THE 4-0 drubbing that RSG PH displayed against RRQ Hoshi was a statement that the Philippines reigns supreme in the MLBB esports scene.
The outcome was unexpected as many thought that RRQ had the momentum after dominating RSG PH and sending them to the lower bracket.
A key factor in RSG's revenge? They learned from their previous mishap and decided to ban Franco, Calvin “VYN’s” signature hero.
Coach Kristoffer “BON CHAN” Ricaplaza has pointed out in his vlog that giving RRQ the Franco is a recipe for disaster.
So their decision to zone out Franco was a crucial factor, said Nathanael “Nathzz” Estrologo in a press conference.
“Kung may weaknesses sila, sa tingin ko si VYN, kase Franco lang nagagamit niya talaga tapos sa ibang hero, sakto rin yung galing niya sa ML,” said the RSG EXP laner.
Coach Karl “Gie” Barrientos added, “So their draft in the upper bracket, we tested our limits in the first and second game. It was only then that I realized that their strongest hero is Franco, so from there we gained confidence. We punched them really well in the finals.”
Nerfing the other members from RRQ
Besides Franco, RSG likewise considered the other notable threats from RRQ: Albert “Alberttt” Neilsen Iskandar’s Ling and Schevenko "Skylar" David Tendean’s Claude. The latter managed to surprise the Raiders as Skylar’s entrances negated their engagements.
With their key heroes banned, RSG had the upper hand. With the outcome of the finals, Alberttt was heavily criticized by the community, most notably for his mistimed Winter Truncheon play.
Bren’s Coach Francis “Duckeyyy” Glindro even joked about his blunder saying, "Winter Truncheon sa damo. Iba trip mo idol Albert."
Yet despite some missteps in his performance, rival jungler Jonard Cedrix “Demonkite” Caranto praised him.
“I think he really adapted to the meta so fast because when I watched him before, I usually see him play Lancelot, Ling, Helcurt, and Benedetta so he really likes to play assassins,” said the RSG jungler.
He added: “But he improved in terms of mechanics because he was aggressive in our match at the grand finals.”
When it comes to Skylar, Eman “EMANN” Sangco revealed why they prioritized banning his Claude.
“Kapag si Skylar kase kapag gumagamit ng Claude, sobrang hirap sa amin pumwesto kase papasukin kami ni Claude. Tapos nasisira yung box namin tapos comfort pick niya ito.
“Tsaka yung Claude counter sa Bea kase sa early kaya ng Claude si Bea.”
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