Another bright star has joined the infinite cosmos - Chris Teng He Xun, founder and CEO of Flux Group, who lost his life last Tuesday (15 June) to a car accident. Though he left the world too young at 23, the impact he's made in the Malaysian - even Southeast Asian - esports scene is nothing short of outstanding.

Image credit: Flux Group FB

Chris was one of several early pioneers of the local esports industry. As one of the founders and co-directors of Flux Group with Eason E. Flux Group, he produced both live broadcasts and video content for a multitude of major esports events, including - but not limited to - the World Electronic Sports Game SEA (WESG SEA 2019), the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Malaysia and Singapore (MPL-MY/SG), and the MLBB World Championship 2019 (M1).

Here are some of the lives Chris has touched in his esports adventure:

Kenchi Yap

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) & Founder, IO Esports

Image credit: Kenchi Yap FB.

"I am deeply saddened to hear of Chris’s passing. He and I shared many rewarding years as a business partner and grew to become blood brothers. We often shared life stories and business ideas together. Whenever we faced difficulties, we always help each other to get back up on our feet, we would never allow either of us to fail. Chris was a talented and a humble young man; he changed my perception of the younger generation, inspiring me to do better. His dreams and ambitions are now a part of me, and I’ll continue fulfilling his dreams and legacies.

He’ll be deeply missed by my colleagues in IO Esports. We’ll miss his company, his voice and his bright smile. Rest well, my dear brother.

Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolence to his family and friends."

Eric Bong

Agri Mind

"My dear bro, there are too many things (in my mind) that I don't know what to say. What we've been through, no one will truly understand, from laying the carpet to setting up the whole event. When I know you're involved in any of my events, I know that I never need to worry about production.

From nobody to somebody, you've built up Flux Group from the ground up and achieved great success! I believe in your partner to continue your legacy, so don't worry, you can rest now. Can't believe that the last photo we took together, just the two of us, was in October 2018, that our last on-ground event WESG SEA 2019, and the last time we'll ever text each other is 8 June this year. No matter what, these memories will last forever be in my heart."

Muhammad "Flava" Farouq

Director of Communications, Malaysia Electronic Sports Federation (MESF)
Content creator, SEA Gamer Mall (SEAGM)

"To those who work in the esports industry, we've lost a kind soul who is loved by many. Chris Teng He Xun was not just an ordinary production director; he was kind, hardworking, and always puts up a smile. While others are basking in the spotlight on stage, Chris was sitting behind the scenes making magic happen behind a production board for people all around to enjoy his masterpiece. Never a day would I leave work without seeing him, and thank him for his team's hard work.

Take care, bro. You are missed and loved by many."

WESG SEA 2019.

Andriyana "ChuChu" Ghazali

Streamer/former esports caster

"I worked with him multiple times, sometimes when IO Esports collaborated with him. I've definitely met him in one of the events with him as the producer, and I never saw him not smiling, not even once. Even when things were hard and we encountered some problems, he still patiently tried to solve things, and always in a very calm manner; very easy-going, and very kind.

I remember whenever I joked around, funny or not, he will laugh at my jokes just because he is very considerate and a very nice person - he was genuinely one of the nicest person in esports I've met. It's really a shock and too soon for him to leave us so young. It's a wake up call and a reminder for all of us, to appreciate everyone, because we never know how much time we have left with that person, even ourselves."

Doing his part as a responsible citizen.

Clement “BleedSenpai” Hui

Business development director, Pantheon group

"I knew him back in 2015/2016 when he was studying. Super hard working, and traveled long distance daily just to get the experience needed to complete his job. A very humble person and never stopped smiling. He can now finally rest. My condolences to his family."

Matthew Chan

EVOS Esports

"Chris was one of the most hardworking person I've ever met, but that was not what made him stand apart from everyone else - it was his heart. No matter how busy, how crazy or hectic he was with his work, he would never turn down helping others. Everyone knows his signature smile and that was his attitude all the way, kind, humble and willing to help - that was Chris. He managed to inspire many with his attitude and his legacy will never be forgotten."

MPL-MY/SG Season 4.

Aaron "Qontra" Chan

Esports caster, EVOS Esports

"Every time I met Chris for a show, he usually comes up to me with a wide smile and attend to everyone's needs to run a perfect show. Despite how busy he was coordinating live broadcasts, he would never forget about his colleagues and personally checked up on us, hand us casters with essentials to keep us running through the long hurdle. He's truly a genuine individual who puts everyone first before himself. It saddens me that we won't be able to hear his laughter and see his wide smile, but we will always remember the joy he has brought to everyone around him."

Allan Phang

Regional Head of Marketing and PR, EVOS Esports

"I never got a chance to interact with him personally, but based on messages across the esports community, Malaysia and Southeast Asia's esports scene has definitely lost a young, talented and kind-hearted soul. My deepest condolences to his family, colleagues and friends.

Rest in peace, Chris Teng He Xun."

Chan Yang Tze

Producer, eGG Network

Ti9 qualifiers.

