SINGAPORE (UPDATE) - Blacklist International on Sunday were crowned champions of the 3rd Mobile Legends: Bang Bang World Championship after winning against Onic PH, 4-0 in an all-Pinoy showdown at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre here.
Kiel Calvin "Oheb" Soriano and Danerie James "Wise" Del Rosario were poked early to start Game 1, and the Filipino champions were not able to draw major objectives in the first 10 minutes. But Wise's Yi Sun Shin kept them at bay by dealing damage.
It was in the 15th - 17th minute when Blacklist started to get back in the groove, through a team fight down the lord area which saw Oheb and Wise connect for a 3-0 exchange.
With the lord taken down the 20th minute, Blacklist pushed for a last team fight that resulted in a wipeout.
Even with the hard start, "The Filipino Sniper" emerged as the MVP in Game 1 with a 5/5/10 kill-death-assist tally card with his Clint.
Both squads had good drafts to start Game 2. But Oheb's Beatrix went ham, thanks to Salic "Hadji" Imam's Pharsa and Edward "Edward" Jay Dapadap's Uranus giving him openings to deal damage.
Blacklist then capitalized on Onic PH over-committing on a lord fight 11:32 minutes into Game 2, taking down four of Onic PH's heroes en route to the base take.
Onic PH banked on a Lolita pick that came out big for them when Blacklist grouped up, but Blacklist had too much damage on them, overpowering Onic PH on most occasions.
From there, Blacklist just snowballed through Game 4 to secure the landslide victory and recognition as the best Mobile Legends team in the world.
After a dominant showing in the Group Stages, Blacklist International fell to the lower bracket after a 3-2 escape by the BloodThirstyKings of North America.
From there, they had a longer climb from the lower bracket, avenging against Onic Indonesia, eliminating Keyd Stars, title favorites RRQ Hoshi, hometown team EVOS SG and capping that off with a vengeful 3-1 win against BTK.
Onic PH had the shorter route to the Grand Finals seat. After topping what was described as the "group of death," they swept their upper bracket playoff matches against RRQ Hoshi, RSG Singapore, and BTK to punch the first finals ticket.
They are the second straight Filipino squad to take home the world title in the hit mobile game, after Bren Esports copped the title in the M2 World Championships held earlier this year.
Blacklist International roster
COACH: Kristoffer "Bon Chan" Ricaplaza
Edward Jay "EDWARD" Dapadap
Danerie "Wise" James Del Rosario
Dexstar "Dex Star" Louise Alaba
Johnmar "OhMyV33NUS" Villaluna
Kiel Calvin "OHEB" Soriano
Mark Jayson "ESON" Gerardo
Salic "Hadji" Imam
Onic PH roster
COACH: Paul Denver "Coach Yeb" Miranda
Allen Jedric "Baloyskie" Baloy (captain)
Kairi "Kairi" Rayosdelsol
Gerald "Dlarskie" Trinchera
Karl Mico "Micophobia" Tarala
Mark Christian "Markyyyyy" Etcobañez
Jaylord "Hatred" Gonzales
Paul Ian "Beemo" Sergio
Nowee "Ryota" Cabailo