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'Raizen' admits crucial Game 1 error vs Minana in MPL PH opener 'rushed move'

Dean Sumagui admitted his fault in a crucial error for TNC in Game 1 against Minana. MPL Philippines
By Ivan Saldajeno

MAKATI—Dean "Raizen" Sumagui conceded that he committed a mistake when he and the rest of the TNC quintet made its potential game-ending push at the bottom lane in Game 1 of its MPL Philippines Season 13 opener against Minana EVOS on Friday night at the Shooting Gallery Studios.

With a chance to finish Minana off in the 11th minute to draw first blood in their best-of-three series, TNC joined its then newly acquired Lord in the bottom lane push.

Sumagui, using Baxia, blinked into the Minana base in hopes of killing their heroes, but Minana anticipated it quickly and took him down, highlighting a 3-1 clash win that sparked the team's comeback.

Minana eventually swept TNC to score the first win of the season.

"Siguro napaaga yung pasok ko doon sa base. Di pa pumpasok yung Lord, pumasok na agad ako," Sumagui said after the tie.

Sumagui, though, also pointed out what new TNC head coach Ben Maglaque coined as a "forgotten step" that his team could have done to beat Minana.

"Yung sa second Lord, dapat sinamahan namin. Di namin sinamahan eh," Sumagui further said.

With the inhibitor turret already razed at the bottom lane, TNC could have gone all-in in the push at the said lane.

However, Sumagui and two of his teammates decided to make a segway to the middle lane, which only resulted in the second-tier turret being taken down and not the inhibitor turret and Minana getting two more kills without a sacrifice.

Minana won what would be the final team fight of Game 1 and went all-in in the middle lane despite TNC getting the third Lord and took the game before Minana dominated Game 2 to take the sweep.

Despite the defeat, Jaylord "Hatred" Gonzales said that he is satisfied with TNC's performance.

"Masaya ako sa debut namin. Napakita namin na gusto naming manalo," Gonzales said, adding that they did what their game plan was based on their recent scrimmages.

Despite dropping the season opener, Gonzales implicitly expressed TNC's will to win as the club looks to return to the playoffs after getting bounced out for three straight seasons.

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