"Chris Teng was a very close friend of mine, as we worked on numerous projects together such as MPL MY/SG Season 3, The International 2019 (Ti9) SEA Qualifier, MPL MY/SG Season 4 and LEVEL UP KL 2019. He was humble, hardworking and passionate in what he does. Always a ball of sunshine that brings in a positive vibe and was willing to go the extra mile for anyone. We mourn for the loss of a kind and loving soul, may he rest in peace."

Jack Wong Jing Feng

Team manager, Team Whales

"I first met He Xun in the WESG Malaysia Qualifier in Sept 2018 at Quill City Mall KL, he was the head of production and I was an observer for the event. We continued working together a few times after that in other local esports events. He was very hardworking, talented, smart and handsome. To me, he is the perfect role model for '90s youngsters like me to learn from, a person that gave me a lot of opportunities in the early days of my esports career.

I simple can't describe my sadness for his loss, it's painful news. We recently talked about meeting up and he suddenly left. He Xun bro, I hope to meet you again in another lifetime. Rest well in the next world, you will always be remembered."

Lastly, from everyone at eGG Network, we'd like to express our deepest condolences to Chris Teng's family and friends. Though he's no longer in this world, his efforts and impact to the industry will be forever appreciated and never forgotten.

"I believe death is only a door. One closes, and another opens. If I were to imagine heaven, I would imagine a door opening."

Cloud Atlas

Their coach shared how, at 3-1 down, they came back from the dead to be crowned world champions.

Inside the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang World Championship (M1) player booths, you can barely hear the roar of the crowd. Although esports doesn’t involve as much perspiration as traditional sports, it still requires individual mechanical skill, a tactical approach, teamwork and intense focus and concentration to succeed at the highest level.

Less than two weeks ago, EVOS Legends, the reigning MPL-ID champion, stepped into their booth and exited it US$80,000 richer, claiming the inaugural M1 title in the process. We caught up with Bjorn “Zeys” Ong, the coach of EVOS Legends to pick his brain on the mental state of the team in this hotly-contested grand final.

Just 40 minutes after they defeated Todak 3-1 in the lower bracket final, EVOS Legends’ grand final opponents, Rex Regum Qeon (RRQ) were back on stage for a gruelling best-of-7 series. The odds seemed to be in the MPL-ID champions’ favour since they defeated RRQ 3-0 in the upper bracket final a day prior.

Despite Oura speaking earlier about having a slight mental advantage over RRQ, Bjorn admitted the players were still nervous as they walked into the booth.

I believe that if there are no nerves when approaching something, then it matters less to you.

Bjorn "Zeys" Ong, EVOS Legends' coach.

Perhaps that got the better of EVOS Legends in the first four games of the series. They lost Game 1 after a surprising draft with a last-pick of Zhask. They tied the series at 1-1 with a dominant performance but proceeded to lose the subsequent two games in an uncharacteristically tame fashion.

The last pick Zhask didn't work out for them.

Few imagined they would be on the brink of defeat. Zeys was reluctant to disclose the thought process behind their picks or bans in their disappointing performances during Games 1, 3 and 4.

“RRQ were playing well. It was a  mixture of mistakes on our end that cost us those games. The stakes were high and we operated differently,” Zeys explained diplomatically. In terms of RRQ’s strategy, they refused to give both Selena and Claude to EVOS Legends in the grand final, banning the assassin-mage in all seven games, and the highly-mobile marksman in the first six games, eventually picking him for themselves in the decider. Zeys did share that the pick rate for the two heroes were significantly lower across other MPL teams when compared to EVOS. “Selena and Claude are considered EVOS specials.”

On hindsight, Zeys revealed that he didn’t expect the series to go down the wire and be a full best-of-7. “I knew it would be a tough match, but it wasn’t our plan to play all seven games.”

“We’ve faced RRQ several times and that’s why they are one of the hardest opponents for us to challenge due to how accustomed they are to our playstyles and strengths.” Both teams have arguably been the most popular teams in Indonesia and have been archrivals since the competitive MLBB scene truly kicked off with the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup in 2017.

After four games, EVOS Legends were 3-1 down in the series and one game away from finishing second. These are the moments when players must dig deep and find the mental fortitude and composure to mount a comeback. In Zeys’ words, the stress made the grand final “a rollercoaster of emotions.”

“We had flashbacks to our training, where we spent months practising, and we dreaded ending the season in such a fashion. No doubt, morale was low in the booth and there were heated arguments.”

Nevertheless, months of intense training and a carefully conditioned mentality proved the catalyst in the 180-degree shift in EVOS’ performance after Game 4.

Source: MLBB ID Facebook page.

“We have experienced this before. These kinds of situations were why we practised to replicate the exact environment, and our training prepared us mentally. From Games 5-7, the team went back to fully trusting how I drafted and regained full faith in each other.”

“For me, that was how we turned the series around. Our mindset was to regard this as a typical day for us - it was a scrim back at our lovely gaming house with cats crawling on us.”

Lifting off the pressure by transporting them back to normal “training conditions” worked well for a team that emphasised enjoying themselves in every game. It placed them back on familiar ground and restored their confidence. Another unique EVOS Legends quality is how close-knit they are, not just between the players but across the organisation. A core component of Zeys’ coaching philosophy is for everyone to not only treat each other as colleagues, but more like family.

