MPL Season 9: RSG Philippines top standings after sweeping Echo

Angela Coloma, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 02 2022 11:24 PM | Updated as of Apr 03 2022 12:41 AM

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RSG Philippines celebrate their win against Echo PH in MPL - Philippines Season 9. The result catapulted them to the top spot in the league standings. Courtesy: MPL Philippines

MANILA (UPDATED) - RSG Philippines lead the standings in Season 9 of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League after sweeping Echo PH, in Saturday's showdown.

A turtle clash that saw RSG burst down three of Echo PH's heroes became the catalyst for the Kingslayers to pull away in Game 1, even as the Orcas took the early-game objective.

RSG took control of the map, with all their turrets intact to end the set. 

Jonard "Demonkite" Caranto emerged as the MVP in Game 1 with his Baxia, behind a 4/1/7 kill-death-assist (KDA) record. 

Echo had better map control coming into Game 2, managing to knock down two turrets. 

But RSG regained the momentum when they erupted with a 3-1 trade in a counter-go that allowed the Kingslayers to take the lord. 

RSG never looked back, with Dylan “Light” Catipon's Khufra providing knock-ups and disrupting Echo during team fights, and Arvie "Aqua" Antonio, and Eman "EMANN" Songco following that up with burst damage to outplay the Orcas. 

Light emerged MVP in Game 2, with a 2/1/13 KDA record. 

RSG now have 27 points in the league standings. Echo are not far behind with 25 at 2nd place. 

Echo will try and bounce back against Onic Philippines on April 8. 

BREN, OMEGA THWART ELIMINATION THREATS 

Meanwhile, Bren Esports and Omega Esports thwarted elimination threats the same day after winning matches against Blacklist International (2-1) and Nexplay EVOS (2-0), respectively. 

Those wins were crucial for both Bren and Omega, who needed to secure the points to stay in the playoff race. 

With the results, Blacklist dropped to 7th place with 12 points, while Omega Esports have 13. Bren Esports remain in last place with 10 points. 

Blacklist will face a waxing hot RSG Philippines on Sunday, and Omega Esports on April 9 in their last two games. Meanwhile, Bren Esports will face Omega, and 3rd-seed TNC Pro Team next week in their last two matches.