Blacklist International’s winning code remains unbreakable in MPL as it silences NXP

Published April 17, 2021, 3:54 PM

by Jeremiah Sevilla

Screenshot from MPL Philippines 

Until now, no one could break the winning code of Blacklist International. 

Blacklist continued its unbeaten run and regained the group lead as it manhandled Nexplay Esports, 2-0, in the MPL Philippines Season 7 on Saturday, April 17. 

Coach Kristoffer “BON CHAN” Ricaplaza’s crew once again displayed its superior drafting and solid chemistry in team fights to stay unscathed in four matches so far in Moonton’s local professional league. 

Blacklist also recovered the Group B top spot from Execration after improving to 11 points and posting its third straight victory via sweep. 

For its part, NXP suffered its third consecutive defeat as it remained on a tie at third with Smart Omega both with six points in the same group at the meantime. 

It was a neck-and-neck battle until the midgame in Game 1 but the speed boost from both Jayson “ESON” Gerardo’s Rafaela and Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna’s Mathilda worked wonders for Blacklist in the closing stretch. 

That enabled DJ “Wise” Del Rosario’s Granger, Edward “EDWARD” Dapadap’s Lapu-Lapu and Kiel “OHEB” Soriano’s Alice to chase opposing heroes while also allowing Blacklist to opt out of unfavorable team fights. 

OhMyV33nus and company slowly took the advantage before hammering the final nail in the coffin with the help of the Luminous Lord for a 17-10 win in 16 minutes. 

NXP once again got off to a good start in Game 2 as John Paul “H2wo” Salonga’s Ling snatched away the purple and orange buffs of Wise’s Granger while also taking the first Turtle. 

However, Blacklist turned the tides of the battle with dominant clash engagements behind OHEB’s Alice, EDWARD’s Benedetta and OhMyV33nus’ Yve. 

A clutch Luminous Lord kill by OHEB against NXP’s attempt for a steal sealed the deal for Blacklist with a 21-8 scoreline in 19 minutes.