Blacklist International co-owner Tryke Guttierez is planning on replicating ECHO’s blueprint for the upcoming MPL Philippines Season 12.
The Tier One-backed squad lost in successive grand finals to ECHO, suffering a lopsided defeat in the M4 World Championship finale before getting swept yet again in the MPL Philippines Season 11 grand finals.
With that, Tryke is looking to take a page out of ECHO’s book and promote their MDL players to the MPL so that their main five could have a regular scrimmage partner.
“We know that we did not win against ECHO twice and I think we need to make adjustments. I think one of the good things that ECHO did was that they had a 10-man team, they had a sparring partner,” said Tryke. “Here in MPL we all know how high the level of competition is. You really need to always innovate, always evolve.”
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“What we did is we took our MDL players into the MPL (roster), we made it a 10-man lineup, like I said. And now, we started sparring, we’re starting to see different angles and other exciting surprises that you probably haven’t seen in Blacklist,” he continued.
Players such as Russel “Eyon” Usi and Dominic “Dominic” Soto are expected to be elevated by the team’s management to the MPL squad.
“There are limitations to scrim sessions with other teams but at least this time around we can be more experimental, we can discover more ways to execute (our plays).”