RSG PH shocks world champ

Photograph courtesy of RSG RSG PH pulls off a surprise when it defeated ECHO via a 2-0 sweep in Season 11 of the MPL Philippines.

RSG PH pulled off the biggest upset as it shocked reigning M4 world champion ECHO, 2-0, in the Mobile Legends Professional League Philippines Season 11 over the weekend.

Bannered by Dylan “Light” Catipon, RSG PH played the unorthodox tank Lancelot build that served as the key to their victory in the series via an impressive sweep.

RSG PH coach Brian “Panda” Lim admitted that he was nervous facing ECHO knowing that it has a powerful roster led by roamer Tristan “YAWI” Cabrera, jungler Karl “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno and gold laner Benedict “Bennyqt” Gonzales.

“I was very nervous playing against a world champion in ECHO because I have big respect for this team,” said Panda, who also banked on Eman “Emann” Sangco, Nathanael “Nathzz” Estrologo, Dexter “Exort” Martinez and John Paul “H2wo” Salonga in completing the upset.

He added that they really worked hard to prepare.

“For preparations, there was a lot of scolding around three hours and then we reviewed. I kept repeating the key points of ECHO. I am happy that they played with discipline, communication and trust.”
The stunning upset was the first setback that powerhouse ECHO suffered this season.

On the contrary, it improved RSG PH’s regular season standing to 5-2 with 14 points to claim the No. 3 spot in the ladder.

Meanwhile, three-time MPL champion Blacklist International started Week 4 on a sour note as it suffered a disappointing 0-2 loss at the hands of Bren Esports.

They, however, bounced back with a strong 2-0 performance over Nexplay EVOS.

Blacklist head coach Arniel “Master the Basics” Jiandani said the goal is to tap the lessons they gained from their previous setbacks to perform better in the second half of the regular season.

Right now, Blacklist is at No. 4 with a 4-3 standing and 11 points.

“For now, we are focused on improving,” Master the Basics said.

“Whatever we learned in the first half [of the regular season] that is what we would adjust to in the second half. I expect them (the players) to improve a lot more in what we do, play style, and individual skills. We just have to stick to our goals.”

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