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Meta Matters is a series where we take a deeper look into the esports metagame. We’ll explore strategies used by the best teams and supplement that with our own research and statistics. Esports isn’t just a random group of people playing video games – the meta truly matters!


As an off lane Mobile Legends player, I revel at the sight of successfully pulling the enemies’ attention to myself from across the map. However, the 1v2’s I have performed, the clutch 1v3 Thamuz and Terizla plays (before they were nerfed), are gone to the gutter. Why bother with flashy plays or unforgettable X.Borg ultimates when the off lane has often been reduced to just Uranus.

No, I am not kidding, neither am I happy about this. Over the first three weeks of MPL-MY/SG Season 5, I have been hoping this trend would not catch on. However, the Malaysian and Singaporean professional teams have caught on to the strength of Uranus.

Related: Flameshot is an issue.

Why has Uranus become so prominent in the off lane role? Let’s look at previous meta off lane picks from the end of 2019 till now.

Jawhead is the most-picked hero in MPL-MY/SG after three weeks of matches.

Thamuz has an impressive 58% win rate out of 31 games played.

Out of these five picks, only two stand out as the rest have either been badly nerfed or cannot survive the current meta abuse of four-men tower dives. This is where Uranus fits in. His kit allows him to clear waves effectively whilst dealing with the abuse most off laners suffer thanks to his strong base stats. To take it a step further, he can absorb even more pressure when he builds tank items and stacks his passive. This means that teams have been struggling to cope with the amount of time taken to kill him, which in all honesty, is a bit of a bummer.

Geek Fam vs Siren Clan Game 1. Geek Fam took the series 2-0.

Have a look at Geek Fam versus Siren Clan during the 3rd minute of game. Artz took advantage of his wave clear and durability to proxy the wave from Siren Clan. This posed no immediate threat to Siren Clan until Artz decided to proxy another wave when the Turtle spawned. This would enable Geek Fam’s minions to crash into Siren’s top land tier 1 tower, which was already at 50% of its HP. Sirens quickly cleared their waves to respond en masse to Artz, who was trying to clear another wave. This wasted a total of 12 seconds of Siren players walking to him and running him down. Within these 12 precious seconds, Siren Clan’s bottom tier 1 tower fell to Geek Fam and the Season 3 champions could have claimed the Turtle. Nevertheless, they opted for a less-greedy play.

Related: MPL Indonesia’s RRQ.Hoshi counters Uranus.

Notorious Villains vs Axis Esports Game 2. NV won the series 2-1.

Pix 5 caption: Notorious Villains vs Axis Esports Game 2. NV won the series 2-1.

Look at KaizerX in Game 2 of Notorious Villains vs Axis Esports. Most would say that it is odd that at 2:15, KaiserX decided to hop over the wall into the enemy base especially after dying in the first minute of the game. Take note that at this point of the game, all five members of NV have shown themselves on the map. Four at the top lane and Thamuz holding the mid lane. Considering this, KaiserX made a smart move to proxy both mid and bottom lane minions in one fell swoop before getting out.

Although Axis lost the game eventually, these two examples show that Uranus can be utilised to effectively brick wall other a team’s off lane and buy time for teammates to secure bigger objectives across the map.

MPL-MY/SG S5 Hero Spotlight: Uranus.

Uranus is a quite a popular pick in competitive games. It is the joint 10th most-picked hero in MPL-MY/SG and is the fourth most-picked off laner behind Jawhead, Thamuz and Chou. Surprisingly, Uranus has an overall low win rate. Only EVOS SG has found consistent success on the hero.

Do I like seeing him being this effective in professional play? Certainly not, but I acknowledge that there is value in playing with such a defensive hero for a good early game start. However, players have become smarter and teams who pick Uranus will need to find a way to properly transition him to the late game.

Related: MPL-MY/SG resumes on 9 April 2020.


