ONIC Esports Shatters Longstanding Dominance of PH Teams and Wins MSC 2023
In a display of sheer dominance, ONIC Esports emerged as the champions of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup (MSC) 2023, leaving Indonesia with the coveted trophy. Their remarkable journey culminated in a resounding victory over Blacklist International, as the Yellow Hedgehogs sealed a 4-2 triumph, putting an end to the Philippines' longstanding win streak in international tournaments since 2021.
This monumental achievement holds special significance for ONIC Esports, as it marks the first-ever championship title for their star jungler, Kairi "Kairi" Rayosdelsol. The MSC 2023 championship title is also the team’s second mid-season trophy.
ONIC Esports outwits Blacklist International to secure second MSC title
In a thrilling showdown at the MSC 2023 grand finals, ONIC Esports emerged victorious, claiming the championship title with a commanding 4-2 victory over Blacklist International. The series showcased intense battles, strategic maneuvers, and standout performances that captivated fans worldwide.
The first two rounds witnessed ONIC Esports starting strong, displaying their prowess, and taking control of the early matches. However, Blacklist International showcased their resilience, bouncing back in the third round with impressive plays. Despite their efforts, Blacklist International struggled to contain ONIC Esports' aggression, with Lee "Owl" Gonzales frequently isolated from his team and falling victim to ONIC's punishing attacks. A turning point came in Game 3 when Yue executed an impressive triple kill, shifting the momentum back in favor of Blacklist International.
In Game 4, Kairi showcased his dominance using the hero Fanny, leaving Blacklist International struggling to find an opening during team fights. ONIC Esports relentlessly assaulted their opponents, resulting in a decisive victory for them.
As Game 5 unfolded, Blacklist International fought fiercely, knowing it was a match point round. They drafted their signature picks and started strong, securing eight kills within the first five minutes. However, Kairi's exceptional performance helped ONIC Esports maintain balance and prevent their team from falling behind. Edward "EDWARD" Dapadap from Blacklist International played a pivotal role, pulling his team out of a critical moment and securing their second win of the series.
Game 6 witnessed Blacklist International taking the early game lead, but ONIC Esports executed strategic zoning, specifically targeting Owl, the Gold Laner for Codebreakers. This left him vulnerable to ambushes from Kairi. With a successful Lord takedown, ONIC Esports seized the opportunity and pressed on to close the series, securing a 4-2 victory and claiming the MSC 2023 trophy.
On top of the Prestigious title, ONIC Esports' Nicky "Kiboy" Fernando was awarded the Grand Finals MVP for his outstanding performance which lead to the team's second MCS title.
ONIC Esports' triumph in the grand finals showcased their exceptional teamwork, individual skills, and ability to adapt to different situations. Their relentless pursuit of victory paid off, cementing their status as a formidable force in the Mobile Legends esports scene.
The MSC 2023 grand finals will be remembered as a testament to the passion, dedication, and talent displayed by both ONIC Esports and Blacklist International. As the curtains close on this thrilling chapter, fans eagerly await the next epic showdown in the ever-evolving world of esports.