Patrick James “E2max” Caidic expressed his excitement as Omega Esports earned the right to challenge the defending champions Blacklist International following its 3-1 victory over ECHO in the MPL Philippines Season 8 playoffs on Thursday.

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The OMG captain admitted that the team was looking forward for their match against Blacklist not just to rekindle the rivalry to an old nemesis but also to bring back the healthy competition between the two teams which was tainted by issues outside the game.

“Sobrang excited na po kami na makalaban ang Blacklist, alam naman natin na sobrang daming mga naging issue nung maga nakaraan. Ngayon gusto lang namin mapakita na ibalik yung dating laban ng Blacklist at ng Omega yung dating healthy rivalry rin,” said E2max in the post-game interview following their victory over ECHO.

E2max and Omega will face a familiar foe in Blacklist – the team that beat them in last MPL season’s Grand Finals in a thrilling seven-game series. Omega, then under the banner of Execration, exacted its revenge against Blacklist, beating them in five games in the Grand Finals of MSC.

The competition between the two squads, however, turned sour following issues between its players. Duane “Kelra” Pillas even got suspended for two weeks by the MPL over his controversial remarks towards Blacklist stars Jonmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna and Danerie “Wise” Del Rosario.

Blacklist’s sophomore gold laner Kiel “OHEB” Soriano was also suspended for two matches after flashing its middle finger to the camera following Blacklist’s sweep of Omega in their final match in the regular season.

Despite the past issues, E2max clarified that there’s no bad blood between the two teams while also asking the fans of both teams to refrain from fighting.

“Sana ‘yung mga fans, ‘di na mag away away kasi kami, wala naman kaming hinaing sa mga players talagang tropa lahat. Gusto lang namin maenjoy ‘yung game kaya excited na kami bukas against Blacklist,” added E2max.

Omega and Blacklist will engage in a best-of-five series with the winner advancing to the upper bracket finals while the losing team will drop to the lower bracket. Blacklist will still play without OHEB.