These teams may be sitting at the top of the standings, but how they’ve largely used different means to get there.
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 four weeks of MPL-Indonesia, the league is shaping up. Topping the standings are Bigetron Alpha and RRQ Hoshi, with both teams boasting impressive 6-1 win-loss records. Propping the teams up are Genflix Aerowolf and Geek Fam.
Both Bigetron Alpha and RRQ Hoshi have shown versatility in their drafts. Both teams have picked 30 unique heroes across the 16 games they’ve played. Nevertheless, both teams have reached the top of the standings through distinct means. Here’s a breakdown of their most picked heroes at the midpoint of the Regular Season.
RRQ Hoshi has been consistently playing at a level above most teams. Finishing second at both MPL-ID Season 4 and the inaugural M1, they have continued to hot streak. Especially with defending champions EVOS Legends floundering, they have a real opportunity to topple their arch-nemesis.
Carmilla has been RRQ’s favourite hero, with LJ playing her four times, R7 twice, and Lemon once. The team has a combined 86% win rate on the hero, proving that they can reliably play her in different line-ups and team compositions. Khufra, Uranus and Valir are tied at four picks each.
In contrast to Bigetron’s top picks, it appears that RRQ values Tank heroes above damage dealers. Furthermore, all three heroes are great in teamfights and have good catch or crowd control. They have the highest kills per game in the league. Despite being at the top of the table, RRQ’s team stats haven’t been the most stellar (barring their high kills per game).
Nevertheless, they get the job done. Their wide and consistent hero pool shows an impressive breadth that teams should fear.
Bigetron Alpha has been a revelation this season, only losing to an equally red-hot RRQ Hoshi. A key ingredient to their success has been their Marksman, Branz. His Granger has been outstanding and helped to earn him the title of MVP of the Week for the first two weeks of the Regular Season.
Branz has been the face of Bigetron’s success but surprisingly, didn’t opt for Granger against RRQ Hoshi despite the hero not banned. Warlord, on the other hand, is the only player to maintain a 100% win rate in the league. However, Warlord’s hero pool is small, having only played three heroes: Alice, Harith and Lunox. He did not feature against RRQ Hoshi in week 4 and things might have turned out differently if he did.
However, credit where credit is due, Kyy is probably an unsung hero of the team. The Tank/Support player has been a rock of stability for the team, creating tonnes of chances. His most successful heroes are Kaja (7 games played, 100% win rate) and Diggie (5 games played, 60% wins).
MLBB is a team game, and for all Branz’s killing prowess, those opportunities don’t just create themselves. On Kaja, Kyy has a 67% kill participation rate, whereas on Diggie, he has a staggering 78% kill participation rate. Averaging 9 assists per game, he is tied with Vynn as second in the league in terms of the player with the most assists.
In week 5’s matches, Bigetron Alpha have only a series to play against Alter Ego, whereas RRQ Hoshi will face bottom table Genflix Aerowolf and Geek Fam. They have the chance to further extend their lead at the top of the standings.
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