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One of the what-ifs Filipino fans have been anticipating is the team that will finally stain the UBE, or Ultimate Bonding Experience. Blacklist International- after securing one of the upper bracket spots in a close fight against Nexplay EVOS, initiated another showdown with the Banana Split strategy by ONIC Philippines- the team standing at second place with 22 points.
A surprise Karina pick was brought by the defending champions for Wise to utilize; together with a standard Kagura for Hadji, Benedetta for Edward, Alice for OHEB and Mathilda Airlines for The Queen, OhMyV33nus. On the other hand, early game pressure came in from the men in black-and-yellow with Abyssal Traps coming in from Baloyskie's Selena to pick off Mathilda and gain map advantage by taking down the middle outer turret in the 7th minute of the game.
Map control has been key for the Hedgehogs to create some space for Hatred's Natan to provide objective damage for faster gold to itemize. Beemo also had his share in the first 10 minutes of the game with the Hurricane dance to take one hero after another to put the Agents on the ropes, 6,000 down in terms of gold lead. Preparations were definitely made as ONIC Philippines made quick work of Blacklist in Round 1 thanks to Kairi's Mechanics as Paquito.
The second match seemed to be similar in terms of the first phases of the draft for both teams. Blacklist goes Mathilda and Benedetta, with a Kimmy to change things up for OHEB. On the other hand, ONIC stuck with their winning ways as they get Paquito, Natan and Selena. Grock and Barats entered the agents' pool as the newest surprises for Hadji and OHEB, respectively. Esmeralda and Jawhead wraps it up for Dlarskie and Beemo to hold the line and hope for the sweep.
Kairi is showing everyone that he is an absolute problem with Paquito at-hand. Getting the first two turtle objectives for the usual Retribution battle. However, action across all parts of the map is the game plan for Blacklist International as everyone is starting to put on the work. Rotations to take down turrets from the sideline gave the Agents more space to go around the map. ONIC planned to mirror their actions as they equalize in economy because of them being able to protect Hatred's Natan in the team fight. Blacklist almost ended the game under 12 minutes but failed to do so because of Beemo's game-saving play to throw Wise near the base, catching the turret aggro to keep the fight going.
But if there was a team that can Break the Code this season, it's the team that innovated to make their own META. Putting the fights in the tightest spaces left The Queen alone in the base to hold the line. However, it was truly too much for the Soul Blooms as the oppressors penetrated through their defenses and broke the house down in dominating fashion.
The streak ended at 11-1 with Blacklist finally having a yellow stain in their cloth, bringing 3 points to ONIC Philippines and cementing themselves in the upper bracket.
GAME 1: ONIC 19-11 (16:16)
GAME 2: ONIC 15-15 (15:58)