The clash between the top two (2) teams of the competition. The best of the best. Two (2) of the very methodical teams going up against each other to prove their worth and attempt to snatch the much-envied MPL-S9 trophy. Has the Phoenix finally risen from the ashes or will the King Slayers prove just why they are dominating the tournament and send their opponent to the lower bracket? Who will secure the first ticket to the Grand Finals and get a chance to represent the Philippines for the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup happening in Malaysia?
TOTAL DOMINATION. No other word could describe how RSG-PH executed their strategy in game #1. It was different from their somehow relaxed and patient playstyle whose only focus is on farming and ensuring that objectives are taken. In this game, RSG-PH took the aggressive route. Despite giving Benthings' comfort pick in Franco, they came prepared. With the perfect execution and synchronization of their skills, the current top team of the competition flexes on the Phoenix squad. With Demonkite's Baxia at the helm, fast rotations are expected. Little overstaying in the lane is punished and results in pick-offs which are then translated into objective takes. In the end, SDzyz's general playstyle of getting neutral objectives was halted as Light's Atlas, the threat of Aqua's burst damage in the Kagura pick, and Demonkite manned down all of the lord and turtle objectives. RSG-PH forces TNC to a corner as they take game #1.
After letting go of the Franco pick despite having it opened, TNC looks to rebound from game #1 and show that they are on par with RSG-PH. In this game, SDzyz in the Karina pick shows what objective-taking is, securing two (2) turtle takes before the first lord objective. On the other hand, shocking everyone with his Fanny pick, Demonkite zooms throughout the map, taking down heroes with little to no life left. With precise timers of Kaja's (Escalera) ultimate, he was able to evade death and lockdown and was able to freely secure kills which then translated to turret takes. What also enabled Demonkite to do this was the way he did his itemization—defensive items priority.
This game was a signature Aqua play. With exquisite positioning, no one was able to reach and cancel his ultimate in the Yve, slowing and damaging everyone that was under his "piano tiles." This made it easier for Light's Franco to secure Iron Hooks which enabled EMANN's Clint to free hit and burst down everyone that was in their domain. It was as if it was a replay of game #1 as the King Slayers wiped everyone out from the Phoenix army. RSG-PH takes game #2.
It was yet another Aqua game as he rained down on the heroes of TNC. With his positioning and Pharsa's inherent burst damage, it was a sure kill and clean-up for his team. Because of Nathzz in the Esmeralda absorbing and soaking in all of the damage, Light's persistent setting forcing the battle spells of the opponents, it was easy for Demonkite and EMANN to snowball and simply destroy the enemies that stand in their way. Of course, Escalera in the Lylia's burst damage fought back, resulting in EMANN's death and RSG-PH retreating. However, it proved to be ineffective in the long run as the King Slayers flexed on the Phoenix Army. They take the game and the series, securing their first seat at the Grand Finals and their ticket to represent the Philippines for MSC.
GAME 1 (16:54) - TNC 5 (L); RSG 19 (W)
GAME 2 (12:48) - RSG 18 (W); TNC 10 (L)
GAME 3 (17:33) - TNC 8 (L); RSG 17 (W)