"Hindi sila sanay sa situation kung nasaan kami, especially sina Oheb. Si Edward, hindi siya kuntento sa kung ano ang meron lang kami ngayon. Ang gusto niya talaga ay playoff secured, or hindi kami yung nasa bingit ng pagka-laglag." - Coach Bon Chan on the condition of his players.
To think that it is Blacklist International that is on the verge of elimination is an unusual thing to hear for every MPL-PH fan. And as someone who has experienced being on top, they know what RSG can do and how strong they have been over the past few weeks. With tournament life on the line for BLCK, and the #1 seat at stake for RSG- things are gonna get heated, and it did.
Game 1 was a familiar sight for the lineup from Blacklist International. The Codebreakers had their own take on a double fighter side lane that was used by ECHO Philippines in most of their games. However, the comfortability of RSG with their picks showed in the first 8 minutes of the game. Light continues to get one pickoff after another through the Way of Dragon to assist the other members to push through with their engages and also take control of their own map. It has been stated in the keys to victory that the Raiders need to hold on to their timing because it's a key factor for them winning 7 straight. Even when BLCK managed to take some kills for themselves, the zoning potential from Aqua and immediate pressure from Light poses a huge problem for them even when they have the tools to earn the dub. RSG still being cautious from start to finish and are slowly positioning themselves to take the first Luminous Lord of the game. An error in positioning was the last draw for BLCK as they were unable to secure the major objective. Rinsing and repeating was RSG until they found the perfect time to strike and take Game 1.
Putting on the pressure once more is RSG picking up the Masha as their first pick, which was tremendously part of every team's radar since the current patch. BLCK leaned towards comfortability as their saving grace in this matchup- securing the Chou, Uranus and Beatrix for the MV3. This familiar strategy and lineup got them ahead through the first 6 minutes of the game, and it's something that they have to build on moving forward. BLCK showed some technical aspects of their game together with their familiarity with the heroes to overwhelm RSG over the other objectives. You have to commend the men in blue, though. They've been trailing 12-6 in terms of kills for the first 12 minutes, but only trail less than a thousand in terms of gold right away. The final team fight decided it all after BLCK managed to take down the Aldous to remove the burst threat from the other members. Aside from that, RSG was also missing Light in the final skirmish after he was clearing on the bottom lane. It was the end of the second match as BLCK is still breathing and the dream is still alive.
For the decider of the series, the ol' reliable Franco is back in Eson's hands and the Uranus enters the fray for Edward once more. RSG denied the Ling from Kevier and secured the Masha once more to try and do things a little different this time. It was BLCK taking the first step after Eson successfully delays Demonkite in farming. At the same time, RSG managed to help in locking down Oheb to not scale as the P&K to put them all up. The Codebreakers are up front- two turrets above in the first six minutes. Hadji utlizing Kupa's fast objective-taking has been the key factor for this lead while also giving some more room for BLCK to determine where the others are coming from. Even so, it has been Edward making the necessary moves to give some space for the rest of BLCK to take the Lord. With everyone stepping up to keep the playoff dream alive, BLCK managed to give the loss to an almost perfect week of RSG.
GAME 1: RSG WIN
MVP: LIGHT (CHOU, 4/2/13)
GAME 2: BLCK WIN
MVP: EDWARD (URANUS, 4/1/8)
GAME 3: BLCK WIN