We're now one step closer to determining the best Wild Rift team in SEA. Over the past seven weeks, all the top teams in Malaysia/Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Taiwan and Oceania have been duking it out for a spot in the biggest event of 2022 so far - the Wild Rift Champions SEA 2022, where they will compete against each other for a spot in the Global Championship later this year.

From 23 April to 8 May, here are the 11 teams who will be battling each other for money, a title, and a coveted spot:

The top four teams will qualify for the Wild Rift Icons Global Championship and a cut of the USD 200,000 prize pool.

There will be 3 stages to the Wild Rift Champions SEA 2022: play-ins, playoffs, and finals.

Play-ins (23-24 April)

Five teams will be playing a best-of-three round robin against every team for a spot in the playoffs. The top team will move forward while second and third place will play a best-of-five for the last slot. The teams in this stage will be: Cerberus Esports, EVOS Esports TH, FENNE Adversity, ONE Team and Smash Logic Gaming.

Playoffs and Finals (26-27 April, 29 April - 1 May, 6-7 May)

The eight teams will compete against each other in a double-elimination bracket, best-of-five until the lower bracket finals and grand finals which will be best-of-seven. For the first round, teams from the same-sub region cannot be drawn against each other, which means we'll only be seeing inter-region matches in the beginning, spicy!

The event will be broadcasted live on Twitch, Facebook and YouTube, check out the links to the broadcasts below. Matches start from 2 PM (GMT+8) 23 April.



Bahasa Indonesia

Bahasa Malaysia




We can't wait to see which teams will hoist the trophy this year! Stay tuned to eGG Network for more news and updates about Wild Rift. More info.

The group stages of the Free Fire MCP Majors S3 have come to a conclusion, and we now have the top 12 teams who will make it to the grand finals later this April. They are:

  1. Geek Fam
  2. Blacklist International
  4. Hard to Get
  5. Todak
  6. VETE eSports
  7. Bloody Head
  8. Axis Esports
  9. E. Wolves Gang
  10. OVERDOSE Esport
  11. Orange Esports
  12. ICON

What a performance from Geek Fam this week as they fought tooth and nail to overtake Blacklist International, who held the top spot for the past 3 weeks! Geek Fam head into the grand final as the favourites if they keep up the amazing performance. Blacklist International weren't too shabby either, finishing in second place, they must have relaxed a bit this weekend seeing how comfortable they are in the leaderboards anyway.

DOEASY, Hard to Get, Todak, VETE eSports, Bloody Heads, Axis Esports, E. Wolves Gang, OVERDOSE Esport and Orange Esports managed to stay in the top 12, but ICON took over Umbrella Reborn this week. Unfortunately for the latter team, they'll be sitting out of the grand finals. Congrats to ICON for securing the last spot!

The MCP Majors will be taking a break this week and resuming on 16th April for the grand finals, where the winners will qualify for the World Series Sentosa, and the top 6 will secure their spot in MCP Majors S4. It's going to be a bloodbath and we can't wait! Stay tuned to eGG Network for more news and coverage on Free Fire. More info.

If you missed the action, here are the VODs for week 4:

We're now one weekend away from determining the teams who will be qualifying for the grand finals of the Free Fire MCP Majors S3. Week 3 of the league stage concluded yesterday, and here's how the teams fared:

Blacklist International continued to dominate, not letting go of the first place spot since week 1! Geek Fam and DOEASY traded places, while Hard To Get and Todak maintained their positions. VETE Esports and Bloody Heads climbed up to take 6th and 7th place while Orange Esports and E.Wolves Gang dropped to 9th and 10th. Overdose Esports dropped to 10th while Axis rose to 11th, and Umbrella Reborn rounded up the top 12.

Teams like WTG Xpert and Tactical Intex are most likely to be eliminated from the running, while Ego Oblivions, Icon, AKO Ligers and Scripshotz can still make it - under extremely favourable conditions. Other than that, the rest of the top teams look to be pretty secure, it's going to be a matter of which team will finish first!

