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Hey eGGlets, do you always lose in your Mobile Legends match? Are you keen on playing like a pro? Well worry not, we are starting a series of articles where MPL-MY/SG Season 3 pro players share their insights on how to play certain heroes very well. Let's get ready to level up!

Syno

Mohamad Amir Afdhal "Syno" Ruzlan is only 22 years old, but is one the most famous top global Chou players in the MLBB community. He strikes fear into the hearts of opponents whenever he manages to get his hands on Chou - whether in competitive or in ranked games. He is now in Malaysian-based team ICON and is currently competing in MPL-MY/SG Season 3. Let's take a deep dive into how he plays Chou.

Chou

Chou's role in MLBB is a fighter who has great Charge and Burst capabilities. This hero is not the easiest hero for new players to master but once you get the hang of it, you can easily slay your enemies with his combo. Chou has low cooldown skills so your fingers also need to be fast and you will need to time his skills perfectly.

Real life Chou.

In-game Chou.

Chou's Skills

Jeet Kuno Do

1. Jeet Kune Do

Chou moves and punches 3 times, with the final hit a slam into the ground that knocks the enemy heroes into the air. This skill gives Chou mobility, great crowd control (CC), as well as refreshing his second ability (Shunpo). It is an essential part of his kit which makes him such a versatile hero.

 

Shunpo

2. Shunpo

This skill is a short dash for Chou so that he can move in and out of teamfights easily. Besides that, Shunpo gives Chou immunity from being CC for a short second and extra armour. Both perks are extremely important for ganking especially in the early game.

The Way of Dragon

3. The Way of Dragon

This is one of the best CC ultimates in MLBB and is one of the reasons many pro players favour Chou. This ultimate can catch enemy mages/marksmen in the back lines quite easily because his other skills give him the mobility he needs to get there. A common combo is Jeet Kune Do twice (fit in Shunpo before your third punch) > Flicker in > land the Jeet Kune Do 3rd punch to knock up the enemy > readjust your position > use The Way of Dragon to kick your target towards your team!

 

Passive: Only Fast

4. Only Fast

Chou passive is quite powerful when you complement it with damage items. For every 8 yards he moves, his next basic attack will deal 200% of his normal damage and slows down your target. This means that the hero is meant to be played by constantly moving around, and his other abilities certainly help that.

Syno's Chou item builds - 2 variations

Assassin Build

According to Syno, Chou can be played in a variety of ways. He personally prefers to play Chou as an assassin, but why? Firstly, Chou has a good set of skills and has naturally high damage. Thus, when he is equipped with damage dealing items, like Blade of Despair and Endless Battle, he easily becomes a damage dealing assassin with amazing crowd control (CC).

Another must-have item is Rapid Boots. This pair of boots is the item that gives the highest movement speed for your hero and is suitable for an assassin-style Chou who wants to have high mobility. During the late game, Syno recommends these three items: Athena Shield, Berserker's Fury and Wings of the Apocalypse Queen.

Athena Shield boosts Chou's defence stats and gives him some protection so you can get into a teamfight quickly, get a pick-off, survive, then get out. Berserker's Fury is one of the best critical damage item in the game, and it synergises well with Chou's passive. To get the best out of this item, make sure you are constantly moving around as you punch (or kick) the enemy! Getting Wings of the Apocalypse Queen is primarily for the 10% cooldown (CD) reduction as well as the HP increase. To be effective, Chou needs to constantly be using his skills to create havoc in teamfights. CD reduction helps, and the unique passive - Demonize can catch opponents off guard with your sudden increase in lifesteal.

Tank Build

Other than dishing out damage, Chou can also be on the front lines tanking damage for your team. 3 of the items Syno suggested are the same for his Assassin build: Rapid Boots, Athena Shield, Wings of the Apocalypse Queen. He regards them as core items that are suitable for any kind of situation.

Next, Brute Force Breastplate is the core item to buff up Chou's defensive stats because unlike other tank heroes Chou is considered special with his own skills that can lock down or CC the enemy team easily. Courage Bulwark is another all-round useful item that gives your team important boosts when engaging in teamfights.

