Team Secret: Refining their secret formula for PMPL SEA Finals
The PMPL MY/SG 2020 champions aren’t letting their guard down until they’ve fried bigger fishes in the SEA.
Despite representing one of the world’s most renowned esports organisations, it’s no small feat for Team Secret PUBG Mobile to emerge as champions of the PUBG Mobile Professional League Malaysia/Singapore (PMPL MY/SG) Spring Split 2020 Grand Finals. Throughout the tournament, the team scored four Winner Winner Chicken Dinners (WWCD) and 138 kills (the tournament’s highest) - impressive for a roster that hasn't been together for too long. Needless to say, the 4-player esports team have grown together substantially since their first-ever competition.
“Our team chemistry - which includes intercommunication and coordination - has definitely improved a lot,” said captain Kow "BiuBiu" Jiunn Jie, crediting their growth to the high intensity tournament-level matches they experienced during PMPL MY/SG 2020.
Even their team manager, Partibhan “OnTheGo” Petchiappan, echoes his sentiments. “Overall, everybody improved a lot through the competition,” citing BiuBiu’s improved communication skills, MADTOI’s confidence as in-game leader, IShotz’s “tremendously improved close-range combat” (the sniper was even awarded the MVP title), and even Uhigh’s maturity to be a more tactical “killing machine”, as personal growths of each member. And figuratively hoisting the PMPL MY/SG 2020 trophy is proof of the arduous journey they’ve undergone.
“Winning the Grand Finals is our favourite moment of the tournament,” said BiuBiu with a laugh, as the rest agree unanimously. Raymond Tan "IShotz" Boon Sheng recalled drinking a celebratory cup of Milo right after the results were announced. “We couldn’t believe it at first, and we started screaming when we found out we finally won,” the sniper said, a hint of smile in his tone. Due to the restricted movement order imposed by Thailand and Malaysia, they couldn’t celebrate together just yet, minus the celebratory phone call between them.
On the bright side, although they were competing in their respective homes - with MADTOI back in Thailand - and could only communicate with each other online, BiuBiu said the arrangement actually made things easier for them. “We’re playing in an environment that we’re used to, not to mention that we’re more familiar with our gaming devices and settings.” And if they had any technical issues, they could always request for a rematch. “The main problem is the network connection, which goes bad sometimes,” Aekachai "MADTOI" Areesanan chimed in, saying that he had to be more cautious and aware of his teammates and enemy teams in case the internet connection went down.
While Team Secret PUBG Mobile has a little head start in adapting to the online format of competing in a high stakes tournament, their preparation for the PMPL SEA Finals Spring Split 2020 is hardly complete. “We’re not the best team yet, so we still have a lot to work on to go up against other teams,” said BiuBiu, adding that they’ll continue training and scrimming until the SEA Finals to improve their consistency. “We want to make sure we don’t get eliminated too soon - sometimes after we win a WWCD, we get knocked out early in the next match.”
The lineup of the PMPL SEA Finals proves to be Team Secret’s biggest challenge yet, with the region’s best PUBG Mobile teams facing off against one another, most notably Indonesia’s Bigetron RA and Thailand’s RRQ Athena and ILLUMINATE The Murder. “They’ve won many major tournaments, so they are very strong teams that we look forward to facing,” BiuBiu said, due to the opposition's stronger team chemistry. But, according to OnTheGo, Malaysia’s representatives (Yoodo Gank, Bigetron AROV and, of course, Team Secret) will still do fairly well in the competition.
“All Malaysian teams are strong, because of how much hard work they put into their training,” the PMPL MY/SG 2020 caster opined, elaborating that each of them have their own strengths. “Yoodo Gank likes to play outside the circle, and Bigetron AROV’s Rocky is super strong. Team Secret’s secret formula lies in their players’ understanding of each country team’s preferred play styles. While Uhigh is more attuned to the Malaysian scene, BiuBiu and MADTOI are more familiar with the SEA play style. “As long as we can adapt, then we’ll be okay.”
And finally, to all the fans, BiuBiu expressed with gratitude, “Thank you for the love and support you’ve given us. We hope you continue to support us so we can do our best.”