Resurgence defeat Burmese Ghouls to book MPLI grand final spot against RRQ
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Resurgence defeat Burmese Ghouls to book MPLI grand final spot against RRQ

Jul 05, 2020 Benedict Tan  

Three teams remained as the MPL Invitational 4 Nation Cup (MPLI) 2020 entered the final day of the Playoffs: MPL-ID champions RRQ, MPL-MY/SG champions Resurgence and MPL-MM champions Burmese Ghouls.

The opening series was the lower bracket final between Resurgence and Burmese Ghouls. The sides met earlier on Day 1 with the Singaporean outfit triumphing 2-0. However, the champions of Myanmar had overcome difficult odds on Day 2, eliminating both Geek Fam and EVOS Legends in the lower bracket.

Game 1: Resurgence win

Resurgence established an early lead with an aggressive line-up including Esmeralda, Lou Yi and Roger. Burmese Ghouls, on the other hand, opted for durability by securing both Uranus and Baxia, with Ace’s Hayabusa being their main damage dealer.

As the game entered its midpoint, both teams’ power levels were relatively even despite Resurgence having the gold lead. Teamfights were extended affairs which ultimately played to Resurgence’s strength in positioning and decision-making.

With Resurgence pulling slightly ahead after each teamfight victory, they finally took the game after 17 minutes.

Game 2: Burmese Ghouls win

With their tournament lives on the line, Burmese Ghouls opted to completely switch up their draft, picking four different heroes from Game 1. It was a more traditional hyper carry line-up built around Ace’s Karrie.

From a variety of viewpoints, it was a risky move, as Resurgence have been known to be aggressors in the early game, capable of punishing greedy teams. In fact, Burmese Ghouls had earlier lost 7-31 to Resurgence when they drafted Karrie on Day 1.

Jason’s Flameshot Turtle steal in the 9th minute.

Nevertheless, history did not repeat itself. Kudos to Burmese Ghouls to stay in the game despite losing both red buffs at the start of the game and losing a Turtle to Jason’s Flameshot.

Game 3: Resurgence win

With the series in the balance, both teams approached the final game cautiously, opting for Marksmen like Bruno (BG) and Granger (RSG), rather than Assassins of the current meta.

The start followed the script of the other two games with Resurgence once again leading the game and Burmese Ghouls hanging on. However, Resurgence made fewer mistakes and had a better late-game composition. Sana’s Kaja was instrumental in causing havoc and making key pickoffs, with Jason’s Pharsa dealing an insane amount of damage.

Despite Burmese Ghouls valiant defense, the MPL-MY/SG champions were too clean in their teamfight execution, methodically taking down key objectives until they secured victory after 18 minutes.

With this victory, Resurgence book another date with MPL-ID Season 5 champions RRQ, a team to whom they lost in the upper bracket final to be played later today.


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