It’s a battle of firepower when the No. 3 seed Nexplay Evos and No. 6 RSG Philippines collide in the first match of the MPL Philippines Season 8 playoffs on Thursday, October 21.
NXPE is looking to give the new kids on the block a rude MPL playoffs welcome while RSG PH wants to prove that its “King Slayers” title is no fluke. Onic Philippines, on the other hand, is just patiently waiting for its prey in the upper bracket.
Nexplay Evos had RSG’s number for both the games they played in the regular season. RSG had never won a single game against NXPE with their two meetings resulting to a 2-0 sweep in favor of the latter.
It wasn’t an exactly dominating sweep for NXPE. In their first meeting in Week 3 for instance, RSG was in full control in Game 2 right from the get go and enjoyed a 13k gold lead spiked by a 9-3 kill tally. NXPE had to dig deep to complete the 13-12 come-from-behind win.
In terms of numbers, RSG has the edge over NXPE in almost every category. The MPL playoff newcomers has better kills per game average (13.21), assists per game (29.29) and KDA (4.03) as compared to NXP’s kills (12.79), assists (24.59) and KDA (2.64).
Nexplay has bigger hero pool with 49 unique heroes picked against RSG’s 41.
DemonKite vs H2wo
The match-up between will also put spotlight to two of the league’s premiere junglers. RSG’s super rookie Cedrix “Demonkite” Caranto will test his mettle in the playoffs against NXPE star John Paul “H2wo” Salonga.
Demonkite made waves in the regular season after using his signature jungle heroes Paquito, Benedetta and Hayabusa. He topped the KDA leaderboards with 5.82 and third in kill counts with a total of145 total in 34 games.
Meanwhile, after a rough start, H2wo found his form midway through the regular season. One big factor how NXPE managed to take the third seed is H2wo’s resurgence during the Week 6 and Week 7. The one-third of NXP’s big three still finished No. 2 in kills ranking with 146 and a 4.29 KDA.
Another match-up to look out for is the battle in the Gold Lane where rookie Johnwin “Hesa” Vergara challenges seasoned veteran Christian “Iy4knu” Manaog. Hesa, after NXP’s adjustment to partner him with Renejay “RENEJAY” Barcase as the team’s two sidelanes, showed promise in their last few series. Iya4knu, on the other hand, consistently provided RSG late game presence especially with his signature Alice.
ONIC awaits its prey
In a short chat with Onic PH head coach Denver “Yeb” Miranda, he shared that his team is not preparing for any specific team.
“Naghahanda kami sa RSG and NXPE para kung sino makapasok ready kami. Of course, threat sila pareho katulad ng lahat ng teams,” Miranda said.
His wards are ready to take on any of the two squads. Kairi “Kairi” Rayosdelsol, who topped the league in number of kills with 152, is ready to take the challenge from anyone between H2wo and Demonkite. And whether its Jaylord “Hatred” Gonzales or Mark “Markyyy” Capacio, Onic’s gold laners are ready for an explosive fight with Hesa or Iy4knu.