The Revitalized Phoenix is on a roll as they defeat Omega on their first game. Blacklist on the other hand suffered an eye-opening defeat from the hands of their former adversary in Onic Ph. Different route indeed but it will all boil down to who wants it more. For SDzyz this is his redemption tour, from a disappointing season the TNC jungler is up for the challenge. Speaking of challenge, Kevier showed he is up for the challenge as he responded from a subpar game one defeat to a more respectable game number two and three. It may not result in a victory, it played a big part for his confidence moving forward.
The strategy for both teams varies from each other, for TNC focus on the objective, clear the wave, get a kill and rotate. The rising Phoenix showed us a different approach on how to use a Lancelot with the “Demon slayer” emblem. Focusing on the turret damage, killing the turtle and lord paved the way for the swift and methodical approach in taking objectives. The innate tankiness of Edith (Benthings) and Uranus(Kram) helped SDzyz to deal his strikes. The threat of Escalera (Kadita) has been a problem for Blacklist to create an initiation because at any moment they can be bursted with a combo of rough wave and Earth shatter. Oheb is the lone bright spot for the world champion with his championship Harith. But the control is just too much for Blacklist and TNC secured a quick and cerebral victory against the world champions.
The woes continued in the second game as TNC demolished Blacklist International with a monstrous performance for the ages. From the get go they already dictated the match up to the point where SDzyz’s level with his Lancelot 11 compared to Kevier’s 9. From the draft to the games it's too flawless for TNC. Letting Valentina go created a world of problems for Blacklist but just is the tip of the iceberg. The decision to put esmeralda to the gold lane to face Chou instead of Beatrix made the life of Oheb so difficult. Hadji (Natalia) tried to find a way to burst Yasuwo (Beatrix) but the smart missiles coming from Benthings (Jawhead) made it difficult for the MVP. But the icing on the cake for the TNC is the fact that there is nobody that can deal with Kram (Esmeralda) who's been dancing in and out of the teamfight. This season is shaping up to be one of the most interesting seasons yet. But as much as it was interesting it is also baffling to think that the world champions are yet to win and have been squashed for two games straight. TNC on the other hand, from being the eight placer they have been flipping the switch by dismantling Omega and Blacklist. The future's so bright for MPL season nine
GAME 1: BLK (L) 5 V. TNC (W) 15 (16:02)
GAME 2: TNC (W) 12 V. BLK (L) 13 (18:45)