Blacklist sends RSG crashing, punches first ticket to Sibol Grand Finals

Published January 29, 2022, 5:35 PM

by Reynald I. Magallon

Blacklist International sent RSG Philippines crashing back to earth with a dominant 3-0 sweep to punch the first ticket to the 2022 Sibol National Team Grand Finals on Saturday, Jan. 29.

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Coming into the game red-hot following huge wins against Omega Esports and Onic Philippines, RSG PH suffered a harsh reality check at the hands of the two-time MPL Philippines champions.

A perfect Game 1 performance that saw Blacklist totally shut down RSG PH, 10-0, set the tone for the three-game rout. Lee Howard “OWL” Gonzales continued to prove worth as he led the onslaught with a 3-0-5 KDA in series opener while Jonmar “Ohmyv33nus” Villaluna on the Mathilda and Salic “Hadji” Imam on the Pharsa provided constant pressure on RSG’s core heroes.

RSG PH showed better fight in the second game with the duo of Christian “Iyaknu” Manaog on the Popol and Kupa and Arvie “Aqua” Antonio making the plays for RSG.

That, however, hardly rattled Blacklist as the M3 world champions prevailed in the most crucial team fights with the help of Hadji’s Yve which finished a perfect 1-0-6 KDA and Owl’s Claude who contributed 3-0-7 line.

Wise had his free reigns in the jungle using his Karina while also securing the crucial pick offs in Blacklist’s 10-7 Game 2 triumph.

The lopsided losses seemed to have broken the spirits of RSG coming into the Game 3 as Blacklist easily cruised to the 9-3 deciding win. It was once again Owl who starred in the match as he scored all of Blacklist’s kills in the score board with a 9-0-0 KDA.

Hadji provided support on his tank Chou also unleashing a spotless 0-0-8 showing.