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RSG Philippines' core intact, adds two for S12 campaign


Photo from RSG Philippines

by Drew Malihan

MANILA - RSG Philippines will field a seven-man roster in their quest back to glory in MPL Philippines Season 12.

The Raiders, as they were called, brought back Nathanael "Nathzz" Estrologo, John Darry "Irrad" Abarquez, Eman "EMANN" Sangco, and Dylan Aaron "Light" Catipon from their Season 11 lineup.

Midlaner Arvie "Aqua" Antonio returns to the active roster after sitting out last season, while they promoted Patrick "RTzy" Lim from RSG Ignite, and rookie Kennt Anthony "Souuul" Baesa wrapping up the squad as Emann's reliever

John Paul "H2wo" Salonga will be sitting out for the season, Jann Kirk "Kirk" Gutierrez departs with the team, and Dexter "Exort" Martinez leaves for RED Esports in Malaysia.

RSG Philippines, who were in partnership with Singapore-based Slate Esports at the time, had a good run in the first half of the year, enjoying a third-place finish last MPL Philippines season and claiming one of the four spots in the Snapdragon Pro Series Season 3 SEA - Challenge Season after taking down Cambodia's CFU Gaming.

The Raiders started the second half with a 5th-6th place finish in the Snapdragon Pro Series Season 3 SEA - Challenge Season after a top-seed finish in the group stage and two straight defeats to ONIC Esports and Bigetron Alpha last July.

Brian "Panda" Im Chang-rok and John Theo "Theo" Eusebio will be at the coaches' helms for the Raiders.

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