Blacklist tramples Onic, takes 2nd straight MPL title

MPL S8 finals: Blacklist protects crown after defeating Onic PH in Grand Finals

10/24/2021 4:53:00 PM

MPL S8 finals: Blacklist protects crown after defeating Onic PH in Grand Finals

Blacklist International defended its Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League crown after defeating Onic PH in a xx Grand Finals showdown, Sunday.

After sinking to the lower bracket, Blacklist climbed all the way up to the Grand Finals after defeating Smart Omega, 3-1 in an earlier matchup. It was also sweet revenge for a Blacklist squad that was swept by Onic late in the regular season. This is the second year in a row that Blacklist will be taking the crown. 

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Blacklist banked on late-game exploits, thanks to Danerie James "Wise" Del Rosario's season 7 championship-winning Aldous to draw the first game for Blacklist. Regular season MVP Salic "Hadji" Imam's Yve took the MVP recognition with a 100 percent kill participation. 

It was a back and forth for both teams in Game 2. But Game 2 Markyyyyy's Natan led the charge in a crucial teamfight down the bottom lane 20 minutes in, taking down three players en route to the base annihilation to level the series, 1-1. Captain Johnmar "OhMyV33nus" Villaluna's Mathilda went ham to start Game 3, building up a mega kill for his own to start the set and set the tempo, helping Blacklist regain the lead, 2-1. Wise took the MVP recognition with his Bane for Game 3, behind his massive damage output and a 7/2/6 kill-death-assist (KDA) record.

With Hadji's Chou in control, Blacklist banked on a clean game in Game 4, coming out unscathed and keeping Onic without a kill for a dominant route to match point. Hadji took another MVP recognition in Game 4 with 9 assists, as his Chou proved vital in ganks throughout the set. 

Blacklist banked on another dominant game in Game 4 to secure the title defense. Blacklist held the best record in MPL history in the regular season behind a 13-1 win-loss record, only falling behind Onic Philippines through a 2-0 sweep. They have only dropped two matches in the regular seasons of Season 7 and Season 8. 

Starting the playoffs in round 2 of the upper bracket, they fell to Smart Omega, 3-1, amid missing the services of OHEB, who faced a two-game suspension. Starting with the best record in Season 8, Onic PH ran riot with Kairi "Kairi" Rayosdesol's growth as a player, and the return of Allan "Baloyskie" Baloy as its captain.

They were the only team which defeated Blacklist in the regular season, behind a 2-0 sweep. BLACKLIST rosterCOACH: Kristoffer Ed "BON CHAN" RicaplazaONIC PH roster Read more: ABS-CBN News »

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