This is a guest post and the views expressed here are the author's own. GideonQ is a caster and analyst for MPL-MY/SG Season 5.

eGG Network is the organiser of MPL-MY/SG Season 5, which will resume on 9 April 2020.

As week 3 resumes tomorrow, Gideon takes a look at the enigma that is Group B.

Meta Matters is a series where we take a deeper look into the esports metagame. We’ll explore strategies used by the best teams and supplement that with our own research and statistics. Esports isn’t just a random group of people playing video games – the meta truly matters!


After two weeks of the PUBG Mobile Professional League MY/SG 2020 and so far a lot of colours have shown between the various teams in the groups. None as concerning as Group B. Now for context, here are the team currently in Group B:

The full PMPL MY/SG 2020 groups.

At first glance, a lot of people have claimed that RSG would have dominated this group and I would have agreed with you. However, things did not go very well as PUBG Mobile is an uncontrollable beast of RNG (random number generator) and circle dependant locations. In the first week alone, RSG had underperformed significantly while other teams such as FV stole a chicken dinner away, Bapak Ah Esports were consistently killing and securing top 5 positions every time they played. Dingoz was also snatching Winner Winner Chicken Dinners (WWCD) like it’s free pot-roast day.

Related: Bapak Ah Esports gunning for first place.

Week 2 day 1 came by and it became extremely apparent that the Singaporean teams like H20 and Impunity just could not keep up with the tempo of the Malaysian squads. Their lack of competitions on their home soil hurt them coming in to the league as the entirety of week 1 was them playing catch-up. Frustratingly, they achieved poor results despite these players being decent. If they had more time and experience, I am sure they would have done exceptionally.

As for the rest of the teams, week 2 was a chance to redeem themselves. Team No Recoil had found their footing, played more aggressively stood up to whoever was in their path. They secured themselves 2 WWCD within a day! Dingoz then became the first team to claim two WWCD in a row in PMPL MY/SG 2020. Even Axis found some success in week 2.

Bapak Ah Esports lead the standings after two weeks of gameplay.

This is what makes group B undoubtedly the most terrifying group. They are a band of wild cards strapped together and you will never know which team will be on top. Teams in Groups A and C even struggle to find the consistency that Bapak Ah seem to have formed. Even the likes of Yoodo Gank have fallen to the adaptive rotations of Team No Recoil and Dingos. That’s not to say that Group B has not had its fair share of falling flat. Teams like RSG and FV have been knocked out of games in 16th place on multiple occasions. However, it is just as likely that they up the next game with RSG’s smart hillside contest in week 2 day 4 earning them their first WWCD. By the end of week 2, their claimed three chicken dinners in week two and them the title of week 2’s MVP team.

Resurgence earned the title of MVP team in Week 2 after a stellar showing following a dismal Week 1 performance.

It is unbelievably crazy how often people would count this group out when their performance have stolen countless WWCD from teams like EVOS ViP or even Geek Fam. As organisations, they may not have the prestige of a Team Secret or Yoodo Gank, but keep your eyes on them for this final week – they are tigers just waiting to pounce on any sign of weakness from the other teams.

Related: PMPL MY/SG 2020 resumes on 31 March 2020.


This is a guest post and the views expressed here are the author's own. GideonQ is a host of PMPL (MY/SG) 2020.

PMPL MY/SG resumed today (31 March 2020) and will be livestreamed on the PUBG Mobile Facebook page.

The eight-week Regular Season has ended, signifying a two-week break before the Playoffs on 10-12 April.

Meta Matters is a series where we take a deeper look into the esports metagame. We’ll explore strategies used by the best teams and supplement that with our own research and statistics. Esports isn’t just a random group of people playing video games – the meta truly matters!


MPL-ID Season 5 Playoffs will be held from 10-12 April 2020.

After eight grueling weeks of competition, we finally have our top six MPL Indonesia teams who will advance to the Season 5 playoffs! On top of the charts, we have RRQ.Hoshi and Bigetron Alpha who will move directly to the second round of the upper bracket. Despite ending the regular with the exact same match win-loss and games differential record, RRQ claimed first place because they have a superior head-to-head record against Bigetron Alpha.