When entering the late game Syno suggests buying Immortality which gives you an extra life. The item has great defensive stats and the extra seconds bought from resurrecting is great for Chou to create more cc in late game scenarios.

Syno's Assassin Emblem

The tier 1 emblem talent he chooses is Agility to maximise Chou's movement speed. Next, he goes for the Invasion talent for extra physical penetration. Lastly, Syno said, "the most important talent for an assassin is the tier 3 Bounty Hunter talent."

Why Bounty Hunter? Well, Syno explained, "you can gain extra 100 gold from killing enemies (up to 1300 gold). Gold is important in Mobile Legends because if you get your key items faster, you are more powerful and you can end the game faster."

The most important talent for an assassin is the tier 3 Bounty Hunter talent.

Syno, ICON Malaysia

Syno's Tank Emblem

When playing as a tank, Syno's tier 1 emblem talent choice is maxing out Vitality to increase his HP. His tier 2 talent of choice is Inspire, which reduces Chou's cooldown up to 8%, allowing him to use his abilities more frequently.

Syno said that "cooldown reduction is important if you are playing more as a tank/crowd controller for your team. Since you don't have that much damage, you'll need your skills to set up teamfights or poke your enemies. Any kind of CD reduction is good for the hero." Lastly, Syno's tier 3 talent is Brave Smite because each time Chou crowd controls an enemy, he regains HP. This emblem works well with Inspire which reduces this effect's 10-second cooldown.

Battle Spells

Petrify

Flicker

According to Syno, Flicker and Petrify are most suitable for Chou. Which spell you actually use depends on your purpose in the game. Do you need better positioning? Flicker gives you that. Or perhaps you need additional CC, Petrify gives Chou an additional way to disrupt your opponents during a teamfight!

How to play Chou

Early game

In the first 5 minutes, Chou can effectively harass lanes with Jeet Kune Do. You should also focus on fast lane rotations to help other teammates who are having difficulty with their lanes. Syno said "You should duo lane with anyone and help with getting buffs."

You should also aim to reach level 4 fast to be effective in teamfights. Rotating and getting kills help if you are not the primary lane farmer.

Mid Game

The 5 - 10 minute period is where we enter the mid game. It is usually when teams decide to focus on teamfights and or group together to push turrets. If you are playing as an Assassin, Syno said "try to complete both Blade of Despair and Endless Battle before you go for a teamfight."

The best position for Chou before teamfights is hiding in a bush or sneaking behind the enemy lines to prepare to knock them up using Jeet Kune Do. Syno said, "Only go for their Mage or Marksman." This is the peak time for Chou to single out key enemy heroes and dish out high amounts of damage. Your main concern is how you position your hero before and during teamfights.

Late Game

If the game goes late (after the 10 minute mark), your opponent's Marksman (assuming they have one) would have gotten their items. A Chou player should be careful at this point because Syno's Assassin build leaves him defensively weak. Syno suggested to either hide in the bushes or Flicker straight to the back lines and target the squishy heroes (Mage/Marksman) with your ultimate to burst him/her down.

If things aren't going as planned, Chou can split push lanes to pressure the enemy to send one or two players back to protect turrets. That would give your team an opportunity to engage in a teamfight with more numbers.

Good Match-ups

Cyclops

Irithel

Angela

Syno said that Chou is great against Marksmen and Mages because of their low HP and Chou's high mobility makes it easy for him to catch them out. Definitely consider picking Chou if you need to sneakily get into the enemy back lines to hunt their squishier heroes!

Is Chou Weak Against Anyone?

Chou does not counter every hero in the game. So, Syno recommended not to pick Chou if one of these heroes are in your opponent's draft.

Helcurt

Diggie

Martis

Anti-CC heroes essentially make Chou useless in teamfights. Silencing him is another way to counter him. As long as you disrupt Chou's ability to execute his combos, you've pretty much countered him. For example, Diggie's ultimate (Time Journey) give his allies CC immunity and has a large AoE. Helcurt silences Chou and can burst him down very quickly (if you're not building tank items).

