Kairi “Kairi” Rayosdelsol dazzled in his Lancelot and Fanny picks to power Onic Philippines to a 2-1 victory against Blacklist International in the opening match of the MPL Philippines Season 9 on Friday, Feb. 18.
The star jungler displayed his mastery on his signature picks as he dashed his way a 7-1-4 KDA on his Lancelot in the series opener before gliding to an equally impressive 8-2-7 line on his Fanny in the winner-take-all.
Kairi put on the work early as he connived with the midlane duo of Allen “Baloyskie” Baloy and Jaylord “Hatred” Gonzales to pressure Blacklist rookie Kent “Kevier” Lopez in his first game in the MPL.
Onic continued to deny Kevier his access to the resources as the much-experienced Kairi seized control of the jungle, allowing his Lancelot to quickly reach his power spike. He even scored an early triple kill in the first turtle fight to highlight Onic’s 14-6 Game 1 victory to draw the series’ first blood.
Blacklist, though, after enduring another solid start from Onic managed to tie the series after a hard earned 12-12 Game 2 win. The MPL S8 defending champions used the lord take at the eight-minute mark of the game to recover from a 3k gold deficit and took control of the match.
However, it took 27 minutes, three more Lords and a huge minion wave in the top and the bottom lane for Blacklist to end the match and force the decider.
Oheb dished out the damage from afar to finish with a 3-2-3 KDA while Edward impressed on his surprise Dyrroth pick with a 5-3-4 score line.
Kairi then took over in the rubber-match as Onic, just like in the first game, banked on its early aggression to throw Blacklist off-rhythm.
The M3 World champions showed some resistance with Kevier on the jungle Aulus holding the fort with a 4-1-6 KDA but was not enough to stop Kairi who also got ample support from Marky “Markyyy” Capacio’s Clint. Onic finished off blacklist with a 22-12 triumph in Game 3.