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RED Reborn is a team that almost didn't make it to the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Malaysia/Singapore (MPL-MY/SG) Season 6. Due to the squad losing its sponsorship after last season, they had to go through the open qualifier to play this season. Fortunately for the squad who pulled out all the stops to make it, they successfully qualified.

Since then, it's only getting better for them with the team showing that they haven't lost their edge since their 3rd place finish in Season 5. Top four of the group stage, and starting in the upper bracket of the playoffs; RED Reborn are back, fiercer than before, and ready to take it all the way to the top. We caught up with Hawkeye, coach and manager of the team, and asked him about his team's performance so far.

How does it feel to have made it to the upper bracket of MPL MYSG S6?

We actually targeted higher than what we achieved. We aimed for first place, but a lot of meta change and patch updates changed a lot, so the timing of the update wasn’t suitable for us, but it’s okay. Our players didn’t mind, but if they had time to study the changes first, then would be better. 

Who do you think was your toughest opponent so far, and why?

I think Resurgence, because we never won against Resurgence. Maybe we could’ve but we made some mistakes. Todak also we could’ve won against, but we also made a few mistakes.

What was the feeling like when you guys went against Orange Louvre and beat them 2-1? Are there any hard feelings?

We were satisfied, because we got to prove that we were the better team. No hard feelings with the players, no problem at all with them.

Which teams do you think are the strongest this season?

Resurgence, they should not be underestimated at all.

Is there a big difference between the Malaysian and Singaporean teams? In terms of strategy and playstyles?

I think, for now, Malaysia and Singapore teams have the same strategy, not like last time. In the previous season, Singapore's gameplay was much cleaner, now Malaysian teams are on par. There's been a noticeable improvement for all Malaysian teams.

Todak has been doing very well since their roster rebuild - why do you think that is so? Is it because there’s not enough data about the team to prepare for them?

Because this season they have made changes that I’m not sure of. Since Ikuto came into the team, Todak's synergy and energy have been different. They’re an entirely different team now. It's probably something that Ikuto contributed to.

RED is your new sponsor - how has it been working with them so far? What do they do to help out the team?

They gave us facilities and take care of us. We have a gaming house.

Lastly, any words for your fans?

Keep supporting us, pray for us to be champions of the Playoffs because we want to represent Malaysia in M2!


Stay tuned to eGG Network for more MPL-MY/SG S6 news and interviews! The MPL-MY/SG S6 playoffs will begin on 23rd October.

Updates to this story have been added below

After the conclusion of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Malaysia/Singapore Season 5 (MPL-MY/SG S5), people were left wondering about the fate of Orange Esports Reborn. Reborn (previously known as Saiyan Reborn) was sponsored up by Orange Esports earlier this year for MPL-MY/SG S5. They survived the qualifier gauntlet and finished at a respectable third place in the playoffs, losing to Resurgence SG, the team that would go on to win the whole tournament against Geek Fam.

Reborn at MPL-MY/SG S5

Based on a Facebook post by the team recently, it looks like not all is well - Reborn announced that they are no longer with Orange Esports, and as a result have lost their invitation to MPL-MY/SG S6. It seems that after their contract ended with Orange Esports, they couldn’t find common ground to work together. The team also claimed that their offer to work together with the organization being rejected.

Screenshot of the Facebook post
Translated to English

There were some questionable decisions made by the team and Orange, mentioned in the post - according to Reborn, they weren’t even officially signed to Orange for MPL-MY/SG S5 because of some mistakes in the contract that Orange refused to correct. This implies that they were playing under the Orange banner unsigned during S5. In the burgeoning world of esports with countless stories of players being on the losing end of deals, not having all the details worked out is never a good thing.

On the other hand, this post highlights an issue with the current MPL invitation system. As it stands, invitations are given to organizations instead of players, so when organizations decide to release rosters, players who earned the right to participate at the tournament are out of luck. To play in the upcoming MPL season, Reborn will have to go through the grind of open qualifiers and qualifiers to earn their spot again. Orange can just sign another squad to keep their spot in the league.

While this rule is in place to protect organizations from being taken advantage of by players, there’s nothing to protect players in a reverse situation (like what happened to Reborn).

Reborn

Esports teams aren’t like traditional sports organizations - where the popularity of a sports team comes from its legacy, and sometimes location (a lot of people support their home team just because). In esports, a lot of viewers will choose to follow players regardless of their team. With less physical barriers in place in the world of video games (thanks to the internet), players swapping teams is a matter of simply editing their in-game details. Some players have even created their own organizations to put their own interests first (OG, Team Nigma), instead of having to answer to upper management and investors.

Who should tournament organizers strive to protect? Players who do the heavy lifting of playing the game, or the companies that financially support players to do so?

At the end of the day, there's no perfect solution to the problem at hand, as we have learned from other scenes. For example in Dota 2, there was a point where invitations were given to players instead of organizations - this led to an imbalance in power dynamics, with all the negotiating power on the side of players instead of organizations. Companies had little incentive to sign teams since they could walk away at any time with no repercussion. However, the shift in power has been fluctuating to and fro. Game companies and tournament organizers are still trying to find that sweet spot.

At this time of writing, we’re unsure of how the situation will play out. We’ve reached out to both Reborn and Orange Esports for their comments and will update the article accordingly. If Reborn do compete in the open qualifier and make it to the regular season, you can be sure that matches between them and Orange are going to be a bloodbath. Grab your popcorn, it’s going to be an exciting season!


UPDATE 24/7

We spoke to the manager of Reborn and he had these points to add:

UPDATE 26/7

Orange Esports has not directly addressed the statement by Reborn, but the organization posted on Facebook their participation in MPL-MY/SG S6 with an unrevealed roster. They also published screenshots of emails from Moonton regarding the organization invitation to the tournament.

Source: Orange Esports Facebook

UPDATE 27/7

Reborn has qualified for MPL MY/SG S6 going through the opens - this is going to be spicy!

Alhamdulillah, jumpa di mpl season 6.Thanks kepada semua yang support kami dari bawah

Posted by Reborn on Ahad, 26 Julai 2020

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