If you missed the action, check out the VODs for days 1-3 below, and be sure to catch the fourth weekend of the FF MCP Major S3 live on FacebookTikTok and YouTube starting this Friday, 1 April, 8 PM. More info.

The latest season of the PUBG Mobile Professional League (PMPL) MYSGPH starts this week with some interesting changes to its format. There will be no more separation between Weekdays and Super Weekends, which means teams will have to maintain consistent performances throughout the whole week - teams don't get a chance to 'catch up' by performing extra well during Super Weekends. Teams will be awarded based on their kills and placement as usual, but every match matters now. There will also be Weekly and League bonus points given to teams based on their performances and overall ranking placement after 3 weeks of PMPL. More info.

The twenty teams will be split into five groups, and each team will play four matches a day for a period of five days a week. Here are the teams and the group draw:

The groups look pretty balanced, with all the 'big names' spread across evenly, sprinkled in with some newer faces. It's going to be interesting to see Clutch Guerilla up against their former organization, TheFarang in group A, while Team Secret vs SEM9 (formerly Yoodo Gank) is always a spicy matchup. Group D and E are the only ones with non-Malaysian teams (Almighty SG and KHI Esports PH), so we'll definitely look out for their performances. Axis RedONE are last season's winners, so they definitely have a target on their backs this year.

The top 16 teams will move on to the Country Finals, where they will fight for a spot in PMPL SEA Championship Spring 2022 - but that is still a ways away from now. Make sure you catch the action live on Facebook and YouTube starting this Wednesday, 23 March, 6 PM (GMT+8) for the first weekend. The matches will also be shown on eGG Network, albeit delayed. You definitely don't want to miss out! Keep it locked onto eGG Network for more news and updates.

The second week of the Free Fire MCP Majors S3 concluded yesterday, with Blacklist International continuing its dominance of the league. Geek Fam dethrone them with a fantastic day 2 performance but on day 3, Blacklist reclaimed its spot. 34 points are what separates the two teams from each other. In third place, we have DOEASY, followed by Hard to Get, jumping up from 9th place the previous week! What an improvement from the Filipino squad.

With two more weekends to go, the results aren't set in stone just yet but the bottom third of the leaderboard will have to step up their game if they hope to make it to the finals weekend.

If you missed the action, check out the VODs for days 1-3 below, and be sure to catch the third weekend of the FF MCP Major S3 live on FacebookTikTok and YouTube starting this Friday, 25 March, 8 PM. More info.

EHOME (L-R from top) zeal, zzq, 7e, shiro, planet

Nicholas Lim, better known as zeal (named after the Zealot from Starcraft), is a 24-year-old Malaysian, currently playing in the offlane for the Chinese organization, EHOME. Despite Liquipedia stating he's a stand-in, Lim is a permanent member and has been one for the past four months. "I've been a permanent member since the start!" he clarified about his place on the team.

Lim recounted to me the story of how he ended up in EHOME last year. Unsure of what he wanted to do after graduating with a degree in computer science, zeal received an invitation from EHOME to play Dota 2 for them. “The deadline for the DPC (Dota Pro Circuit) registration was ending and they didn't have a lot of time to try out new players. They asked me, 'do you want to play with these four guys? They are young, around your age.' I took some time to consider their offer," zeal told me. Since he was interested in playing Dota 2 professionally, it was no surprise he said yes.

EHOME before zeal

Prior to accepting EHOME's offer, zeal had no experience playing with his current teammates. Shiro, 7e, planet and zzq were four rising stars that EHOME had signed for the new season after their previous roster parted. By happy chance, zeal fit right in with the guys and they went on to finish top four in the DPC CN 2021/2022 Tour 1. EHOME had a 4-3 score, with their losses handed to them by the big boys of the division: PSG.LGD, Team Aster and Royal Never Give Up (RNG). An impressive result for a somewhat new team.