This leaves defending champions EVOS Legends to face off against Genflix Aerowolf and Alter Ego (AE) versus ONIC E-sports.

The first game of the Playoffs will be Alter Ego vs ONIC. AE have shown consistency throughout the season. They started off well but did struggle to adapt to the better teams towards the second half of the season. However, they should be feeling confident after their latest 2- 0 trouncing over MPL Season 4 and M1 champions, EVOS Legends.

ONIC's MSC 2019 journey was phenomenal.

ONIC, on the other hand, has not been as consistent and are a far cry from the performance which earned them the MSC 2019 title. Seemingly on a rough patch, ONIC have been quick to make roster changes since the Season 5 but have thus far failed to stamp their unique mark on the league. There are rumours that Udil might return to the line-up on the big stage and that would be a pleasant surprise. It might be the star power the squad needs break their streak of mediocre showings. Nevertheless, based on form, I would say that the odds are in Alter Ego’s favour.

Related: ONIC wins MSC 2019.

The second match of the day will be between EVOS Legends and struggling Genflix Aerowolf. Aerowolf nearly missed a playoffs spot by losing both of their matches in the final week, just edging Aura with one more series won. They have shown promise at various stages of the season but bad decision-making at crucial moments have resulted in losses. They have talent but lack experience, but when they do click as a team, they are a beauty to watch. Let’s hope these two weeks of preparation before the Playoffs will be used wisely.

EVOS Legends need no introduction but their form has been questionable. It is not a stretch to say that EVOS, RRQ, and Bigetron Alpha are on a different level compared to the rest of the league. The bigger question for the defending champions is whether the losses they suffered during the regular season has taught them enough to win the title back-to-back. It is difficult to state unequivocally that EVOS are holding their cards close to their chest. Losses in the season can be attributed to role swaps, experimentation, and perhaps bad drafting. It could be part of coach Zeys’ calculation, hence I am confident in the White Lions’ capabilities to take down the Wolves.

Related: Zeys discusses EVOS Legends' M1 title-winning formula.

After the first round of matches, I would like to see Alter Ego go up against Bigetron Alpha once more because Alter Ego forces Bigetron Alpha to play more proactively. This makes for more cross-map plays and increases the likelihood of some heart-pounding action.

The M1 grand final was played between Indonesian powerhouses RRQ and EVOS Legends.

As for potential a potential grand finals match, I’m hoping that it will be another RRQ versus EVOS slugfest. A repeat of the M1 grand finals where RRQ were soundly beaten? Considering RRQ’s red-hot form this season, who would not want to see them exact their revenge over their arch nemesis?


This is a guest post and the views expressed here are the author's own. GideonQ is a caster and analyst for MPL-MY/SG Season 5.

eGG Network will be showing MPL-ID Season 5 from Fridays to Sundays! Visit www.egg.network to check out the daily schedule as the Playoffs will take place on 10-12 April 2020.

Despite losing the series, Alter Ego’s Game 1 performance was a helpful glimpse into the meta.

Meta Matters is a series where we take a deeper look into the esports metagame. We’ll explore strategies used by the best teams and supplement that with our own research and statistics. Esports isn’t just a random group of people playing video games – the meta truly matters!


Alter Ego vs Genflix Aerowolf was a highlighted match on Week 7, Day 2 of MPL-ID Season 5.

Welcome to a breakdown in the middle of Malaysia’s Movement Control Order. It’s not the best of situations but it gives an analyst more time to focus on MPL Indonesia Season 5. This week, we will be looking into the match between Alter Ego (AE) vs Genflix Aerowolf (GA), especially in Game 1.

