A day after putting up a gallant fight against Blacklist International, Nexplay EVOS finally broke into the win column on Saturday night after a dominant 2-0 sweep of TNC.
Indeed, it was a very, very special victory for EXP laner James “Jeymz” Gloria as he was also celebrating his 18th birthday.
But more than that, the win meant something more for him. For him, it was a way of announcing his re-entry to the MPL Philippines. For him, it was a statement – a clap back to his bashers that told him that he was done after his unceremonious exit back in Season Eight.
“Para sa akin po sobrang halaga netong panalo na ‘to kasi isa po ‘to sa mga pagkakataon po na patunayan ko yung sarili ko sa mga tao kasi sobrang onti na lang po ng naniniwala sa akin pero okay lang po yun,” said Jeymz after the rousing win.
“Mas lalo po akong nagiging motivated kapag nakakabasa po ako ng mga comments na hindi maganda tungkol sakin. Itong panalo na ‘to pa-birthday ko rin po ‘to para sa sarili ko kasi sabi ko sa sarili ko, palagi kong sinasabi na hindi kami matatalo ngayong araw na ‘to,” he continued.
Jeymz entered the MPL Philippines with the same team back in Season Seven. There, he showed glimpses of his massive potential. But everything turned sideways once Nexplay EVOS entered the following season.
The EXP laner out of Quezon City struggled mightily in his sophomore season. Eventually, he found his way at the tail-end of Nexplay EVOS’ bench, surrendering his starting role to then-rookie Jhonwin “Hesa” Vergara – who immediately made an impact and steered the team to a fourth-place finish, the highest in franchise history.
After yielding positive results from the Hesa-Renejay side lane combo, Nexplay EVOS decided to let go of Jeymz in Season Nine.
Now, with the chance to redeem himself finally in front of him, Jeymz said that he is dead-set on proving everyone that doubted him wrong.
“Ginawa ko lang ulit yung best ko kasi alam ko sa sarili ko na kaya ko. Mas nag focus lang ako saka mas dinisiplina ko yung sarili ko para makabalik po ako sa scene at mapatunayan ko ulit yung sarili ko,” said Jeymz, who made sure to put in the work after he was released from the roster.
Jeymz finished with two kills, four deaths, and five assists on Dyroth in the 7-12 Game One win against TNC before following it up with a 2-3-4 KDA line on the same hero in the 20-11 Game Two win.
“Yung family ko rin po yung nagbibigay ng motivation para mapunta po ulit dito sa MPL scene pati na rin po sila Boss D [Dogie] kasi nagtiwala ulit sila sa akin, sila coach, na mapapatunayan ko ulit yung sarili ko.”