I asked zeal what it was like to have to play against some of the best teams in the world. He responded, "they are more experienced so they have better in-game decisions than us. But it's kinda fun to play against them especially since I have friends on the opposite side." Just like EHOME, a handful of Chinese squads also field Malaysians in their roster. JT and Oli in Invictus Gaming, xNova in RNG, and NothingToSay in PSG.LGD. Going against them reminded him of the good old days back when he was a nobody competing in amateur Malaysian Dota tournaments.

zeal with Dota Hero teammates

"I used to go up against players like NothingToSay and he would always demolish me, so I escaped to the offlane, where I don’t have to see him for ten minutes!" zeal joked. In case you didn't know, Lim used to be a mid player but switched roles because he felt he couldn't be the best. He played mid in his earlier teams because none of his friends wanted the responsibility. Once he got to know better carry and mid players, he transitioned to the offlane where he found himself performing better. He believes he has much more potential as an offlaner than a mid player.

While it's a dream come true for zeal to play Dota 2 professionally, competing in China is a far cry from the events he used to compete in during his secondary school and college days. "In China, teams are much more structured. I had to learn to play Dota the same way. It was hard at first but after some time I got used to it." No longer was he playing for tiny prize pools or arbitrary titles, the Malaysian now represents one of the oldest organizations in the game's history.

From L-R: shady, Chidori~ , zeal, bun, Ghost
From L-R: bun , sync , umattbro, zeal , shady

It's also one of the reasons why a lot of Malaysians have moved to China to compete in Dota 2 professionally. "A lot of Malaysians play in China because of the infrastructure and tournaments. There are not enough organisations to back up new and younger players in Malaysia. Malaysian Chinese players can also communicate with Chinese players easily."

That being said, zeal still hasn't gone to China yet, and likely won't until May or June this year. Issues with visas (possibly due to the pandemic) have left most of the Malaysians playing remotely for the Chinese DPC this season. Fortunately, ping isn't a huge issue - playing from Malaysia through a VPN gets him about a 50 ping connection to China, sufficient for a game like Dota 2. He has seen a preview of EHOME boot camp and looks forward to going there someday. Until then, he'll be busy playing and training from Malaysia.

Lim's daily routine consists of 2-3 sets of scrims a day (best-of-twos) in the afternoon until night, with an hour break in between for dinner. When they run into problems with the game, they have lane practice against each other (sometimes before their scrims). After training, they are free to do what they want though they are encouraged to play solo rank to improve their mechanical skills. They get one day off (Sunday) for breaks and use it for additional practice when they have tournaments coming up. When he has some downtime, he unwinds by playing games like Monster Hunter, CS:GO, and Apex Legends casually. During busy periods, he doesn't touch other games at all.

Zeal used to stream his games on Twitch but stopped due to lack of motivation. Not having a strong following when he's the kind of person who thrives on viewer interaction felt depressing after a while. Perhaps one day he'll pick it up again.

Wrapping up the interview, I asked him a hypothetical question. If a huge organization came to Malaysia to start a new Dota 2 team and he got to play position 3, who would fill up the other slots? His answer: NothingToSay in the mid lane, MidOne for carry, and ah fu and Oli as supports. However, he mentioned that it probably won't happen.

"The thing about an all-Malaysian squad is - there are motivation issues. Everyone has different commitments and when you're based in Malaysia, everyone is more chilled and tend to do their own things. Everyone won't be pressured to improve and will stay in their comfort zone, which is why I believe that's one of the reasons why Malaysian teams haven't been thriving. Everyone is too comfortable with each other." What a bummer. Perhaps things could change in the future?

He also shared some advice for people interested in improving their offlane skills. "Watch good offlane players, not me, watch Faith_bian, Collapse and iceiceice (his favourite offlaners) - they have very unique hero pools and tend to take over games by themselves and they are cool people. Watch a ton of replays, play a lot, die a lot and try to get experience from dying to see how far you can go."

"If I have any fans, thanks for supporting and continuing to support me. I'll try my best to get into The International this year and hope everything goes well for me. Stay safe and stay healthy." To his haters, "I don't really care about the comments that people say though some of them can be really cruel. But I'm happy to be playing Dota professionally, and they're not!"

Catch zeal and EHOME in action in the DPC CN 2021/2022 Tour 2: Division I, happening now until 22 April, live on Twitch and YouTube. Keep up to date with the player on Twitter.

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