One More Advice

Chou is a super strong fighter hero, but you require exquisite control to utilise the hero well. Although Chou isn’t the kind of hero that can 1v5 the entire enemy team (if only there was a hero that could), he is definitely a hero that can help your team win ganks, teamfights, and most importantly, the game!

Moreover, remember to catch the MPL-MY/SG Season 3 Regular Season on the official Mobile Legends: Bang-Bang Facebook page!

What do you think about Syno's Chou item build? How would you play him?

A rose among the thorns

Hey there eGGlets we are starting a new weekly series of exclusive interviews where we speak to local and international esports personalities. Through these conversations, we want to hear and share their stories and experiences; taste their high points and low moments.

This week we spoke to Andriyana Mohamed Ghazali a.k.a ChuChu Gaming - a passionate lady in a largely male dominated esports scene. She is a local caster and streamer that is quite popular in Malaysia. She shares her unlikely journey in becoming one of the most well-known streamer here. 

 

Study or Gaming?

Medical student

Queens clan

ChuChu was an ordinary girl from Selangor that loved esports. At first, she started getting involved in esports just for fun but the journey that brought her where she is now was beyond her wildest dreams.

You would be quite surprised because ChuChu started gaming when she was in primary school, playing Warcraft and Starcraft. Not only was she an avid gamer, she was also a bright student - eventually pursuing a medical degree in Egypt! Did her studies stop her from going into esports? No, and this was what ChuChu had to say “knowledge, degree, diploma, masters, PhD - they are always valuable, no matter whatever field you are working in." For her, knowledge is important, even if you have a career in the gaming/esports industry.

Even when her university life started in 2009, she organized a few online Dota 2 tournaments for Malaysian students using the EU server every winter. They called it the “Winter League”. ChuChu said, “I always organized it during winter because that's when we have our study leave.”

Every parent wants to see their son/daughter be successful. This was the same as ChuChu’s parents who wanted her to be someone with great achievements and social standing. Their ideas however, were not the same as ChuChu's own dreams. She said, “Its hard for them to understand at first, but I fulfilled my parents' wish to have someone in the family with a medical degree and did my responsibilities as a daughter with the house chores and cooking, so they eventually let me do what made me happy.” So it was a win-win situation as long as she made her parents happy. She expressed her gratitude and appreciation for the understanding her family showed her, and feels that she is quite lucky. She notes that this can be especially hard for those from Asian families to convince parents that video games can be a legitimate career path and source of income. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL.

A successful medical degree student

Baby Steps in the Esports Scene.

TobiWan

LD

In 2012, she started to try shoutcasting and back then, it was still very rare to see a girl do this. She was primarily inspired by TobiWan and LD - famous Dota 2 casters -  and she realised that the Malaysian esports scene didn't have that many casters so she just wanted to try and have fun at the same time.

She said “We had this Dota platform in Garena, where you can enter any server in any region you wanted. I was curious about the Malaysian server players, so I tried to play there and test some stuff out. Even though there were lags and delays, a lot of the players I met there were quite helpful in guiding me to develop my gaming skills, so I stuck around for a bit and made a lot of friends. Most of them are now involved in Malaysia's budding esports scene. They gave me a bit of exposure and that's how I got involved in DotaTalk.”

So this was how she started casting Dota but she did not stay long with DotaTalk because she left to do freelance casting. Well, why did she leave the organization?

Passion Makes You Stronger

DotaTalk

“The organizer replaced me without my knowledge even after I was told to standby and had been waiting for 10 hours without sleeping (due to being in a different time zone from Malaysia) and later I casted back to back for 7-10 hours, all without payment.” She was very upset with the management at that time because they took advantage of people that were passionate in esports.

She wasn't the only one in that tournament who wasn't compensated. “Most of the casters were paid to cast. Even if we were paid for casting the whole tournament, we would probably just get a mouse. If you did get paid, or got something else, you were considered lucky enough.”

She added “But what hurt the most was if you were a female, and just want to be noticed for your skills, but didn't have anybody on the inside, you pretty much wouldn't get the opportunity to have a slot in casting. I remember I had to literally beg to cast. Up to that point, I tired of it and just went freelance casting for free.” After the incident, she left DotaTalk and began to do freelance casting till 2015.