This group of players, many of them young (the average age of EVOS Legends at M1 was 22 years old), focus their energy on the same ambition. They live in a gaming house and rarely have the chance to visit their families due to a tight training regimen.

“This is why I believe the atmosphere a coach sets is crucial because it takes more than sheer hard work and clocking-in hours to build a winning time. People tend to overlook empathy which will get you through the toughest of times,” he said, explaining the need to build strong relationships within the team.

“My takeaway from M1 would be that unity won't crumble even in the toughest of times. The majority of people only speak with words. But here at EVOS, we do it with our actions.”

Source: MLBB ID Facebook page.

As Zeys looked back on the feat they accomplished, he gushed with pride when praising the performance of his players during the grand final. “From the players to the coaching staff, managers, bosses, family and fans, I would like to say thank you to everyone for achieving this together. Do continue to support EVOS Esports in MPL S5!”

EVOS Legends have come far in the 2019 MLBB esports calendar. In MPL-ID Season 3, they finished at a disappointing 7-8th place, consequently missing out on June’s MSC in Manila. However, they managed to put the failures of the first half of 2019 to bed with a strong end to the calendar year. They are now deservedly the strongest MLBB team in the world and have a  ravenous appetite to continue winning and sealing their name in the annals of esports history.

The MPL-Indonesia Season 5 Regular Season is tentatively scheduled to run from Feb 7 -  March 29, with the Playoffs planned for Apr 11 and 12. The dates are subject to change, so stay tuned for updates!

Fans of the Burmese team allege that Todak had cheated in the series which the Ghouls lost 2-0.

The second day of the MLBB World Championship playoffs saw EVOS Legends, RRQ and Todak secure top three placings while Burmese Ghouls were eliminated in fourth. 

Only three teams remain.

However, what was meant to be a celebratory post from Todak turned into a platform for heated debate as fans of the Myanmar outfit flocked to the Malaysian team's Facebook page, alleging that Todak had cheated.

Todak's celebratory FB post.

The two major allegations the Burmese Ghouls fans made were that Todak had first pick in both games of the series, and that there was a bug on Chang'e, played by Moonnnnn where it appeared that the hero had no cooldown for her ultimate ability. 

However, the comments took an ugly turn when fans of both teams started hurling insults at each other. There was vitriol from both Malaysian and Burmese MLBB fans, which unfortunately marred what should have been a great day for MLBB esports. 

Among the things we witnessed, Burmese Ghouls defeated MPL-PH champion Sunsparks, 10Second Gaming+ continued to win the hearts of MLBB fans across the world and EVOS Legends dominated the upper bracket final. Perhaps most notable was the home team Todak, who overcame the odds to knock out both 10Second Gaming+ and Burmese Ghouls in convincing 2-0 scores to set up a lower bracket final date with RRQ on the final day of M1. 

The bracket at the end of the second day of the Playoffs.

Thankfully, Burmese Ghouls were quick to respond to the allegations their fans made through a statement on their captain, IceIce's Facebook page

IceIce's statement regarding the Todak cheating allegations.

The message loosely translates to: 

I would like to say thank you so much again for supporting us through the whole tournament of M1 World Championship. I would like to request that everyone show respect to every single team we have faced. 

Here is the explanation for us having second pick in the second match: 
In the first match, Todak did choose first pick. But in the second match, we chose to have second pick. That’s the reason why Todak had first pick for both matches.

We will try harder than ever and will achieve greater success.

In a livestream, M1 caster, Ikuto, commented about Chang'e apparent cooldown bug. He clarified that there was indeed a bug, but it was a visual bug that only affected viewers. There was no bug with the cooldown of the hero's ultimate ability. 

Ikuto00 explaining that Chang'e's cooldown visual bug did not affect the game.

This conclusion was also corroborated by a Moonton official, on the condition of anonymity. The official confirmed that there was a Chang'e visual bug, but that it didn't have an adverse effect on the game. It was also certified that the Burmese Ghouls players didn't indicate there was foul play in their series against Todak.

Burmese Ghouls fans have shown tremendous support and passion for the team throughout their journey in M1. However, they perhaps went a little too far and jumped too quickly to conclusions. And neither should Todak's Malaysian fans have responded with insensitive words. 

An ugly side of the MLBB esports community reared its head tonight, but thankfully, Burmese Ghouls were equally sharp in addressing the issue. The Myanmar team showed great professionalism in their in-game conduct and they've proven themselves a role model for the gracious manner in which they faced tournament elimination and communicating with fans on a sensitive topic. 

They certainly deserve our respect and we hope to see more of the team in upcoming regional tournaments. 

Mad respect for Burmese Ghouls.

On the final day of the MLBB World Championship M1, the three remaining teams, EVOS Legends, RRQ and Todak will fight tooth and nail for the honour of being crowned the world's best MLBB team. Stay tuned to YouTube to catch the live stream or head over to Axiata Arena to watch the matches live and in-person.

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