With the possibility of facing RRQ Hoshi in the upper bracket finals, RSG PH went all out against Malaysian team Orange Esports, sweeping them 3 – 0.
RSG’s strategic teamfights, as well as a Game 2 comeback triumph, defined the series.
Orange has slipped down to the lower bracket, where they will face Omega Esports, while RSG advances to the next round to face RRQ Hoshi.
Spitting image of prime Blacklist International
RSG PH’s Game 1 victory was a textbook example of them dissecting their opponents by forcing them to use their abilities in unfavorable situations, which led to a counterattack.
Sounds familiar, right? This is because their strategy hinted at prime Blacklist International.
The Raiders controlled the game from the start, with Dylan “Light” Catipon’s hook shots creating space for Arvie “Aqua” Antonio and Eman “EMANN” Sangco to finish the job.
Orange Esports, on the other hand, had a strategy, as their Xavier and Atlas duo could’ve been the final answer against the Pinoys, but RSG read their setup well.
The combo was hampered by Aimin “Minn” Anuar’s hook shots, as Atlas was unable to activate his skills. Even though Orange fought until the 15th minute, RSG’s meticulous playstyle ultimately overcame them.
Light clutches Game 2
Orange Esports chose Fanny in Game 2, allowing them to control the early game. The Malaysian team was able to push the Filipino champions to their limits because of his mobility and the damage from Luk “Valenz” Yip’s Moskov. As EMANN’s Beatrix struggled to engage, the two of them gave him a hard time.
RSG lost all of its turrets, giving Orange the advantage and allowing them to win the game. Light’s heroics in the last moments of the game, however, turned the tide.
His Ruby created the play that offered the Filipino team a ray of hope at the 12th minute. And it continued all the way to the end, particularly from the 24th minute onwards, when his sets completely overpowered the opponents, resulting in RSG’s 2-0 victory.
Game 3 brings the fall of Orange
Orange tried their hardest to keep their cool after a heartbreaking Game 2 setback and salvage their upper bracket ambitions.
However, they were ultimately defeated as RSG’s Chou and Karrie picks proved to be the game’s deciding factor.
RSG had so much room to engage with Light’s Chou setting up plays. With the Karrie pick, Orange was unable to respond as EMANN’s Karrie dissolved their tanky lineup, completely overwhelming the Malaysian team.