The latest patch 1.4.6 brought much needed nerfs and adjustments just before MPL-ID week 7. If you haven’t read about it yet, the most notable changes are to Twilight Armor & Flameshot, visual fixes for certain heroes. In terms of heroes, Freya and Hanzo were revamped, while most mages received very small game limiters, and finally, hyper carries Bruno and Granger receive a bit of a nerf.

Related: Flameshot is an issue

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s look at the game. Right off the bat, the draft was strange. Alter Ego on Blue (first pick) and Genflix Aerowolf were on Red (second pick). Here are the bans and picks:

From the bans alone, hyper carries were being targeted except Bruno and Granger. It seems that their recent nerfs have caused both teams to regard them as be less reliable. Now the draft gets a little weirder in Aerowolf’s third pick (red 3). After seeing the core combo from Alter Ego’s open hand drafting style, GA immediately realized that they needed to secure a stronger crowd control hero for their line-up.

They picked Akai, and AE responded by removing Cecilion as GA lacked magic damage. With so much disengage already on GA’s side, Cecilion would be able to survive harshest of teamfights. Harith was an option, but he depended on his dash too much - not to mention Esmeralda’s shield steal’s function meant that Harith would be rendered even weaker. Lunox, on the other hand, is mostly a single-target mage after the Power of Chaos: Darkening effect wears off.

However, for Genflix’s last pick, I usually disagree with Irithel, but with no other Marksman option to complement the team, Irithel’ s mass slow was a perfect fit for Genflix Aerowolf’s disengage-hyper-carry composition versus Alter Ego’s hard-engage line-up.

At the start of the game, both teams opted for a 5-mask opening in hopes of leveling up faster. Hitting level 2 at 1 minute is an enormous advantage. In this game, AE attempted to steal Genflix’s blue buff close to the 1st minute mark and it was a great move. They claimed first blood but failed to steal the buff.

Alter Ego's 1st minute blue buff invade.

The game was close even until Alter Ego’s Celiboy was ambushed by three members of Genflix near the topside river during the 3rd minute. However, His Esmeralda was too durable and Genflix just could not take her down. This resulted in a small skirmish in the mid river with AE coming out slightly on top.

From here, AE controlled the map despite many attempts by Fredo’s Akai to catch them. His ganks often failed thanks to Purify being a decent spell to walk away from dangerous situations like this (Celiboy’s Esmeralda and Maungzy’s Roger both used this spell).

Related: Vote for the MPL Indonesia Season 5 Regular Season MVP.

This game is a good reflection of the shift in meta because the new patch has severely hit the previous meta’s spells (Flameshot) and picks (Granger and Bruno). I would give it more time to let the meta develop but I do love the attempt to expand the Marksman hyper carry hero pool and teamfight compositions.

I believe that the 3 Flameshot compositions is now shaky as more teams are trying to innovate towards making hyper carries work in this environment because the buffs have largely remained the same.


This is a guest post and the views expressed here are the author's own. GideonQ is a caster and analyst for MPL-MY/SG Season 5.

eGG Network will be showing MPL-ID Season 5 from Fridays to Sundays! Visit www.egg.network to check out the daily schedule as Week 8 will happen on 27-29 March 2020.

The MPL Season 4 and M1 1st runners-up are showing they have the staying power for a serious title challenge.

Meta Matters is a series where we take a deeper look into the esports
metagame. We’ll explore strategies used by the best teams and supplement that
with our own research and statistics. Esports isn’t just a random group of
people playing video games – the meta truly matters!


Week 6 Day 2 of MPL ID Season 5 really showed the difference in RRQ Hoshi’s playstyle. I am not going to lie when I say that RRQ is literally a “suicide squad” as they will do almost anything to get the win. It’s terrifying how a team can be this aggressive while still pulling themselves apart from the pack with their stellar 8-2 record.

Let’s us get into the meat of things. During Week 6 Day 2, RRQ Hoshi faced Alter Ego. Now AE was looking to build on their 5-5 match win-loss record after beating their closest competition ONIC 2-1 the week before, and second-from-bottom Aura on Day 1. However, against RRQ, AE was a shadow of their previous performance. The team had adapted well against ONIC despite losing Game 2. I was expecting them to show the same spirit and teamwork but that just was not the case.

