Wild Rift Champions SEA: RRQ start strong with 3-0 sweep over Persis Esports

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RRQ Sweep Persis Esports 3-0 in a statement win on Day 1 of the WCS Finals Playoffs. Photo: Riot Games
RRQ Sweep Persis Esports 3-0 in a statement win on Day 1 of the WCS Finals Playoffs. Photo: Riot Games

Filipino League of Legends: Wild Rift powerhouse Rex Regum Qeon (RRQ) had a strong start to their campaign at the 2022 Wild Rift Champions Southeast Asia (WCS) Finals, sweeping Indonesia's Persis Esports 3-0 in the upper bracket quarterfinals on Tuesday (26 April).

As the champions of WCS Philippines, RRQ earned a direct seed to the WCS Finals playoffs. Meanwhile, Persis qualified as the only Indonesian team for the WCS Finals as their own country's champions.

Game one of the series between RRQ and Persis started with the Indonesians immediately taking first blood in the jungle near the bot lane. Despite that, RRQ easily gained control over the map by consistently taking both kills and map objectives.

With a 10,000 gold lead, RRQ took the Baron and pushed into Persis' base and destroyed their Nexus at the 16-minute mark, taking the first game with a 17-4 kill lead.

Marc “Marky” Andrew Ilagan was named player of the game with a 76% kill participation rate. His Ziggs in the bot lane was the difference-maker for RRQ in the early game, with his damage being the key in peeling away enemy champions.

In a bloody second game, Persis struck back hard and managed to stay on equal footing with RRQ until the 10-minute mark.

The Filipinos still had better map control, and eventually aced Persis in a fight at the Dragon pit. And just like that, the Filipinos took the Baron and finished game two in 18 minutes with a 21-7 kill lead.

Keith "DevilJ" Janold Gonzales notably took the player of the game nod with a 57% kill participation rate on his Garen as RRQ took a commanding 2-0 series lead.

The Filipinos continued to look dominant in game three, as they took complete control of the map early on and suffocated Persis in all lanes.

Despite the Indonesian squad's best efforts to mount a comeback, RRQ executed a clean Ace and completed the series sweep in just 14 minutes and with a 15-2 kill lead.

DevilJ once again shone in the third game, notching a 73% kill participation rate on his Renekton to take his second player of the game award of the series.

With their victory, RRQ advance to the upper bracket semifinals to face Taiwan's Flash Wolves, who defeated Vietnam's CERBERUS Esport in a 3-2 reverse sweep in their upper bracket quarterfinals match.

The winner of the match between RRQ and Flash Wolves will become one of the four Southeast Asian representatives for 2022 Wild Rift Icons, which is the highest level of international competition for Wild Rift Esports.

Meanwhile, Persis Esports and CERBERUS Esports drop to the lower bracket, where they will be fighting to stay in the tournament.

Anna is a freelance writer and photographer. She is a gamer who loves RPGs and platformers, and is a League of Legends geek. She's also a food enthusiast who loves a good cup of black coffee.

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