MANILA (UPDATE) —Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Philippines newcomers Laus Playbook Esports made their league debut with a bang, upsetting Nexplay Esports 2-1 in a come-from behind win Saturday.
Laus Playbook, which entered the tournament thanks to a January qualifying tournament, beat the odds and won against a more experienced Nexplay, a result touted by casters as a crucial game for the rookie squad.
Game 1 was a walk in the park for Nexplay — bannered by Renejay “RENEJAY” Barcarse, James “Jeymz” Gloria, John Paul “H2wo” Salonga, Tristan “Yawi” Cabrera, Dexter “Exort” Martinez, Lance “LanceCy” Cunanan — with a dominant showing to draw first blood against a tank-y Laus Playbook lineup, represented by Nowee “Ryota” Macasa, Joshua “Aspect” Tating, Jay “JAKE THE DOG” Lapitan, Paul Ian “Beemo” Sergio, and Erwin “Yakou” Magno.
Laus Playbook started slow but eventually picked up the pace, with the help of a few lineup changes to eventually dominate the set and force a decider.
They then made short work of Nexplay in Game 3 with a series of strategic plays, led by Aspect's Bruno to eventually notch the series win.
One notable play in the game is Bruno's "maniac", a move in which a hero reaps four nearby enemies and considered vital, as Laus Playbook pushed for their first win in the league.
Laus Playbook played with two of its players out of their bootcamp as part of health protocols, with the separated players cooped up at home and communicating with the team through a messaging app, Laus Playbook Esports coach Brian "Panda" Lim said on his Facebook account.
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