Mobile Legends: For Blacklist, MPL7 playoff standings takes precedence, not win streak

Angela Coloma, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 23 2021 03:14 AM | Updated as of Apr 23 2021 06:04 AM

Mobile Legends: For Blacklist, MPL7 playoff standings takes precedence, not win streak 1
From L-R Blacklist International's Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna, Danerie James “Wise” Del Rosario, head coach Bon “Bon Chan” Ricaplaza, and Mark Jayson "ESON" Gerardo. Screengrab from: Blacklist International's press conference.

MANILA (UPDATE)—Bren Esports, Blacklist International, and Aura PH continued their hot streaks after upending their respective opponents in Season 7 of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League on Thursday. 

In the day’s headliner match, Bren Esports swept Work Auster Force, in what was called the battle between the “Super Rookies” and “World Champions." 

Thanks to good map control, Bren easily took Game 1 against a Work Auster Force team, which used comfort hero draft picks. 

David “FlapTzy” Canon broke Bren’s losing streak with character Paquito in Game 1. Prior to the match, Bren had not won a game using the hero, losing in the first four times they used the hero inspired by boxing champ Manny Pacquiao. 

Karl “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno proved he was the M2 World Champion Finals MVP for a reason, leading Bren using assassin hero Lancelot to get the MVP honors for Game 2. KarlTzy used Lancelot when Bren upended the Burmese Ghouls en route to the world title. 

With the win, Bren said it felt it regained its footing after a three game slump in the opening league matches. 

"We play even it’s just that for the past couple of weeks hindi pa namin ma-integrate because it was slow. [Now] our game pacing was medyo mabilis. Ngayon nakukuha na namin kung paano namin nagagawa ang league," Bren head coach Francis "Duckeyyy" Glindro said in a press conference. 

Meanwhile, Blacklist International hiked its winning run to 6 after defeating Smart Omega, 2-1. 

Blacklist took Game 1 with ease, but failed to carry on the momentum for Game 2 as Internet problems stopped their game for 15 minutes. 

"Fifteen minutes yung pause. 15 minutes nakatunganga, nawala sa paglalaro," Danerie James “Wise” Del Rosario said of the situation in a press conference. 

Smart Omega's Diggie strategy in Game 3 wasn't enough to contain Blacklist in the thrilling match-up.

Speaking of their winning run, Johnmar "OhMyV33nus" Villaluna said their preparations gave them his team an edge over the opposition. 

"For me, mas more on preparations siguro sa game namin, katulad na who will break the code? Before pa nila ibreak ang code, nagwa-one step ahead na kami kaya kung mabreak nila [may paraan pa kami]," Villaluna said in a press conference Friday. 

Aura PH, meanwhile, swept Cignal Ultra, 2-0 sending the latter to a fifth straight loss since starting league campaign last week.

This brought Aura to its fourth consecutive league match win. 


BREN ESPORTS - CJ “Ribo” Ribo, Karl “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno, David “FlapTzy” Canon, EJ “Ejhay” Sambrano, Angelo “Pheww” Arcangel, Allan “Lusty” Castromayor

WORK AUSTER FORCE - Daniel “Chuuu” Chu, Dylan “Unravel” Catipon, Patrick “rTzy” Grecia, Thom Aldrin "Moht" R. Bernardo, Clarense “Kousei” Camilo, and Frediemar “3MarTzy” Serafico

BLACKLIST INTERNATIONAL - Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna, Dexter “DEX STAR” Alaba, Kiel “Oheb” Soriano, Danerie James “Wise” Del Rosario, Edward “EDWARD” Dapadap, Mark Jayson "ESON" Gerardo

SMART OMEGA - Jiane “Kenji” Villa, Jeniel “Haze” Bata-anon, EJ “Heath” Esperanza, Salic “Hadjizy” Imam, Jankurt “KurtTzy” Matira, and Adrian “Toshi” Bacallo

AURA PH - Christian Provido "Rafflesia" Fajura, Allen Jedric "Greed_" O. Baloy, Ashley Marco "Killuash" Dungo Cruz, Jaypee "Jaypee" Dela Cruz, Frederic Benedict "Bennyqt" A. Gonzales, Jaymark Aaron "Lord Hadess" Tomas Lazaro

CIGNAL ULTRA - Arvie “Aquaboy” Antonio, DJ “ImbaDeejay” Astibe, Janus “JANUS” Badando, Jhones “RHEA” De Leon, Jefferdson “Kekedot” Mogol, Benson “Bensanity” Paglinawan 


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