Resurgence’s Kayzeepi and Geek Fam’s Xorn give us a glimpse into their minds before and after last weekend’s grand final match.
After last week’s exciting Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League MY/SG (MPL-MY/SG) Season 5 Grand Finals match between Resurgence and Geek Fam, where the former took out the Malaysian favorites 3-1, we had a chat with members from both teams to give us an insight into their squads and strategy. From Geek Fam, Mohamad Zul “Xorn” Hisham, the team’s multirole player; and Resurgence, Eugene “Kayzeepi” Kong Zhen Pang, the team’s captain.
What was the mood after knowing you made it to the grand finals? What was the team’s mood or mindset going into the last series of the day?
Xorn: My team and I felt very happy to have advanced to the grand finals. As for our mindset, we tried to maintain a positive attitude in the grand finals.
Kayzeepi: We were very happy after beating Orange clean but within 10 seconds we had reset our mentality and started discussing our strategy against Geekfam. We made sure everyone was familiar with what they needed to do, “what if?” scenarios, and so on. The team went all out for the last series. We told each other to stay focused and take it one game at a time.
Did you think it was going to be a close series?
Xorn: Yup, I feel that way because Resurgence is not a team that can be looked down upon.
Kayzeepi: Yes, definitely. We knew it was not going to be an easy final, especially because Geek Fam beat us 2-0 during the upper winner bracket finals.
Were you focused on your own strategies or countering your opponents? What do you think worked well against your opponent?
Xorn: We focused on our own strategies, so we would be able to commit to what we planned to do regardless of the situation. Rotations are the key to victory.
Kayzeepi: We did not have a detailed strategy or a strategy to counter them but our thought process at that point was to play at our best mentally, as it was the last series of the tournament. Evidently, it worked out for us in the end. We took the game one baby step at a time throughout the series.
Were you surprised by anything your opponents did?
Xorn: No, we weren’t surprised because we’ve studied our opponents’ gameplay closely in the past.
Kayzeepi: Yes. Their players are very flexible with their heroes at a very high gameplay level.
Was Game 4 won or lost at the draft? When did you know it was over?
Xorn: In my own view, the 4th game wasn’t about winning or losing at the draft. It was all because of the pressure we faced in the grand finals series. During the game, when we could no longer focus, that’s when I felt it was over.
Kayzeepi: Any draft can win any game. Draft definitely gives you a higher chance but we didn’t win the game through the draft. We won it through our focused gameplay, and good teamwork.
How do you feel about the decisions you and your team made in the Grand Final?
Xorn: We were a little aggrieved that we could not be champions for the second time, but at the same time, we were pleased with the outcome as it will motivate us for a stronger comeback.
Kayzeepi: I think it was very fast paced for both sides. Whichever side made the wrong decision first would lose the teamfight and eventually be behind in gold. We focused on overcoming this as players and as a team.
What’s the most important lesson you learned from the Playoffs/Grand Final?
Xorn: The lesson that I think is most important is that we need to learn how to control or manage stress, pressure, and emotions in the grand finals.
Kayzeepi: Staying focused, and adapting to the quick changes to the game’s meta is a very essential skill when playing competitively.
How has Covid-19/MCO/Circuit Breaker impacted the team’s training/performance? What changes did you guys make in your routine/schedule?
Xorn: For the Geek Fam team, nothing has changed for us because we’ve always been at or near the gaming house. Our training schedule stayed the same.
Kayzeepi: Usually, during the regular season we will meet up and play the game, and talk to each other, which would help to improve our team synergy. However, with the MCO (Movement Control Order) being implemented, we played at our individual homes and communicated through Discord, which meant we could only hear one person speaking at any point.
What’s next for the team?
Xorn: For our upcoming tournament, the team will come more prepared to win it!
Kayzeepi: I believe this tournament has strengthened us in not just our game skills. It also taught us that anything can happen during the playoffs. So, it is a good stepping stone on how we can do well against other teams internationally.
Anything you’d like to share with your fans?
Xorn: Geek Fam will continue training hard and will continue to be formidable rivals in our upcoming tournaments. As long as our supporters don’t give up on us and keep supporting us, we will also never give up trying to give our best in every tournament!
Kayzeepi: We would like to thank everybody who stuck with us and had faith in us to lift the trophy. We wouldn’t have the determination if it was not for you guys. As a representative of Resurgence, we are grateful to have your support.
The future remains bright for these two teams, and we’re sure they’ll cross paths again very soon. Many thanks to Resurgence Kayzeepi and Geek Fam Xorn for taking the time to participate in this interview. Stay tuned to eGG Network for more Mobile Legends: Bang Bang coverage!