IT’S THE BATTLE of the top two teams of the regular season as Blacklist International and ECHO PH went head-to-head in a crucial upper bracket final match, where the winner will secure the coveted M4 World Championship slot.
And while many could see ECHO land a potential scare, Blacklist proved that there's no breaking the code as they secured a 3-0 statement over the Orcas.
With their win, Blacklist not only proceeds to the grand finals but also secures their coveted M4 World Championship spot, giving them a chance to defend their trophy.
Blacklist proves to be too much for ECHO PH
While many teams have tried to “break the code” when facing Blacklist International, it seems most of them would fall for the usual codebreaking narrative.
ECHO could’ve won Game 1 as Frederic Benedict “Bennyqt” Gonzales’ Irithiel was a pest as his movements and long-range damage was able to weaken Edward “Edward” Jay Dapadap’s flanks.
Then combined that with Karl “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno’s surprise burst entrances and the survivability that Tristan “Yawi” Cabrera and Alston “Sanji” Pabico brings and the Codebreakers struggled at the early stages of the game.
But Blacklist was able to adapt from ECHO’s gameplan. All they did was force Yawi to pop his cult altar, which made the Orcas vulnerable.
The shift in tactics changed the scope of the match as Blacklist was able to command the latter stages of the game and secure their Game 1 win.
While Game 1 was a seesaw battle between the two teams, Game 2 was a systematic dissection from the Codebreakers.
Amid the low scoring efforts from both teams, Blacklist had the edge as they controlled the entire map. With their Pharsa and Diggie combo, it wasn’t easy for ECHO to defend their objectives. ECHO relied on Sanford “SanFord” Vinuya to serve as the frontliner but to no avail as the poke magic damage from Blacklist bursted Sanford’s Uranus.
There was nothing the Orcas could do as they suffered from the switch-and-go plays from Edward “Edward” Jay Dapadap and Kiel “Oheb” Soriano completely sealed Blacklist’s 2-0 advantage.
And the same outcome occurred in Game 3 as Blacklist simply had a flawless game against ECHO PH. Though the latter managed to try and bounce back, Blacklist was able to calm the storm and push their way to their 3-0 sweep.