Mobile Legends: Onic PH shocks world champs Bren Esports in upset

Angela Coloma, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2021 09:22 PM | Updated as of Mar 20 2021 11:30 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) -- Onic PH on Saturday came away with a stunning victory over national and world champions Bren Esports 2-1 in their opening game in Season 7 of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Philippines Saturday.

Onic PH, bannered by Kairi “Kairi” Rayosdelsol, Christian “Iy4knu” Manaog, Jaylord “Hate” Gonzales, Gerald “Dlar” Trinchera, Jason “Jay” Torculas, and Marky “Markyyyyy” Capacio did not look like last season's 4th-placers against a Bren Esports team fresh off a world title win after clawing from behind to take the win. 

Maintaining its roster bannered by David “FlapTzy” Canon, CJ “Ribo” Ribo, most valuable player Karl “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno, EJ “Ejhay” Sambrano Allan “Lusty” Castromayor, and Angelo “Pheww” Arcangel, Bren quickly took Game 1, with the help of good map control and disciplined gameplay. 

Bren was moments away from sweeping Game 2 but crucial movements such as Iy4knu's item pickups and kills by Onic PH's Lunox, Roger, and Uranus in the endgame carried them to a decider. 

Some errors got the best of Bren in crucial parts of the set , head coach Francis “Duckeyyy” Glindro said in a post-match conference Saturday. 

“Medyo ano kasi . . . Nagkaroon kami ng error sa pag-close out ng game. Nag-overextend sila . . . Unfortunately, naubos sila yun. Which was a really bad call, so asahan niyo na aayusin ang errors,” Glindro said of the situation. 

(We kind of had errors in closing out the game. They over-extended. Unfortunately, they were wiped out, which was a really bad call. You can count on us though to fix the errors.) 

Onic PH dominated the rubber match, making quick work of the defending champs and eventually snagging the win in what was called the "battle of the black and yellow teams." 

Bren Esports will seek to bounce back as it goes up against Nexplay Esports on Sunday, March 21.