ONE OF these teams may be flying a brand-new purple flag — but the rivalry remains the same.
In the purple corner: Echo Esports, formerly known as Aura PH, and then, before that, as Sunsparks. In the yellow-and-black corner: Onic PH, formerly Dream High Gaming. Their bitter rivalry stretches all the way back to Season 4.
And to make the storyline even juicier: In the tumultuous offseason after Blacklist claimed the MPL trophy and Execration won the MSC last June, prodigal son Allen “Baloyskie” Baloy departed Aura PH and made his way back to Onic PH. Meanwhile, Jason “Jaymeister” Torculas bid adieu to Onic and entered the ranks of Echo.
It was no trade, the two insist — just a collision of coincidences. And there’s absolutely nothing personal between the future El Clasico foes in the upcoming Season 8 of the MPL-PH.
Asked if there was any rivalry between them, Jaymeister replied, laughing, “Kung sino'ng mas malakas kumain ata.”
“Tropa naman si Jay kasi,” explained Baloyskie.
Still, Baloy added, “Pero syempre, pagdating sa game, syempre, lahat siguro ng team gusto mong talunin. For sure, si Jay, gusto niyang talunin yung Onic. Extra motivation yun. Ako naman, gusto kong talunin yung Echo. Extra motivation din sa akin yon, for sure.”
It’s as close to fighting words as the two friends will get.
In another segment of the show, Torculas also clarified the role he’ll be playing inside Echo Esports.
“Kami ni Chan [Christian Provido "Rafflesia" Fajura], parehas kaming role, tank talaga,” said the SEA Games gold medalist. “Before naman, bago mag-tank ako sa Onic, nagsu-support talaga ako e. Pinag-usapan na lang namin dito, ano kami, depende na sa hero na gagamitin, depende na sa practice kung sinong magsu-support at magta-tank sa aming dalawa.”
He continued, “Pero binabatak naman namin lahat. Di ko masabi na Support lang ako, di ko rin masabi na Tank lang ako. Flex role kaming dalawa.”
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