Local rivals Onic PH and Aura PH nailed their seats to the next stage of the 2020 Mytel International Championship on Monday, July 27.
Two-time Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Philippines (MPL PH) runner-up Onic PH committed crucial errors against Evos SG in their series opener before it bounced back in the next two games to advance.
A loss away from getting the boot, Onic PH members switched to their natural roles with team captain Johnmar "OhMyV33nus" Villaluna returning to support and Jason "Jay" Torculas playing as tank.
Through well-executed team fights initiated by crowd control abilities by OhMyV33nus (Luo Yi) and Jay (Atlas), Onic was able to force a deciding match.
Onic PH's aggressive composition in Game 3 paved the way for its core heroes to steal enemy resources as it established a massive 10,000 gold difference entering the six-minute mark.
Peter "Basic" Lozano (Hayabusa), Onic PH's latest addition, dished out a flawless performance and propelled the team to victory, finishing the game with a 17-0-8 kill-death-assist record.
Meanwhile, Aura PH, the reigning Mytel International champion, needed only two games to dispatch fellow MPL PH squad Bren Esports out of the tournament.
As Aura PH secured comfort picks for Allen "Greed" Baloy (Selena) and Chan "Rafflesia" Fajura (Khufra), the duo provided the necessary firepower to steer their team to a shot for back-to-back titles.
Onic PH and Aura PH will clash against Geek Fam ID and Impunity KH, respectively, in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, July 29. – Aeron Gabriel V. Pantig/Rappler.com