MPL Week 3 – Wacky Picks and Major Upsets.

New Meta?

This week marks the 3rd week of the MPL and the matches were nothing less than EXCITING! We got to see a few peculiar first time picks in the MPL with some new possible meta picks that we should look out for in the coming weeks.

But first, here are the weekend’s results and standings:

A Line-up Based On Fredo?

Once the world’s best Alucard player, Fredo’s performance with the hero is still phenomenal. However TSYN was willing to take it one step further by building a line up around him during their game against Falcon7. TSYN’s skill and coordination was enough to keep Fredo safe while farming despite Falcon7’s strong early game performance.

This is the first time we’ve seen TSYN apply a 4 protect 1 strategy in the MPL. This strategy has proven effective against the aggressive early game ganks Falcon7 managed to pull off.

Fredo and Logan turns a losing 3 player gank into a triple kill for Fredo.

Louvre SG and Equalizer Both Find Success

Both teams were on a cold streak and found no success in their recent match ups. However both teams seemed equally matched winning 1 game each during this week’s match up. Both games were a spectacle to watch – with both teams trying to outdo the other at every turn! But after the dust settled, both teams shared the spoils, earning their first wins of the season.

Equalizer getting a triple kill during a Lord push, winning them game 1.

Louvre SG forces equalizer to contest lord while Skywee pushes top as Zilong.

IDNS SG Caught by Surprise

The magnitude of IDNS SG’s skill is without question. Being composed of globally recognized top players it was a huge surprise when MyA3 steamrolled them during their first match. However the team was able to keep their composure and outplayed MyA3 during the second game. MyA3.Nina’s performance with Karina was commendable. Constantly pressuring and ganking lanes played a big part in MyA3’s victory. Will MyA3 show more of this strong performance in the future or was this just a minor slip on IDNS SG’s part? One thing is sure, MyA3 proved that they are capable of taking on the best.

MyA3 holding their own against a 3 player gank on top.

Team Eksdi Zoned Out?

Team Eksdi has been doing fine in the regular season being ranked in the middle of the group. It was slightly surprising to see Mystic Burden dominate Eksdi in both games. Based on league standings, MCB came in as the underdogs in this match-up however they found success in their Chou, Karina and Karrie picking off key heroes such as Moskov and Lancelot. Despite Papa, the top Lancelot player globally, playing his signature hero, he was not able to outplay MCB’s excellent team communication and chemistry.

Mystic Burden zones out Team Eksdi despite the Diggie ultimate.

Tyrants streak ended by Mysterious Assassins

After winning 6 games in a row Tyrants have established themselves as one of the top teams in the MPL. They were even regarded as meta setters by fans and the MPL casters with their unorthodox picks and item builds. However going up against MyA their unorthodox picks were ineffective against MyA’s own unorthodox hero selections. We saw a 2 tank line up with a Lolita and Diggie; we even saw Zhask, a hero Tyrants has been very successful with, used against them. In game 1, Soloz executed his Karina perfectly by shutting down most of Tyrants. And in game 2, Facebook’s Chou was spot on in his initiation and crowd control. Tyrants looked somewhat helpless against MyA, and we’ll have to see if they can pick themselves up for next week.

Soloz tower-dives and gets a triple kill on Tyrants.

 

Get Ready For More!

Given the exciting matches we’ve seen in the past weeks 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).

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