Hiding Gender in Esports

Back in 2013, it was very rare to see a woman involved in esports because of the sentiment that women were "noobs and weak". The esports community was largely harsh towards female gamers and ChuChu did experience it when she joined a Dota tournament in her university. “I had to hide my gender when I was playing Dota & Dota 2 back then, and they only knew my gender when we were required to register the details of each player for qualifiers or when I needed to use Teamspeak to communicate. Most players or gamers would say negative things about us, like "oh they play with her because it's a SHE" or "SHE's a girl, and girls are usually not good players."

Besides that, for one of the tournaments that she wanted to join in her university, the organizer denied her entry. She said, “I was not allowed to join a Dota 2 tournament due to my gender because I was the only female in my team.” She was so frustrated with the organizer because she was discriminated just because she was female. "This ridiculous reason, among many others, made women less active in esports and this gender bias behaviour should not be tolerated."

Cancerous Community

After she finished her studies she came back to Malaysia in April 2018 and started a streaming career. Why did she start streaming? ChuChu said “I started out just to have fun, it's nice to have people to talk with or ask me stuff when I was playing games. I enjoy sharing my love for games to other people”. She streamed mostly Dota 2 and Mobile Legends and a lot of viewers really liked to watch these games being streamed.

Not all things were good when you stream games as a woman. She experienced verbal abuse when she was streaming, which caused her emotional distress. She said “I did get affected by things like that. I have feelings too” then she added “there was a lot of cursing involved."

Whenever she faced verbal abuse in streams she would try to take it positively by saying “maybe these people just needed to vent at someone or just had a bad day.” and she also said that “everyone has a right to their own opinion and perspective, I cannot control what people say or react towards me, but I can control my own actions. Be good to others and others will be good to you." She now hopes that people would think first before they type their minds out because people can be easily offended or hurt by one’s action.

The ChuChu Gang

Edwardo

Rafi

Naqib

ChuChu shared that she had few friends who helped her in her streaming career. “3 individuals helped me most in this process - they were there from the very beginning. The first 2 are Naqib and Rafi, both of them have been very supportive, motivating, and were always telling me to never give up in doing what I loved. Naqib especially has even supported me financially when I first started out. It was super hard to even have proper meals and good internet at first. Then there's Edwardo, who was the first person who pushed me and guided me most with regards to streaming, and he gave me a lot of opportunities to move forward.”

Not only that, she also mentioned she won’t forget all of those who knew her back in her Dota and Dota 2 days. Other notable people included the FD squad, Rafi, KecikImba, Syabad, Dex, Aiman, Faris, Imp, Arham, Shafiq, Dehe, Sede, Duaa,Bonen, Derq, her university friends, ChuChu's amazing viewers, and her moderators. "Almost everybody that I've met in my life have always supported me. I want to take this opportunity to thank each one of them because without them, I would not be where I am today."

ChuChu: What's Behind the Name?

ChiChi is Goku's wife!

“The name ChuChu - I got it from my Dota 2 days. A friend of mine named himself ChiChi, a Dragon Ball character, so I just made fun of that name, calling myself ChuChu, and it just stuck.”

Next Steps.

“For now, I'm aiming to be among the best female representatives in the Malaysian esports scene. I want to help our Malaysian esports community to grow faster, stronger and better.”

If you want to know more about ChuChu you can head over to her Facebook page ChuChu Gaming.

The Story of the Father of Malaysian Esports

Hey there eGGlets we are starting a new weekly series of exclusive interviews where we speak to local and international esports personalities. Through these conversations, we want to hear and share their stories and experiences; taste their high points and low moments.

This week we spoke to Firdaus Hashim a.k.a MasterRamen - the so-called Father of Malaysian Esports. Wanna know why? Well, let’s check it out.

Lowyat.net

This was a famous internet forum for people to talk about gaming and esports in general. Back then Dota was the hottest game and many people gathered at Lowyat.net to talk about it. MasterRamen said, “the Dota community was quite small back then and I just played Dota for fun with friends I made through the forum.” This was also the time when he organised his first amateur tournament - the Litany League. Little did he know that this was the beginning of his roller coaster journey with esports.

