RSG PH dethrones Smart Omega, faces Indonesia‘s RRQ Hoshi next in MSC 2022 Grand Finals. (Photo: Philippine Star)
By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA — Fresh from a comeback from the lower bracket, Omega Esports lost steam to the relentless onslaught of RSG Philippines in last night’s face-off before falling with a heartbreaking 2-3 loss to the defending champions.
The victory gave RSG PH booking to the last grand finals ticket at the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asian Cup (MSC) 2022.
RSG will fight today for the 2022 title against Indonesia’s RRQ Hoshi after trouncing and eliminating the Omega squad whose core players took the MSC 2021 crown under the Execration banner.
RSG opened the series with guns blazing in Game 1, conceding their first death only at the 17th minute when they had already taken down all inhibitor turrets of the compatriot opponents. Despite this though, Omega fought back, quickly reminding everyone why they have been tagged as the MPL comeback kings with a classic rally deep in the late game, fending off RSG’s base turret sieges and slowly taking down turrets on their own.
Renz ‘Renzio’ Cadua once again delivered a monster performance on his signature Masha as he burst down Eman ‘EMANN’ Sangco (Claude) from the backline in the 28th minute and kickstarted a 4-0 to complete the comeback, 1-0.
In the second game, both Pinoy teams exchanged objectives and pickoffs from the early stages of the battle but Omega eventually shattered the balance when they managed a 4-2 trade-off in a top lane skirmish in the 13th minute of the series.
But this time, it was RSG’s turn for a reversal as the MPL PH Season 9 champions scored their own 4-2 exchange in a 16th-minute lord fight that ended in their favor. It was Dylan ‘Light’ Catipon’s (Franco) time to shine brightest as his prowess came on full display, catching Omega’s heroes with Iron Hooks in decisive pickoffs in the late game to equalize the game at 1-1.
In Game 3, it was a repeat nip-and-tuck affair with RSG clutching their way via a crucial 3-2 exchange during a 19th-minute lord fight to go up via a 2-1 win.
This trend continued in Game 4 as Omega and ESG engaged in a see-saw battle that nearly took more minutes of play before Omega took a decisive 11th-minute lord to establish a 5k gold lead. RSG’s comeback efforts late in the game proved fruitless as Omega played a calculated macro with Christian ‘Raizen’ Sumagui (Fanny) leading the way via a perfect 3-0-2 KDA in a 22-minute slaughter.
In the deciding Game 5 of the series, RSG took a quick 3-0 second-minute kill lead and maintained control all throughout by not letting Omega get into their damage spikes, courtesy of Light’s (Chou) set-up plays. In the end, RSG took the series with a 5-1 wipeout in the 17th minute led by Arvie ‘Aqua’ Antonio’s (Yve) 7-0-7 KDA. (ai/mtvn)