That brings us to Game 1 between RRQ and Alter Ego. It started well for RRQ with a smart Zhask pick, which enabled their composition to dish out enough damage despite the strong disengage provided by Valir. I might also add that Alter Ego’s draft was not the best and didn’t take full advantage of
the current hyper-carry, support-Flameshot meta. AE went with a standard draft but integrated Leomord into their line-up. Whether it was AE’s attempt to expand the meta horizon or just missed execution on their part, RRQ’s LJ had a field day brick-walling LeoMurphy’s Leomord throughout the laning phase and he didn’t  have much of an impact in the top lane.

Game 2 should have been when AE decided to adapt, and they did. The draft was 50/50 and I would argue that AE might have had a slightly better composition overall. Much to my surprise, RRQ had a different plan in mind. RRQ realised the weak link in the AE’s chain, the damage-sponge, Uranus. I talked about it previously in my article on Bigetron Alpha where Uranus was utilised as a brick wall aimed at neutralising damage during the early laning stages. I had initially thought that RRQ.XIN’s Gusion might have to lane against Uranus but much to my surprise RRQ had different plans as they made Lemon’s Wanwan play in a seemingly unfavourable lane. However, what made it apparent that Uranus was down for the
count was the emblem selected by Lemon, Weakness Finder.

It was honestly quite shocking that I had not seen this sooner as Wanwan single-handedly took over the lane. Uranus was not able to walk up to the wave as he would be severely punished, especially after the 4th minute.

Weakness Finder allowed Wanwan to get in good damage, while also slowing him down enough on proc to kite around him. This essentially allowed Lemon to dance around him, hit all the vulnerability points whilst maintaining a safe distance. Of course, Uranus would never actually die to Wanwan, but the hero picked to shut down the opponent’s safelane, was ironically, shut down.

The next step was utilising Gusion. It was nice to finally see Gusion in play again but abusing his level 4 and pretending to be the off laner gave RRQ the edge. AE expected Lemon to be funnelled with all the gold and experience, and in their defense, so did I. But after XIN’s Gusion reached level 4, RRQ continually took fight after fight until they beat Alter Ego into submission.

An “early game” Wanwan was a cover-up, Gusion had a power spike that RRQ utilised until Lemon was online. For the first seven minutes of the game, Lemon would not participate in big teamfights unless necessary. RRQ relied on Gusion heavily to ensure they won 3v3 skirmishes across the map, which catapulted Gusion (who had Mystery Shop as his emblem) to hit his power spike quicker. From 12:30 in-game onwards, RRQ would win every fight till the Base came crashing down.

Lemon ended the game 13/0/2 – not bad for a supposedly tough start against Uranus.

This is a guest post and the views expressed here are the author's own. GideonQ is a caster and analyst for MPL-MY/SG Season 5.

eGG Network will be showing MPL-ID Season 5 from Fridays to Sundays! Visit www.egg.network to check out the daily schedule as Week 8 will happen on 27-29 March 2020. 


It's a combination of exploiting the meta and individual firepower.

Meta Matters is a series where we take a deeper look into the esports metagame. We’ll explore strategies used by the best teams and supplement that with our own research and statistics. Esports isn’t just a random group of people playing video games – the meta truly matters!


Among the pro players, MPL-ID is widely considered the pinnacle of competitive MLBB. Leading the Regular Season league standings after five weeks is Bigetron Alpha. After undergoing a roster change, they now top the charts and are looking to continue to dominate the league with an impressive and unmatched 7-1 record.

How did they do it? There are three aspects to which we can attribute their success.

MPL-ID week 5 standings see Bigetron maintain their stranglehold at the top.

