The first lower bracket match of the day saw recently-crowned MPL Myanmar Season 4 champions, Burmese Ghouls, take on MPL-MY/SG Season 5 1st runners-up Geek Fam.
The elimination match was full of surprises, but the seasoned Burmese players’ composure, combined with Ace’s scintillating performance helped them overturn overwhelming odds in Game 1, which propelled them to an easier victory in the second game.
Game 1: Burmese Ghouls victory
Both teams opened their campaigns yesterday with 2-0 scores: Burmese Ghouls lost to Resurgence, whereas Geek Fam triumphed over Genflix Aerowolf.
Geek Fam’s confidence carried them into an early lead over Burmese Ghouls which they carefully maintained. Hero kills were scarce, but Geek Fam’s superior economy management allowed them to control the pace of the game and by the 5th minute, the Malaysians had already taken all three of Burmese Ghouls’ tier 1 towers without losing any of theirs.
However, the champions of Myanmar held defended their inhibitor turrets well, and each Geek Fam failed to breach their defenses, Ace’s Bruno became stronger. But the Malaysian squad’s 19th minute Lord push seemed to have sealed the game beyond doubt, but a sloppy teamfight in the 23rd minute gave Burmese Ghouls a lifeline.
The Myanmar outfit duly took the next Lord and in one fell swoop, pushed into Geek Fam’s base to achieve an amazing comeback.
Game 2: Burmese Ghouls victory
The previous game’s defeat from a winning position seemed to hurt Geek Fam’s confidence, and compared to Game 1, they played more cautiously. Burmese Ghouls, on the other hand, went for a crowd-controlling line-up to maximise Ace’s Hayabusa pick.
Their strategy proved effective even though Geek Fam fought tooth and nail to stay in the game. Nevertheless, Burmese Ghouls’ better teamfight execution, and the lack of a hard-counter to Hayabusa allowed them to gradually build up an insurmountable lead.
There was no fairy tale ending for Geek Fam this game as Burmese Ghouls proved more clinical in finishing off the game without making mistakes. This series was reminiscent of Geek Fam’s MPL-MY/SG Season 5 grand final loss to Resurgence, a team they had previously defeated in the upper bracket final. The players will need to do some soul-searching as they figure out why they choke in winnable games.
With this victory, Burmese Ghouls advance to the next lower bracket round and will face either EVOS Legends or ONIC in the next round.
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