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All the pressure was put on returning player Renejay with the role adjustment and Hesa looking to outface all the MPL enthusiast's belief that he is not the winning piece to NXPE's puzzle
As the playoffs right around the corner, NXPE and Echo kick off the first day of October with both teams hungry for wins to secure their slots. With the return of Renejay for NXPE in place of Jeyms, Echo opted for a draft that focused on picking off the opposing team with isolated fights and skirmishes being their keys to securing playoffs. Yawi surpised Echo with the debut of Hylos in the pro scene in addition to Grock for a double tank, scaling draft. Echo’s isolation gameplan worked for the early domination that easily secured the turtles and map control. NXPE looked to scale back by letting H2Wo’s Nathan to play safely and farm, avoiding team fights in the early game and secure the remaining jungle creeps siphoned by the early itemized Hayabusa pick by Hadess. Rafflesia’s Chou and Rk3’s Selena were the show setters for the Echo with their highlight worthy kicks and arrows setting up the kills and assisted objectives that led to a gold advantage leading to the late game. With all lords secured, all turrets taken down by Echo, they have looked into finishing the first game with a win. The struggling but scaling NXPE however, with H2wo now fully equipped, were able to hold their roofs standing from Typhoon Benny and the rampaging squad to turn the tides and escape the near-death situation of the nexus by the miraculous spawn of the minions that diverted the lord’s eyes for Echo’s victory. With four members down, NXPE seized through the enemy base with the nexus on their crosshairs and take the hard-fought victory for the first game while breaking the record for the longest MPL match at 29:43 on the clock.
Game 2 looked to be the series ender for NXPE as Renejay’s new role in the EXP lane together with Hesa in their first series together. Renejay, known for his aggressive hero pool, locked in Lapulapu against the now scaling draft by Echo, with Hades picking up Karina and Rk3 taking Yve as noteworthy picks for the win condition. Tensions grew in the early phase when both teams were focused on gaining map control, forcing duels and trades that ended in NXPE’s favor. Yellyhaze’s Pharsa again proved why the feather air strike is a force to be reckoned with where its damage output is able to peel off the tanky health bars that could be easily mitigated by physical damage. The Claude pick by Hesa danced through Bennyqt’s Chou in the gold lane by avoiding overextensions with the map on his eyes waiting for crucial moments to pop off the blazing duet and pick up kills of his own. Echo took the lead in the midgame with two turtles secured and turrets picked off but the Kufra pick by Yawi pushed through the map looking for the perfect tyrant’s rage in connection with the feather air strike and blazing duet back up for the team damage. Lapu lapu’s sustain capabilities allowed Renejay to charge through the backline that opened doors for aggression for NXPE, this left Echo scrambling for safety and are forced to seek shelter in the fountain. With the lord secured by H2wo in the 16-minute mark, the squad set their sights on finishing the series, capitalizing the lead and damage advantage to end the game the minute after. This win allowed NXPE to switch places with BREN Esports in the standings and defy all expectations againt Hesa’s capabilities in chipping in a win for the team.
GAME 1: NXPE WIN 11-19 (29:43)
GAME 2: NXPE WIN 11-8 (17:39)