MPL Season 9: RSG Philippines shuts door on Omega's Cinderella run to take title

Angela Coloma, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 02 2022 12:25 AM | Updated as of May 02 2022 01:25 AM

Courtesy: MPL Philippines
RSG Philippines carry their Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League trophy after dominating over Omega Esports in the Grand Finals, Saturday. 

MANILA (UPDATE) - RSG Philippines are the new Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League champions after shutting down Omega Esports, 4-1, in Season 9's grand finals held at the SMX Convention Center, in a showdown that spanned until Monday midnight. 

RSG banked on their systematic gameplay to snowball and dispose of Omega in a dominant Game 1 matchup, as Nathanael “Nathzz” Estrologo cleanly disrupted Omega in team fights. 

Omega leveled through a low-scoring Game 2, as the “comeback kings” fixated itself on pushing down lanes to take the opponent’s base, highlighted by a wild goose chase on Grant Duane "Kelra" Pillas, which eventually turned towards Omega’s favor thanks to Joshua "Ch4knu" Mangilog's heroics. 

Omega drew 2 kills, compared to RSG’s 0 - the lowest scoreline in the league's history - with Ch4knu earning the MVP honors behind a 1/0/1 KDA record.

RSG dominated the battle of macro-plays in Game 4 to reach match point, with Eman "EMANN" Sangco providing the finishers in team fights. 

EMANN earned the MVP honors in Game 4 behind a 6/1/5 KDA. 

Zoning defined Game 5 in favor of RSG, with a siege around the 20th minute allowing them to pull ahead. 

Nathzz emerged as the Finals MVP as his clutch zoning capabilities stopped Omega's chances of pulling their signature comebacks. 

This is also Brian "Panda" Lim's second title as professional head coach, after steering ArkAngel to the championship in Season 3. 

RSG Philippines topped the regular season standings with 31 points and an 11-3 win-loss record, highlighted by a 7-game winning streak midway through Season 9. 

The Kingslayers did not drop a single match in their playoff campaign, until the grand finals. 

As finalists, both Omega and RSG will represent the Philippines in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup to be held in June in Malaysia.