MPL Season 10: Kenji gifts RSG with first win in return; TNC kept winless

Angela Coloma, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 19 2022 08:02 PM | Updated as of Aug 19 2022 09:59 PM

Kenneth Jiane 'Kenji' Villa. Courtesy: MPL Philippines 
Kenneth Jiane "Kenji" Villa. Courtesy: MPL Philippines 

MANILA (UPDATED) -- Defending MPL Philippines champions RSG Philippines finally came away with a win against TNC Pro Team, who crashed to their third straight loss in the regular season of MPL Season 10 the ICITE Auditorium in Quezon City, Friday. 

The game marked Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Jiane "Kenji" Villa's return to professional play after being sidelined for most of Season 9 and the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup in Malaysia, where the Kingslayers earned the title last June. He replaced last season's Grand Finals MVP Nathanael "Nathzzz" Estrologo. 

An attack by Arvee "Aqua" Arvonio on the 16th minute in Game 1 from the backline negated TNC's counter-engage down the lord, leading to a double kill and breathing space for RSG to march down their opponents' base. 

Aqua earned the MVP honors in Game 1 with his Kagura, behind a flawless 5 kill and 5 assist record. 

Kenji's Uranus cut minion waves early into Game 2, and paid dividends in zoning out the opponents towards the late game. 

The SEA Games medalist ended his MPL return with a MVP nod, behind three kills, three deaths, and eight assists. 

"Biglaan din kasi to eh kasi 3 days pa lang kami nagpapractice kaya may kanunting kaba kasi hindi pa ano parang safe na safe," Kenji said during the post-match interview. 

RSG Philippines now have a 1-1 record, while TNC Pro Team remain at the bottom of standings, with a 0-3 slate -- a far cry from their performance during the last regular season, when they at one point became the league's frontrunners. 

"I feel like TNC is like us. The strategy we are using is [a lot like theirs]. Not much difference in like the heroes. I'm not saying this is bad. We're just trying different players, different heroes -- it's always good to adapt to different things," head coach Brian "Panda" Lim said during the post-match interview. 

RSG Philippines will face Onic Philippines on Sunday, while TNC will have yet another tall order, against Omega Esports the same day, as they try and eke out a win.

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