Mobile Legends: Blacklist secure first MPL Season 8 playoff slot after winning 10 in a row

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Posted at Sep 26 2021 08:34 PM | Updated as of Sep 26 2021 10:12 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) defending champs Blacklist International take the first slot in the Season 8 playoffs undecoded after being undefeated in 10 games, as they outlasted RSG Philippines 2-0 in Sunday's game. 

RSG Philippines had the upper hand in most of Game 1, but a gank on Nathanael “Nathzz” Estrologo's Uranus, and a subsequent lord take in the 15th-minute mark helped Blacklist mount a huge comeback and take Game 1. 

"Yung namatay si Nathzzz dun nag-start momentum namin na mahawakan 'yong Lord," Blacklist team captain Johnmar "OhMyV33nus" Villaluna said in a post-match interview. 

Kiel “Oheb'' Soriano's surprise Kimmy pick and Danerie James “Wise” Del Rosario's Aldous wreaked havoc as they combined for 10 the defending champions' kills en route to securing the sweep in Game 2. 

Oheb took both MVP awards for Game 1 and Game 2 with his Alice and Kimmy, respectively. 

The win assures the defending champions of a slot in the playoffs, with two weeks left in the regular season. They will automatically qualify for the second phase of the playoffs if they keep their winning ways intact. 

In a post-match press conference, Wise said the squad was happy with securing the playoff slot. But added they will have to grind harder to get an automatic berth in round 2 of the playoffs. 

In other MPL action, Echo Philippines took down a struggling TNC Pro Team squad in a 2-1 thriller. 

Meanwhile, Onic Philippines swept Nexplay EVOS, who have lost three straight games, in Sunday's last match-up. 

The results keep Blacklist as the season front-runners with 26 points. Onic paces right behind them at second place with 22 points, while Echo and Nexplay remain on the fourth and sixth slots, respectively.