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Sporting a brand-new haircut, Leixia from RSG MY, winner of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Malaysia Season 7 (MPL-MY S7) took some time off between training for the MLBB Southeast Asia Cup (MSC) 2021 to answer some questions about his team and their performance.

Before the grand final match, did you think Todak was going to beat Suhaz EVOS, or were you expecting to meet Todak for a rematch?

Leixia: We expected to meet Todak because they are more experienced in the game, and as you know, Todak is the best team in Malaysia.

Was the team confident that they were going to win the tournament at the start of the day?

Leixia: Yah, we were confident because we had the upper bracket advantage and the team was ready to fight whoever made it to the final.

From Game 4 onwards - Todak seemed to be very sloppy, making a lot of bad moves and unfavourable trades. Did you think losing the first two games and extending the series played a factor in your victory? Based on their gameplay did you think they were exhausted/drained?

Leixia: Perhaps they were mentally exhausted but we were already prepared to counter their playstyles, so we feel it wasn’t that big of a factor.

Zaraki, Logan, and Syno didn’t play in the playoffs or grand finals - was there a reason behind this decision?

Leixia: They wanted to play, but they decided to give the opportunity to the newer guys on the team. They also had a more suitable playstyle for the matches we were going to play.

How does the team make the decision of who gets to play or not?

Leixia: It is based on scrims and gameplay style. Syno has his own gameplay style and so does Kaizer, so based on our scrims, we change up our players for different game plans against different opponents.

What is Rush’s role in the team? Did he not want to play?

Leixia: Rush provides a lot of moral support from the outside, he analyzes the game and also coaches the team. He is important to the team. Rush didn’t want to play in the team. He still wants to play the game but only for fun.

Does Rush handle the drafting as well?

Leixia: Yes, he handles the drafting because he knows the players very well.

Is Rush very flexible when it comes to drafting? Or does he make all the final decisions?

Leixia: Basically, he’ll make his decision first to counter the enemy heroes. But sometimes he’ll give us two options for a pick to get our opinions.

RSG MY

MSC 2021 is starting next week - are you guys already training hard for the tournament or taking a break because MPL just ended?

Leixia: We aren’t taking a break because we want to go all out to make sure that our gameplay is on point for MSC. I’ll take a break after that.

How do you feel about the other regions’ playstyles? What are the main differences between each region and Malaysia?

Leixia: Malaysia and other regions have their own gameplay style, we can’t predict which draft and meta will be different from us.

Do you think RSG MY and Todak will do well in the tournament? Do you like your group? (they will be going against RSG SG in the same group)

Leixia: We'll take on any opponent presented to us. It’s going to be like a civil war!

Do the veterans of the team feel this victory is a new lease on life for their esports careers? Which other ‘old’ players would they love to see returning to the competitive scene?

Leixia: They would like to remain in the competitive scene, but due to life commitments and their skill level compared to newer players, it makes it hard to do so. They feel like the newer younger players have much better skills, but they would definitely like to continue playing as long as they can. As for retired players, I think Soloz and Fredo should come back to the ML competitive scene!

What is the team going to do with the MPL-MY prize money?

Leixia: We’re going to give to our family first, and the rest we’ll keep for the future.

Lastly, anything to say to the fans?

Leixia: I would like to say, thank you from the bottom of my heart. The ones who supported us from nothing to something and never gave up on us. Thank you for the positive comments that have helped us to move on further and hope you guys keep supporting us to the end. RSG is love!


RSG MY and Todak will be representing Malaysia at MSC 2021 next week, be sure to catch all the action live on eGG Network TV from 7-13 June. You can also watch the matches on Facebook and YouTube. Follow eGG Network for more news and updates on the tournament!

After eight long weeks of Regular Season and an intense 3-day Playoffs with an exhausting best-of-7 grand final, we now have our Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Malaysia Season 7 champion!

Congratulations to RSG for winning their second MPL title! While the squad isn't the same (season 5 was RSG SG), they carry the same banner with pride. Kudos to Rush and co: the veterans on the team for not giving up after all these years - they finally get their time in the champion's spotlight.

Here's how the Grand Finals went down:

Game 1

RSG MY drafted a stronger late-game lineup, while Todak drafted a burst-heavy team that was better in the early game. Todak had an explosive start that snowballed them into the mid-game, securing pick off after pick off without any punishment from RSG MY. RSG MY managed to stem the bleeding for a bit but lost the Lord to Todak just before 15 minutes. With the Lord, Todak methodically marched into their opponents' base to end the game.

Game 2

Todak kept up the same strategy of banning Lolealz's Alice and picking up Claude for themselves. Both teams traded blows in the early game with Todak getting away with kills while RSG secured the early Turtles. When it came to the midgame, Todak out-maneuvered RSG MY by constantly forcing them into disadvantageous fights. This gave Ciku enough space to secure a solo Lord, and with their massive gold lead, Todak easily invaded and destroyed RSG MY's base. RSG MY's cores just never came online in time to defend against the assault.

Game 3

Game 2's defeat seems to have woken up RSG MY, they played like a rejuvenated team taking control of the game right from the beginning thanks to Lolealz's Harith. In the midgame, Todak had no answers to Leixia's Lancelot who secured countess kills for his team, only managing to shut him down for the first time at 13 minutes when they had already lost 2 inhibitors. A couple more team fights and a secured Lord was enough for RSG MY to grab their first win of this series.

Game 4

Another explosive start to kick things off, with RSG MY getting the early lead off Leixia's Lancelot and Lolealz's disruptive play on Esmerelda. Todak seemed lost and unable to strike back, losing fight after fight with no signs of life. In the late game, Todak's cores never managed to turn the tides and RSG MY proceeded to clinically finish out the game. Both teams are now tied at 2-2.

