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Raizen, Escalera headline ONIC PH’s new-look roster


ONIC PH welcomed new and familiar faces to its roster for the upcoming campaign in MPL Philippines Season 12.

The Filipino squad of ONIC Esports unveiled its 10-man roster that will compete in the MPL Philippines’ season-ending tournament via its social media pages on Friday night.

Headlining the team are former TNC star Jomarie “Escalera” Delos Santos, who will serve as the team’s captain, along with ex-Omega Esports jungler Dean “Raizen” Sumagui and the returning Ralph “Rapidoot” Adrales.

The 24-year-old mid laner spent his first three seasons with TNC and was relegated to a reserve role in Season 11. Meanwhile, Raizen has been part of the Smart-backed squad since Season 8.

Rapidoot, on the other hand, had a stellar rookie season with ONIC PH in Season 10 but chose to finish his studies first, which forced him to skip Season 11. The former Monster Anarchy star played for the team’s development squad, ONIC Arsenals, in the inaugural MDL Philippines Season 1 where they finished in 9th-10th place.

Holdovers Kenneth “Nets” Barro, Frince “Super Frince” Ramirez, and David “Boss A” Gamboa will also return to the lineup.

ONIC PH also added former TNC EXP laner Mark “Kramm” Rusiana, ex-RSG PH roamer John “Perkziva” Sumawan, and rookies Czedrick “Yoshinu” Romero, who last played for Euphoria Esports, and Jem “Jem” Lanojan.

Escalera, Raizen, Nets, Kramm, and Rapidoot are expected to start for ONIC PH in Season 12.

Meanwhile, the team’s coaching staff will be led by head coach Kevin “Bluffzy” Reyes, who is now on his third tour of duty with the team.

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Bluffzy’s coaching staff will consist of Jeffrey “Jeff” Manforte, Hans “Wurahhhhh” Solano, and Abraham “Bam” Adinu.

Jeff coached ONIC Arsenals in the previous season, while Wurahhhhh served as the head coach of G2 Blacklist’s Wild Rift squad. On the other hand, Bam was previously part of Omega Empress and guided the SIBOL women’s national Mobile Legends: Bang Bang team to a silver finish in the 2023 Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia.

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