RSG BOUNCES BACK WITH A PLEASANT SURPRISE AND PUTS AN END TO THE REIGN OF THE UNBEATEN

RSG BOUNCES BACK WITH A PLEASANT SURPRISE AND PUTS AN END TO THE REIGN OF THE UNBEATEN
Publish Date 11 Sep 2021
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ONIC PH has certainly become a threat for most of the franchise teams this MPL Season 8, but nonetheless RSG PH apparently came into this matchup well-prepared. Unlike the previous lineups provided to us by ONIC, we aren’t seeing any hero that will complete the “banana split” identity ONIC presented us for the past two weeks from their game 1 lineup. The gameplay and strategy remains the same, however, RSG gave us the perfect answer to this threat of ONIC as they constantly were able to force teamfights and answer to ONIC’s attempts at taking objectives. RSG did not allow ONIC to maximize the full potential of their lineup which was best utilized against single targets especially due to the Mathilda and Hayabusa pick. Kairi on the Hayabusa made attempts to proceed with the split pushes and turret objectives despite the lead that RSG held for most of the game’s duration, but RSG did not let a single minion wave far into their territory--successfully giving ONIC their second game loss for this season.

RSG proceeds with game 2 while attempting to maintain their momentum and aggression, but ONIC and their fighting spirit isn’t something that can easily be taken down. ONIC dominates game 2 during the early up until the mid-late stages of the game, but ONIC failed to put an end to the game during the first lord push despite them clearly having the upper hand due to a slight miscalculation by Kairi on the Hayabusa--allowing RSG to take him down first and eventually fighting back against ONIC, going back and forth and prolonging the game up to 25 minutes. Despite that, ONIC and their strategies, especially Ryota on his unkillable Esmeralda were too much to deal with, and ONIC was eventually able to take back game number 2.

The deciding game started strong for both teams as early as the drafting phase, and it seems like RSG and ONIC knew what they already wanted to do to secure the series. RSG, though, was able to go for the better execution of their lineup and it is precisely through this game that we see how a marksman jungler isn’t often utilized as of the moment due to the fast-paced and mobility-heavy meta we’ve been seeing so far this season. Surprisingly, the unfazed prevail over the unbeaten, and the streak has come to an end.

GAME 1:

Duration: 22:05

Score: 11-16 in favor of RSG

Match MVP: Nathzz

GAME 2:

Duration: 25:15

Score: 10-11 in favor of ONIC

Match MVP: Ryota

GAME 3:

Duration: 17:17

Score: 18-7 in favor of RSG

Match MVP: Demonkite

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