There’s going to be an MPL-Philippines “El Clasico” in the ONE Esports MPL Invitational after Aura PH dispatched its sister team Aura Indonesia, 2-1, on Saturday.
With the win, the two-time champion Aura PH set up a clash against twice runner-up Onic PH, which also beat its sister club Onic Indonesia, 2-1, in the opening day.
The winner between the two bitter rivals will meet MPL-PH Season 6 titlist Bren Esports at the top of Bracket B of the 20-team tourney that stakes a total prize pool of $100,000 (P48 million).
Meanwhile, the “V33Wise”-powered Blacklist International came through with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Malaysia’s Resurgence to arrange a duel with Indonesian side Geek Fam in Bracket C.
Aura PH pulled off a 25-minute win in Game 1 behind Jaypee “Jaypee” Dela Cruz’s Harith who tallied a 7-1-5 kill-death-assist record.
After dropping the second game, Jaypee’s Kagura and Benedict “Bennyqt” Gonzales’ Esmeralda joined forces to dish out the damage before Ashley “Killuash” Cruz’s Chou secured the win by focusing on the base turret in the series decider.
Blacklist earlier erased an opening loss deficit as Danerie James “Wise” Del Rosario’s signature Yi Sun-shin took over with a 7-0-5 record while Jonmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna’s Estes provided the much-needed sustain in Game 2.
OhMyV33nus’ Estes proved to be the key for Blacklist to complete the comeback in Game 3 with Wise’s Harith and Edward “EDWARD” Dapadap’s Lunox dealing the magic burst.