Mobile Legends: Blacklist books first slot in MPL7 finals after trampling over Aura PH

Angela Coloma, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 29 2021 06:55 PM | Updated as of Jun 01 2021 11:00 AM

MANILA—Blacklist International on Saturday booked the first ticket to the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League grand finals as it trampled over Aura PH, 3-1, in the upper bracket finals. 

Blacklist banked on Jonmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna’s Mathilda, as he set up plays that forged a dominant Game 1 victory for the league leaders.

Aura busted three turrets early in Game 2, but a failed assassination on Danerie James “Wise” Del Rosario gave Blacklist the momentum to counter and pull through to put the squad at match point. 

Wise was declared MVP in Game 2 as he timed his attacks well. 

Aura PH put up a good start courtesy of Jaypee "Jaypee" Dela Cruz’s double kills early into Game 3 as Rafaela. They stopped Wise’s Granger from getting his buff and finding answers to the Diggie strategy that beat them down in the first two games. 

“Gusto lang muna namin i-make sure kung ano mangyari kung saan papasok sila sa gameplay namin. Ok naman kasi napunish nila nang todo si Wise,” head coach Bon “Bon Chan” Ricaplaza said in the post-match playoffs. 

"Siyempre as the captain, kailangan talaga ang composure. Katulad ng scenario with Bren na game 3 and game 4, nakacomeback kami, dapat composed ka pa lang."

But Wise’s Aldous and Edward “EDWARD” Dapadap's Benedetta proved to be the answer for Blacklist as they dominated Aura PH in Game 4 and punched the finals ticket. 

The finals appearance also meant Blacklist will be one of the qualifying teams to represent the Philippines in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asian Cup to be held early June. 

Aura PH will move down the lower bracket where it will face the winner between Bren Esports and Execration, which was ongoing as of writing.

More details to follow 

ROSTER

BLACKLIST INTERNATIONAL 

  • Jonmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna
  • Dexter “DEX STAR” Alaba
  • Kiel “Oheb” Soriano
  • Danerie James “Wise” Del Rosario
  • Edward “EDWARD” Dapadap
  • Mark Jayson "ESON" Gerardo

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