Unbeaten Lyceum of the Philippines University carries the biggest target on its back as eight teams begin the race to the championship in the highly-anticipated Season 1 playoffs of the Collegiate Center for Esports (CCE) Mobile Legends tourney.

As the No. 1 seed in the upper bracket after a 9-0 wipeout of the elimination round, the Pirates want no let-up in a smooth sail to the next round with no less than the CCE title as the ultimate goal in mind for a fitting follow-up to their Varsity Cup conquest last year.

And that path to glory starts with Arellano at 11 a.m. on Monday to usher in the post-season of CCE’s inaugural season backed by Commission on Higher Education (CHED) with Galaxy Racer as official Esports partner, Converge as connectivity partner, Mountain Dew as gaming fuel and Cyberzone as venue partner.

College of St. Benilde follows suit at 1 p.m. with an exciting duel against Varsity Cup runner-up Mapua while second-seeded San Sebastian College-Recoletos takes on Emilio Aguinaldo College at 3 p.m .and San Beda goes up against archrival Letran at 5 p.m.

All duels are in best-of-three format with the four winners advancing the next phase of the upper bracket. The losers still sport a chance to advance though in the tougher lower bracket from there on.

But as exciting the other match-ups are, all eyes will be on the Pirates led by Kenneth “Mark” Delos Reyes, Paul Adrienne “Fae” Huang and Remarch “Lust” Eusebio, who took turns in turns in capturing MVP honors in their dominant elims run highlighted by the fastest match (8 mins) win against University of Perpetual Help System Dalta.

Also included in their romp was a 16-minute win against the Chiefs, making the odds heavier in their favor to re-assert mastery especially in the crucial playoffs.

With Alfonso Clemence “GARCI” Sales (Dyrroth), Marc Joseph “Marc” Balcit (Claude) and Ralph Joshua “Alas” Araz (Khufra) providing coverage, Lyceum is keen on replicating its 17-6 victory over Arellano in their first meeting.

The Chiefs, however, are not to hand it to the Pirates on a silver platter without a fight – assuring to wage an all-out challenge to land a massive upset entering the next round.

Headlining that Arellano’s resistance bid are siblings Zhyruzz Karl “Ryuuji” Asistin, Zhyrence Karl “Rence” Asistin, Allen Eyrish “AL LEN” Garcia, Carl Danrev “Lrac” Lucero, Timotheo Ryan “ggwp” Sagado, Nathaniel “Bebang” Halagpas” and Patrick Erick “Haintani Ran” Isip.

The playoffs will run until Tuesday before the explosive championship round on Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena Music Hall in Pasay City for the first crown of CCE headed by Waiyip Chong as commissioner and Stanley Lao as president.

Source: Manila Bulletin (https://mb.com.ph/2022/07/24/all-eyes-on-lyceum-as-cce-ml-playoffs-gets-underway/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=all-eyes-on-lyceum-as-cce-ml-playoffs-gets-underway)