Blacklist Rivalry Reigns Supreme: Victory Forged in Fire Ends with Victory in Predator League Finals
The Mall of Asia Arena thrummed with electric anticipation as two Filipino titans, Execration and Blacklist International, clashed in the Predator League DOTA 2 Finals. This wasn’t just a match; it was an epic culmination of the fiercest rivalry in Philippine esports, a battle for regional dominance seasoned with years of trash talk and unforgettable clashes.
Blacklist Rivalry comes in the tournament as the heavy favorite. They have 3 TI veterans in their line up. Abed is leading the way, Tims ans and Gabbi being the other 2.
Game One promised a clash of titans. Execration started aggressive, slicing through Blacklist’s backlines. But Blacklist weathered the storm with calculated rotations and precise counter-initiations. Blacklist slowly built their power, culminating in a devastating Phantom Strike, turning tide and claiming the first map in a nail-biting 42-37 finish.
The tension in the arena was palpable as Game Two began. Execration, desperate to avoid a clean sweep, pulled out all the stops. disrupting Blacklist’s cohesion. But Blacklist, displaying the hallmarks of champions, remained calm and collected. Wisely focusing on shutting down on the Nature’s Prophet, they relied on the late-game strength of Naga Siren, patiently waiting for the right moment to strike. That moment arrived with a decisive battle, trapping Execration in the abyss and paving the way for a decisive 24-14 victory.
As the Predator League trophy was hoisted above the jubilant Blacklist Rivalry squad, the arena erupted in a cacophony of cheers. For Blacklist, this wasn’t just a win; it was a statement. They had not only conquered their Predator League but this sets them up for a great start for the 2024 season.
Their victory, however, wasn’t solely built on individual brilliance. It was a testament to their incredible teamwork, their ability to trust and rely on each other even in the heat of battle.
This win also meant something bigger for the Philippines. It showcased the country’s immense DOTA 2 talent to the world, proving that Filipino players can compete at the highest level. It was a victory for every aspiring Dota player in the country, a beacon of hope.