Jaypee “Jaypee” Dela Cruz and Benedict “Bennyqt” Gonzales carried the streaking hot Aura PH to a 2-0 sweep over Laus Playbook Esports and back to the top of Group A in the MPL Philippines Season 7 on Sunday, May 9.
Veteran jungler-turned-tank Jaypee stepped up with his Chou in the first game before star gold laner Bennyqt on his Alice sparked the momentum-shifting team fight victory in the series clincher.
Aura snagged its fourth straight win and regained the solo lead in Group A with 24 points on a 9-2 series record.
The boys of coaches Michael Angelo “Arcadia” Bocado and Steven “DaleDalus” Vitug also came agonizingly close to securing a spot in the MPL Playoffs upper bracket.
Aura currently holds the head-to-head advantage over Bren Esports and Onic PH while even a single game loss by Work Auster Force to LPE next week will assure them an upper bracket seat.
The two-time MPL champion squad went on a scorching start with Mark “LORD HADESS” Lazaro’s Ling getting kills after kills and farming up his core items. But he committed some misplays which LPE quickly punished to spark hopes of a comeback.
Jaypee’s Chou took charge down the closing stretch by coming up with big-time initiations through his Flicker plus Jeet Kune Do or The Way of Dragon ultimate combinations to secure the 22-9 triumph in 20 minutes.
It was LPE that dictated the tempo in Game 2 with Arvin “Arvs” Bacayan’s Mathilda and Joshua “Aspect” Tating’s Yi Sun-Shin spearheading the charge.
However, Bennyqt’s Alice turned the tides of the battle as he led the pivotal 3-for-1 trade at choke point in Aura’s jungle in the 9th minute.
Bennyqt and company never looked behind from there as they went for the first Lord kill and closed out the come-from-behind 13-9 victory in nearly 14 minutes with a team wipe.
Coach Brian “Panda” Lim’s LPE absorbed its second straight setback and dropped to 3-7 as it remained at the bottom of Group B with only eight points.