up against BREN Esports later in the day at 6:00 PM.