There might be a déjà vu in the finals of the popular e-sports game Mobile Legends: Bang Bang—a match between two Filipino teams contending for the world title.
Previously, Blacklist, led by 28-year-old Johnmar “OhMyV33Nus” Villaluna, swept the Allen Jedric “Baloyskie” Baloy-led Onic Philippines, four games to none, and delivered the Philippines’ second world title in two successions.
The back-to-back champion’s head coach, Kristoffer “Bon Chan” Ricaplaza, is hoping it will happen again, this time against Echo Philippines.
During MPL S10 Week 3, the Orcas defeated the reigning champion despite being stunned by the Diggie-Balmond combo. They then met in the finals, where the Codebreakers emerged victorious, 3-0.
“Sana gano’n ulit ‘yung kabagksakan,” Ricaplaza hoped last Sunday. “For example nung M3 na natalo rin kami sa BTK, this time we lost to Falcon and sana doon ulit magtapos na same rematch as MPL Season 10 and hopefully ma-defend ulit namin ‘yung title.”
An All-Filipino Showdown in Finals? It’s Possible!
Accordingly, the dream of Ricaplaza could be possible. Blacklist and Echo have already secured their respective spots in the upper bracket semifinals.
The Codebreakers will be facing RRQ Hoshi. On the other hand, the Orcas are up against Indonesian powerhouse Onic Esports.
Since both Filipino teams have reached the upper bracket, they have a huge chance of appearing in the finals. However, if one loses, one must topple opponents in the lower bracket.
“Compared nung sa M3, which is nalaglag agad kami sa lower bracket and palagay ko hindi naman siya totally disadvantage dahil doon sa pagkalaglag namin sa lower bracket nung M3 ay marami kaming natutunan. ‘Yun nga lang, ayun ‘yung mahabang way para makaabot sa finals and makuha ‘yung title,” recalled Ricaplaza.
But if Blacklist and Echo could defeat RRQ and Onic, they would meet earlier than expected, particularly during the upper bracket finals, and a déjà vu in the finals of Mobile Legends will take place.