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Onic survives Kelra-less Omega, stays unscathed in MPL S8 opener week

By Jostle Doen Pilayre

PHOTO: Dugout Philippines

Onic Philippines foiled disaster right in their opener campaign continuation, capping a 2-1 squeaker over Duane "Kelra" Pilla-less to stay taintless in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Philippine Professional League Season 8's second day, August 28.

Bouncing back from a second-game loss, Onic kept their cool in the decider, exploiting their foes' late blunders with aggressions of their own en route to a clean 2-0 tourney slate on Omega's expense, who played without their 2020 Rookie of the Year after facing suspension for controversial slurs.

“Nung Game Two may tinry lang po kami, tapos nung Game Three talagang ‘di na namin pinag bigyan, tinodo na namin,” said Markyyy after the win.

The victory also solidified Onic's grasp on the current weeks’ ranking upon holding four points in their stainless run, two marks above current runner-up Blacklist International and Echo.

Previously, the Paul “yebmaster” Miranda-coached squad sizzled in their debut after sweeping the two-time MPL kings Echo.

Onic found themselves in a loop during the early to mid-game of the third match with both teams trading leads back and forth, but they warded the daze as they pounced on a bush overstay from Omega’s Joshua “Ch4knu” Mangilog.

From thereon, the yellow and black-clad crew easily marched towards mid lane and crushed two of the surviving members of OMG to cap the ensuing win of the streak, as Marky “Markyyyy” Capacio’s Natan was hailed as game three MVP with a 4/0/4 kill-death-assist ratio and a 62% kill participation.



Earlier, ONIC expended all-game wits in Game One by consistently engaging in 4-against-4 clashes, letting Markyyyy’s Sun do the magic by pushing the gold lane towers and stall Robert “Hito” Candoy’s Esmeralda from joining the fray.

This proved to be the blue-and-green troupe’s thorn in skirmishes as ONIC waltzed with momentum towards game two, with Kairi “Kairi.” Rayosdelsol being crowned as the game one MVP via 5/1/1 KDA rating and 60% kill presence
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However, OMG told a different tale at the second by utilizing a more aggressive showing through Kiel “Kielvj” Cruzem’s Ling, as Ch4knu’s Angela provided steady groundwork for MVP honors at a 11/3/9 KDA ratio, an 83% kill presence.

Omega, despite Kielvj’s Ling going full rampage, was still cruising in hot water as ONIC consistently kept in step with both turtle leads and choke-seeking gameplans.

The Jomie “Pakbet'' Abalos-mentored troop managed to form their late game momentum by jumping on their foes’ overstays for a Lord buff steal behind Kielvj to parade towards an unstoppable mid lane charge.

But their momentum withered at the wrong time, handing Onic the win at the expense of endgame malpositions.

ONIC PH aims to make it three in a row against Nexplay EVOS on Friday at 6:00 PM while Omega will try to rebound against ECHO tomorrow at 8:00 PM.