Part 1: The Meta  

The landscape of the MLBB competitive scene has been changed significantly by the battle spell, Flameshot. Previously, support heroes capable of building magic items were considered situational but have become a dominant pick even across the MLBB professional leagues so far. Now that the meta has shifted to what the Indonesian players call the “Flameshot meta,” teams are now prioritising these supports and their potential counters. Exploiting this meta, of course, includes Bigetron Alpha.

Secondly, the changes to the Red Buff, where Marksmen, Mages and Support heroes deal 50 (+50% Total Physical ATK) True Damage and slow their target by 30%, have increased the strength of Marksmen and Support heroes. This special attack has a 3 seconds cooldown. With this change, Marksmen now have access to a slow and true damage, which greatly increases their early game utility, allowing them to run down opponents. This further complements the “Weakness Finder” Marksman emblem.

Note: The advance server has nerfed the cooldown of Flameshot by 15 seconds. Whether that is a significant is still up in the air.

Part 2: Team Composition

Bigetron Alpha designs their victory composition like this:

  • Off lane (their favoured pick is either Uranus or Thamuz)
  • Support (Magic damage)
  • Tank (can be switched out for another support if Diggie is in play)
  • Mage (Harith/Lunox)
  • Hyper Carry (Any Marksmen/Marksmen replacements)

You’re probably thinking that this just looks like any other composition and to be fair, you’re almost right. Take into consideration what used to be the dominant meta, 2 Tank compositions were viable thanks to the changes to Revitalize. Now the exact same thing is happening here except it is based around Flameshot.

With this skill, Support heroes can easily chain abilities with the help of Flameshot to set up kills for the team very early in the game. The early stages of MPL-ID games have been extremely aggressive because of the strength of this spell. And Bigetron have been quick to adopt this meta.

Info as of Week 4 of the MPL-ID Regular Season.

Part 3: Branz

The secret ingredient to Bigetron Alpha’s current success is this man right here. What teams have been trying to replicate, but unsuccessfully is what this carry brings to his team. A standard feature of Bigetron’s plays is to play defensively, depending on their opponent’s line-up until level 3-4. Then they will look to dive Branz’s lane. The strategy is simple, look to play towards the dominant side of the map and ensure Branz (the carry) gets enough gold and experience. The Red Aliens then proceed to destroy towers and will sacrifice the opposite tower if necessary. This cycle repeats until all tier 1 towers are razed. While this game plan is being executed, the team will funnel as much gold as they can to Branz until he hits critical mass. Fun fact: he is the player with the highest GPM in the league so far at 867 GPM.

His performances over the past few weeks are a testament to his individual strength. He was declared MVP for the first two weeks of the league, which helped give the team an early season lead. His Marksmen plays have been phenomenal. He has the third-highest kills in the league (107), averaging 5.7 per game. But neither has he always gone all-out to get kills. He has the second-lowest deaths per game, averaging just 1.2 deaths each game – that’s impressive considering he has played 18 games! His level of consistency is simply amazing!

Branz was the MPL-ID week 1 MVP.

His red-hot form gave BTR Alpha an early lead which they have maintained.

With these three components, Bigetron Alpha has taken seven Bo3’s, with their only series lost against RRQ. Some might argue that Bigetron Alpha isn’t invincible, and to that, I agree. However, I will say that they are extremely difficult to beat with this composition until teams start adapting.

This may be my speculation but I can see that Bigetron is trying to diversify as they are aware that teams might find a way to counter their strengths. For example, when they lost to RRQ, they forced Zhask twice. Whether they continue to stay on top of the league or drop will be determined other teams finding an equivalent counter-meta. If teams can figure out that Baxia & Diggie was the answer to deal with the two Tank Revitalize meta, I’m confident that there will be an answer to this.


This is a guest post and the views expressed here are the author's own. GideonQ is a caster and analyst for MPL-MY/SG Season 5.

eGG Network will be showing MPL-ID Season 5 from Fridays to Sundays! Visit www.egg.network to check out the daily schedule.

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