Although gaming and esports are generally seen as a “boy activity”, it’s always a welcoming sight to witness female gamers joining in the fun for fame and glory. The current wave of PUBG Mobile all-girl teams is led by Powerpuff Girls (or simply PPG), who are currently competing in the PUBG Mobile Professional League Malaysia/Singapore (PMPL MY/SG) Season 2 after placing third in the Singaporean qualifiers.
Here are the fierce females that represent PPG:
- Puteri Nurdinie Megat “Puteri” Abd Halim – IGL (in-game leader)
- Nurul “Faa” Farhana – Fragger
- Ar Syifa “Daisy” Zakaria – Scout
- Nabilah “Babybel” Baharuddin – Rusher
- Wong “Moyy” Sin Yee – Sniper
- Nur Athirah “Tearah” Binte Mohamed Affandi – Support
- Amirul Haqim “Juggernaut” bin Omar – Coach
- Ken Lu – Manager
“We feel honoured and overwhelmed to be the first ever all-female team to join PMPL MY/SG,” said scout Daisy, on behalf of the team. “To be honest, it still feels like a dream that we are competing with these full-time and experienced top players from Malaysia and Singapore.”
It’s expected that every team faces their own difficulties and challenges, but as an all-girls squad, the stakes are a little different for PPG. “As ladies, we want to prove that if we put our passion and mind into it, our gameplay and game sense can be as good as any other player out there,” Daisy confessed.
For the past year PPG have been together, the Malaysian-Singaporean hybrid group has been competing in multiple tournaments prior to PMPL MY/SG Season 2. They achieved top 5 spots in most of the online female-focused tournaments they participated in, and their first offline success was bagging second place in the Axis Ladies Tournament 2019. It’s no wonder they stood by each other for almost a year with zero roster changes.
Despite their competence, they had low expectations entering the Singaporean qualifiers of this season’s PMPL MY/SG, especially when they didn’t have a coach at the time. Fortunately right in the nick of time, their newly-joined coach Juggernaut managed to give them a crash course on refining their rotation and gameplay a day before match day, whilst improving intercommunication between the girls – they eventually reaped the sweet fruits of their labour and qualified for Regular Season. “After the qualifiers, we feel that as long as we put our mind into it and improve, we could do anything,” the scout player expressed.
True to her words, Daisy’s team has been training intensely with evening and midnight scrims, playing Classic together to improve chemistry, and adapting to the new point system. The latter also involves Juggernaut analysing the meta and coming up with the best strategies for PPG to maximise their point profits. “He has always motivated us to always have a positive mindset and keep trying, regardless of the outcome or challenge,” Daisy said. During their breaks, they enjoy spending time with family and friends, and recharge their batteries by resting and recuperating.
PPG have come a long way since their formation a year ago, with Babybel, Daisy and captain Puteri as the founders. “The idea of an all-female team conquering the esports scene intrigued us, which is why we decided to start our own ladies team and slowly climb up the ladder,” recalled Daisy. It took a while to complete the team and reach a certain level of consistency, with members scattered throughout Malaysia and Singapore and resorting to online communication, not to mention that they were selective in handpicking players so that each of them complements each other well.
However, we’re all human beings, and conflicts would occasionally arise between the ladies. It’s a big challenge for the PPG team captain, a role that Puteri took up when no one else would. “We’ve been through a lot to get here, so in the event of any misunderstanding, I will always try my best to resolve the matter and make sure everyone is on the same page and remain on good terms,” she said.
The familial bond is strong between its members, including Juggernaut and manager Ken Lu. “I feel honoured to be the manager of a professional all-female team like PPG,” Ken opened up, saying that he likes their synergy, understanding and respect for everyone in the squad. “I appreciate them for the opportunity to learn what is the true meaning of ‘girl power’”.
Be sure to follow Powerpuff Girls on Facebook for more updates on the team. Catch them in action in the final week of PMPL MY/SG S2 on PUBG Mobile FB from today (11 September) until Sunday (13 September).