Echo defeated Onic Philippines 2-1 at the Shooting Gallery Studios in Makati City during Week 1 of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) Philippines Season 12. This victory propels the defending M4 World Champions to the standings’ summit with five points and a perfect 2-0 record.
After a difficult first match against Onic, Echo’s coach, Robert “Trebor” Sanchez, discussed the team’s adjustments to its strategy. He stated, “We could not anticipate Onic’s strategies in the first game. It seemed they were perpetually adjusting, making it a battle that required us to respond.” Nonetheless, they adapted swiftly for the second encounter.
For Game 2, Dean “Raizen” Sumagui, playing as Lancelot, pulled off a crucial double kill for Onic, giving them a 4-1 advantage during the 14th-minute lord dance. Then, Onic executed a brilliant macro play by preventing Sanford “Sanford” Vinuya, who controlled Terizla, from recalling. This maneuver enabled Raizen to effectively assault the top lane’s base fortification, giving Onic a 1-0 advantage.
Despite a 0-3-1 KDA (kills, deaths, assists) record, Benedict “Bennyqt” Gonzales exhibited championship-level composure on Bruno. In the final 16 minutes of Game 2, he administered significant damage to Echo, allowing them to tie the score. Ultimately, he concluded with a KDA of 5-4-7, necessitating a tiebreaker.
In the decisive match, Echo’s defending champions countered Raizen’s Fanny effectively, securing a lord capture in the 12th minute and initiating a game-winning base turret siege a minute later, securing their series victory.
This was Onic’s second 2-1 defeat of the tournament, but with two points, they secured the sixth position in the standings.
The victory demonstrates Echo’s determination to maintain their MPL Philippines Season 12 championship status. As the season progresses, the competition guarantees more thrilling matches and engaging gameplay.
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