The eight-week Regular Season has ended, signifying a two-week break before the Playoffs on 10-12 April.
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After eight grueling weeks of competition, we finally have our top six MPL Indonesia teams who will advance to the Season 5 playoffs! On top of the charts, we have RRQ.Hoshi and Bigetron Alpha who will move directly to the second round of the upper bracket. Despite ending the regular with the exact same match win-loss and games differential record, RRQ claimed first place because they have a superior head-to-head record against Bigetron Alpha.
This leaves defending champions EVOS Legends to face off against Genflix Aerowolf and Alter Ego (AE) versus ONIC E-sports.
The first game of the Playoffs will be Alter Ego vs ONIC. AE have shown consistency throughout the season. They started off well but did struggle to adapt to the better teams towards the second half of the season. However, they should be feeling confident after their latest 2- 0 trouncing over MPL Season 4 and M1 champions, EVOS Legends.
ONIC, on the other hand, has not been as consistent and are a far cry from the performance which earned them the MSC 2019 title. Seemingly on a rough patch, ONIC have been quick to make roster changes since the Season 5 but have thus far failed to stamp their unique mark on the league. There are rumours that Udil might return to the line-up on the big stage and that would be a pleasant surprise. It might be the star power the squad needs break their streak of mediocre showings. Nevertheless, based on form, I would say that the odds are in Alter Ego’s favour.
Related: ONIC wins MSC 2019.
The second match of the day will be between EVOS Legends and struggling Genflix Aerowolf. Aerowolf nearly missed a playoffs spot by losing both of their matches in the final week, just edging Aura with one more series won. They have shown promise at various stages of the season but bad decision-making at crucial moments have resulted in losses. They have talent but lack experience, but when they do click as a team, they are a beauty to watch. Let’s hope these two weeks of preparation before the Playoffs will be used wisely.
EVOS Legends need no introduction but their form has been questionable. It is not a stretch to say that EVOS, RRQ, and Bigetron Alpha are on a different level compared to the rest of the league. The bigger question for the defending champions is whether the losses they suffered during the regular season has taught them enough to win the title back-to-back. It is difficult to state unequivocally that EVOS are holding their cards close to their chest. Losses in the season can be attributed to role swaps, experimentation, and perhaps bad drafting. It could be part of coach Zeys’ calculation, hence I am confident in the White Lions’ capabilities to take down the Wolves.
After the first round of matches, I would like to see Alter Ego go up against Bigetron Alpha once more because Alter Ego forces Bigetron Alpha to play more proactively. This makes for more cross-map plays and increases the likelihood of some heart-pounding action.
As for potential a potential grand finals match, I’m hoping that it will be another RRQ versus EVOS slugfest. A repeat of the M1 grand finals where RRQ were soundly beaten? Considering RRQ’s red-hot form this season, who would not want to see them exact their revenge over their arch nemesis?
This is a guest post and the views expressed here are the author’s own. GideonQ is a caster and analyst for MPL-MY/SG Season 5.
eGG Network will be showing MPL-ID Season 5 from Fridays to Sundays! Visit www.egg.network to check out the daily schedule as the Playoffs will take place on 10-12 April 2020.