Bren Esports skipper Angelo “Pheww” Arcangel already contemplated leaving the game for good after another disastrous campaign back in Season Nine.
It was indeed a tough offseason for the 23-year-old midlaner as Bren Esports missed the playoffs for the second consecutive time. But after thinking it through, Pheww eventually made the decision to return in Season 10 to test if he can still keep up with the league’s young guns.
“Para sa akin sobrang special ng season na ‘to e kasi ito na rin magdidikta kung kaya ko pa talaga maglaro e. Kasi feeling ko kung nalaglag pa rin kami ngayon baka ‘di na ko mag-tuloy pa,” said Pheww.
On Thursday night, Pheww proved to the entire Mobile Legends: Bang Bang community – and himself – that he still got what it takes to keep up against the best of the best. And he did it on the biggest stage against the best opponent possible.
Down 0-2 against heavy-favorites Omega Esports, the two-time MPL Philippines champion showcased his veteran wares and spearheaded the team’s massive 3-2 reverse sweep of the SMART-backed squad in the Season 10 upper bracket quarterfinals at the Blue Leaf Cosmopolitan.
Pheww scored four kills and eight assists against one death on Pharsa in Game Three before following it up with a 5-1-7 KDA line on Gusion in Game Four. In the clincher, the former Cignal Ultra star delivered four kills and three assists against two deaths on Pharsa anew.
“Sobrang proud ko sa sarili ko talaga dahil sa pinakita ko. Nalalabas ko na ulit yung laro ko, sobrang saya ko kasi nakikita kong kaya ko pa rin talaga maglaro kahit sobrang tagal ko na dito,” Pheww told Tiebreaker Times in an exclusive interview.
“Sobrang saya ko na ako yung nakikita nilang MVP sa game na yun kahit feeling ko hindi naman ako yung nag-MVP in-game kasi parang iniisip ng mga tao ngayon bubuhatin na lang ako sa game e, tapos sobrang saya ko na naipakita ko yung laro ko. Nailabas ko yung laro ko kasi sobrang naniniwala sakin yung mga teammates ko,” he continued.
Aside from his in-game brilliance, Pheww also played a huge part in keeping Bren Esports composed after Game Two by motivating his teammates.
“After namin matalo ng 0-2, sobrang binoost ko talaga yung confidence nila. Hindi ko rin pinakita talaga sa kanila na nalulungkot ako kasi baka isipin nila kung ako nalulungkot, baka malungkot na rin sila e,” Pheww shared.
“Nakangiti pa rin ako, sabi ko sa kanila ‘wag silang manghina kasi kaya pa namin, may chance pa kami. Sabi ko gamitin namin yung chance na yun para makabawi.”
After Omega Esports, Pheww and Bren Esports will take on another powerhouse in Blacklist International tomorrow, Friday in the upper bracket playoffs.
And Pheww hopes that he can sustain whatever momentum he got from this game against the reigning world champs.