Expect the Unexpected
Week 2 was filled with both fulfilled expectations and surprise performances by both the Malaysian and Singaporean teams. This week’s battles were more serious. Teams who were previously falling behind showed great promise when facing the top MPL teams.
Here are the week’s standings:
Mystic Burden (MCB) Potential Top Team?
During their first game against Team Saiyan (TSYN) Mystic Burden surprised everyone when they took the lead in kills in the early game. Though they gave them a run for their money, MCB lost to Saiyan’s objective strategy.
In both games, Mystic Burden were leading significantly on kills, but the nature of their team composition meant that they had to constantly group up as 5. Team Saiyan exploited this and Rush was often seen split pushing at the expense of the deaths of his teammates. But because Mystic Burden lacked the damage to take objectives, they could not translate hero kills to building damage. And Team Saiyan gradually wore their defenses down.
TSYN.Fredo pushing the McB base during the team fight near Lord
Mysterious Assassin (MyA) Refuses to Play 2nd Fiddle
MyA has proven us wrong in their match against Louvre who we ranked 3rd in our Power Rankings Article in comparison to MyA who is ranked 4th. They constantly applied pressure from start to finish by aggressively starting and winning team fights then taking objectives. Louvre struggled to break through MyA’s assault, costing them the game.
The Tyrants of the MPL
After winning against top tier team Louvre last week Tyrants were more than capable of handling Team Eksdi. They dominated the first game through swift coordinated ganks across all 3 lanes securing both objectives and a massive lead. Akai, one of the most contested heroes of the MPL has a dismal win rate of 37.5%, with 3 wins and 5 losses. Tyrants are one of the only team so far that has been successful with Akai, claiming 2 of the 3 wins (IDNS SG being the other team). We also saw strong performances from Tyrants.Aeon on his Harley and Aubi on his Odette.
Equalizer’s Missed Turtle Steal
In the week’s studio match between MyA3 and Equalizer, the Sabahan team tried their best to maintain their presence in the game, even taking MyA3’s objectives and contesting Turtle. However, their inexperience showed and were often lacking that final lethal touch to kill off heroes or claim objectives. Despite losing another match, their performance has been improving, and we hope they continue to learn from other teams.
No Mistakes, No Mercy
Taking no risks even with an insurmountable lead IDNS SG refused to take risks when playing against Falcon7. They gave a truly intimidating performance. Taking Falcon7’s jungle at the start of the game and asserting map control with constant rotation and ganks IDNS SG was almost impossible to contest. They won the first game with their towers untouched. The skill showed by IDNS SG showed the world why they are one of the best in the MPL.
Fredo Finally Gets His Hands On Alucard
Previous Global Rank 1 Alucard player Fredo finally had a chance to show us great mechanical skills as well as decision making. Their match against Louvre was one of the most exciting series thus far. Though Louvre SG fell quite easily in the first game, they picked themselves up and put up a much stronger showing in the second game. At 29 minutes, the second game is now the longest game of the MPL regular season. It was a series of back-and-forth fights, with the kill and gold lead see-sawing between both sides.
Nevertheless, Team Saiyan’s better split push meant that they slowly whittled Louvre SG’s turrets down until they won a teamfight and secured the game.
Get Ready For More!
Given the exciting matches we’ve seen in the 1st and 2nd week there are surely more to come during the upcoming weeks of the regular season. You can watch the English cast of the matches live on the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and eGG Network Facebook pages. For the Malay cast, on the MLBB Facebook page, remember to switch your region to Malaysia. Stay tuned for more content and heart-pounding action.
The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) is an esports league organized by Moonton (Mobile Legends’ developer) and eGG Network (a gaming and esports TV channel) for players based in Malaysia and Singapore. The league features a USD 100,000 prize pool and its purpose is to provide a platform for players to play competitively; to develop their skills and open up possibilities for a career in esports. From qualifiers to playoffs, the league will run for 5 months (November 2017 – April 2018). The regular season runs from (12 January 2018 – 11 March 2018).