MPL-MY/SG: Resurgence’s road to redemption
After finishing third at MPL-MY/SG S4, the organisation revamped its squad and so far, the players have delivered.
After two weeks of MPL-MY/SG action, Resurgence's star has been the brightest. The Singapore squad has an impeccable 3-match win streak without even dropping a single game. They are 6-0 in terms of games played and clocked Season 5’s quickest match, ending their second game against Siren Clan in 7 minutes 27 seconds!
Eugene “Kayzeepi” Kong, Resurgence’s captain, expressed satisfaction at his team’s current performance. “The results so far have been within our expectations because we’ve been practising and encouraging one another when the going gets tough.”
The going has indeed been tough for this group of players. SynC, ly4ly4ly4 and Jason were part of IDNS SG, who won the inaugural season of MPL-MY/SG. However, since then, their performance has suffered.
Last season, SynC decided to take a break from the competitive scene to focus on livestreaming. Ly4ly4ly4 and Jason qualified for the Regular Season but failed to make it into the Playoffs, finished 9th – a far cry from their Season 1 glory days. But the darkness is beginning to pass. Kayzeepi, Jason, ly4ly4ly4, Sana and SynC were part of Season 3’s Bigetron SG team which finished a respectable third.
Surveying the results over the past few seasons, Kayzeepi shared that they’ve seen a marked improvement this season because “each of us have grown as team players because we’ve been exposed to a variety of leadership styles while on different teams. Additionally, none of us are serving in the Singapore National Service (NS) anymore, so we have more time to work on our craft now.”
Resurgence has indeed been working on their craft. In touch in the meta, they’ve been a frequent user of the Flameshot Battle Spell to devastating effect. Artha, captain of Team SMG remarked that the Battle Spell is overpowered, but Kayzeepi is more conservative in his evaluation. “In my opinion, some teams might actually disagree and say that the Battle Spell is not good at all. Every region has different strategies they think are good. At the end of the day, it depends on a team’s playstyle.” Flameshot has undoubtedly paid off for Resurgence’s hyper-aggressive strategies, who averages 11 minutes 45 seconds per game – the fastest time in the league.
Related: Flameshot is an issue.
Taking a break in the third week of the Regular Season, Resurgence next face Team SMG, who are also sitting on an impressive string of victories. However, Kayzeepi is unfazed about the opposition, saying that will approach each game with confidence, but never underestimate their opponents. “As a team, we are not nervous, but they are strong and we respect them a lot. We’ll try our best in every match and let our performance and stats do the talking.”
Despite the blue and white’s red-hot form, Season 4 grand finalist Todak did give them a run for their money in their week 2 match-up, taking the game to 20 minutes 31 seconds. Although Todak’s performance has nosedived since heroically claiming third at the MLBB World Championship, M1 in the Axiata Arena, they did put up a tough fight against the Singaporeans.
Kayzeepi coached Resurgence in Season 4 and is no stranger to the difficulty of adjusting to the meta and making sure that a team maximises its strength and weaknesses. “During my time as a coach, I felt that I can only do so much for the team in terms of preparing drafts and helping them improve their strategies. It can be quite nerve-wrecking if what we visualise doesn’t pan out.” Resting on one's laurels is never an option.
He did don the player mantle during the Playoffs, as he stood-in for Mr. Vi in their final series against EVOS SG.
For him, a coach and a player perform very different functions on a team. “I prefer being a player because I don’t feel stressed when the game is happening. That’s because I can work with my teammates to execute the exact plan I have in my mind.” Many things are out of the hands of a coach, and Kayzeepi’s presence in-game has certainly contributed to the high-flying team’s results. As a Tank/Support player, he averages 8.67 assists per game (APG), behind teammate Jason’s 10.17 APG and Xorn’s 9.71 APG.
The captain with a bubbly personality has played four heroes so far: Grock (twice), Valir (twice), Khufra (once) and Carmilla (once). However, he remains mum about the strongest heroes in the current competitive meta, pointing out that “each team has its own crucial heroes and we won’t reveal ours! You’ll have to stay tuned to our next game, see how we draft and play. Then perhaps fans and other teams can guess which heroes we truly value.”
One might say that Resurgence have had a relatively easy start to the season. Two of the teams they’ve faced are propping up the table in the elimination zone. However, they next face in-form Team SMG on 21 Mar (Saturday) and Geek Fam on 22 Mar (Sunday) to truly test their mettle. If they emerge unscathed, they would surely have built a strong case to be serious title contenders.
MPL-MY/SG is organised by eGG Network.