Dota Talk

After sometime, the owner of Dota Talk - Jaren Gan invited him to join the platform. What was Dota Talk? It was essentially a Facebook page that only talked about Dota in Southeast Asia (SEA) and sometimes hosted tournaments in Malaysia. During that time, “I managed a team called Lowyet.net esports and this was also the first time Lowyat.net sponsored a team.”

He brought a lot of changes while in that managerial position. This was because “back then the team was not performing well. That is why I felt that player changes were necessary for the team to progress.” Some of the players released from the team are now millionaires, including Jian Wei "xNova" Yap and Adam “343” Shah.

From Nothing to Something - Arrow Gaming

Lowyat.net was rebranded as Arrow Gaming and in 2014, out of nowhere, the team managed to qualify for The Dota 2 International 4 (TI 4) under the guidance of MasterRamen. His face beamed as he reminisced about the glory days, saying “we won the qualifiers with style.” That was the first biggest tournament for the team. Everyone in SEA was supporting them all the way during TI but in the end, bad things happened.

The Shocking Downward Spiral

After TI4, he left the team but then a match-fixing scandal hit the team. When asked about it, MasterRamen just replied “shit happened.” He explained that both parties (players and the management) should be blamed in this matter. MasterRamen said with a low voice “I built them up from nothing to something until people idolized them. But it all came crashing down.” Deep in his heart you can feel that he was very sad and is still haunted by the scandal. “After Babyoling revealed the match fixing issue I exposed the wrongdoing of the team management and felt like I was betraying the trust of an old friend but it needed to be done to stop the issue from becoming worse.”

Redemption

MasterRamen said, “after I stopped becoming a manager I created the Esukan Facebook page for Malaysia.” He explained that there was no local event page that specifically covered the Malaysian esports scene. So he and few other people took the initiative to be the founders of this page. As time passed the page kept growing and growing until it has now become the main page for Malaysians looking for a tournament to join or seeking to promote an event in Malaysia. This was one of the ways he decided to contribute back to the esports community in Malaysia.

Building up Mineski

MasterRamen did not stop there, he and his friends became the founders of Mineski Malaysia (MET), he told us that “I would like to see Malaysian esports grow and that those involved can generate stable incomes for the future generation.” MET’s purpose was to build up the competitive esports scene in Malaysia. These are just a few of the many events that have they have done thus far:

Selangor Cyber Games

Malaysia Cyber Games

ESL One Genting

The Father of Malaysian Esports

So why do Malaysians call him the Father of Malaysian esports? He said “well, many pro players in Malaysia came to me when they had problems and I would help them to voice out or give them advice that they needed. Maybe that was the reason why they gave me that nickname.”

“I still feel shy sometimes when that phrase is used, but more importantly I feel sad when I see players used or mistreated by certain entities in the Malaysian esports scene. If you have a problem for sure you need a solution right?” Well, that was why MasterRamen and few of his trusted friends spearheaded an association in an effort to end this problem.

The Malaysia Esports PlayersAssociation (MESPA)

This association was formed to protect Malaysian esports players from receiving bad treatment. This could be at the hands of event organisers or their own team manager(s) or owner(s). MasterRamen’s involvement was to be a guide to the pro-tem committee members of MESPA.

Wanna know more about MESPA? Check it out here.

Where is Esukan Malaysia (eSM)?

The Malaysian government body eSM’s purpose was to oversee esports in Malaysia but many people say they are not doing a good job. However, MasterRamen said that “they do their job but just had bad luck when trusting people.” eSM has since undergone certain changes, now “they just need some time to re-adjust themselves in this scene again, so Malaysians need to be patient.”

Why MasterRamen?

Waaay before he changed his nickname to MasterRamen he was called Perunding in Lowyat.net. Anyway, the inspiration for the name was from his favourite anime called Naruto. He took it from a character in Naruto that always made ramen for Naruto - the protagonist.

When asked whether he likes ramen, he replied, “the truth is I don't like to eat Ramen.” It did blow my mind knowing that his now-popular nickname is not because he likes ramen but because of an anime.

MasterRamen is still actively promoting and growing the local esports scene. You can find out more about what he does here.

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