Game 5

Todak looked good in the early game, but RSG MY managed to remain calm and composed and slowly pulled the game back in their favour. Despite Todak securing the first Lord, it wasn't enough to make a successful push into RSG MY's base. RSG MY's first Lord did a lot more work, giving them the resources they needed to decimate Todak's towers. Shortly after that, they pulled the match in their favour, 3-2. RSG MY are one game away from winning the title.

Game 6

Todak maintained the same Alice ban again like they've done all day, but RSG MY pulled out a surprise Zhask pick for Lolealz. The game started off on even footing again though exhaustion seemed to be setting in for the defending champions, Todak. Sloppy executions and poor decisions gave away plenty of kills and gold to RSG MY who secured the first inhibitor of the game. Todak couldn't put up much of a fight after that and conceded the game a couple of team fights later. RSG MY take the series 4-2.

Post-game interview

Speaking at the post-game interview, the members of RSG MY had some interesting things to say.

Lolealz (after winning the Grand Finals MVP award) on his favourite burger since he won a year's supply: Either the McChicken or Sumo burger for me!

Rush on which team was the most difficult to play against: Todak was the hardest to play against because of their unpredictability when it came to drafts, and 4Meyz was the most troublesome player.

Rush on Todak banning Alice against them every game: We expected the Alice bans every game and had many back up picks prepared.

Logan on winning the MPL Championship after so long, and any message to their doubters: They are extremely happy with the victory, and joked that when he and Rush didn't play they finally managed to win. No words to their doubters.

Rush on teams they are looking forward to face at MSC: We look forward to facing EVOS ID. We want to beat them because they've been a powerhouse for so long.

Team Manager on the biggest challenges: They had issues bringing Lolealz and Izanami into West Malaysia for this season of MPL (they're originally from Sabah) due to the pandemic and they thought they wouldn't be able to play together in the teamhouse.


Well played to both teams for going all the way to the MPL-MY S7 grand finals, but there could only be one victor. Look forward to catching RSG MY at the MLBB Southeast Asia Cup (MSC)!

Knocking everyone’s socks off with a fantastic ending is one of the greatest pleasures that professional esports players can experience, one which RSG MY had the fortune of savouring in the PMPL MY/SG Season 3 (PUBG Mobile Professional League Malaysia/Singapore). 

Despite placing 14th in League Season, the Malaysian PUBG Mobile team blew fans away when they snagged the championship title, proving that they are worthy of representing their country in the upcoming regional PMPL SEA Championship 2021 (previously known as PMPL SEA Finals).

(Clockwise from top left) BadMaN, Vokey, ChillReX, Kim, our writer and SmallBoY.

Seanjev Tan “BadMaN” Jian Rhen - IGL/Support
Alexis Aw “SmallBoY” Chee Loong - Fragger/Rusher
Muhammad Imran “Vokey” bin Rosli - Scouter
Amirol Hakiem “Kim” bin Sabaruddin - Support
Churchill Ensir “ChillReX” Anak Tampler Salang - Support/Coach

Manager

Aiman Wafiy “N4STY” Roslan

Team manager N4STY.

"We expected to only get a top 5 spot, but getting the championship title was like ‘wow'", said Kim, who also earned the title as Finals MVP by raking in a whopping total of 40 kills in the three-day finale. RSG MY were particularly speechless when they came out on top, especially after their performance during League Season.

“I guess I made some wrong calls around the late game (during League),” captain BadMaN recalled, exemplifying the times they played too aggressively at the wrong times as one of several instances. “When we realised our mistake, we changed a few things, worked it out together, and now, here we are.” 

Whatever RSG MY’s winning formula is (“There’s too many to list down,” said ChillRex), you can expect the boys in white and blue to put it to good use once again in the next PMPL SEA Championship 2021, albeit with a few tweaks. “There are a few things that the SEA Championship teams will do at a more advanced level, like their aggressiveness,” said BadMaN, with Kim adding that they’ll be more systematic in their approach in the regional tournament. “We’ll play it smart and simple.”

Even Vokey will be levelling up himself to perform better in the SEA Championship, by finally converting his playstyle to use gyroscope aiming (physically angling his phone to aim instead of thumbs). “During PMPL MY/SG, there were fewer close encounter battles than before, with a lot of players killing from afar. So, I want to improve my long-distance combat with gyroscope.”

Meet RSG.CaramelOP, the team's mascot and "secret weapon".

Prior to PMPL MY/SG Season 3, RSG MY had a roster refresh that saw IronPRO and Y2K leaving, whilst filling in the gaps with former PUBG PC pro players ChillReX and BadMaN. “We basically started from zero when we assembled the new team,” the coach explained, saying that the current lineup of RSG MY is their most balanced yet. “Everyone is good at their own role,” so they can easily adapt both aggressive and defensive play styles.

What makes RSG MY stand out from other Malaysian finalists (aside from being champions, as Vokey cheekily pointed out), is that they’re extremely methodical. “Everything we do, we must follow our SOP (standard operating procedure, a.k.a game plan),” SmallBoY revealed, saying that they must adhere to every single step without missing a beat to win the game. “So if you see RSG MY not doing well, it means we didn’t stick to our SOP.”

Even so, RSG MY respects Geek Fam and Dingoz MPX. “We expect them to play (in PMPL SEA Championship 2021) the way they did for PMPL MY/SG, but better,” SmallBoY expressed. “They still have time to polish their strategies or work out any gameplay they’re missing, so I think they’ll play with full confidence. Even though we’re enemies in-game, all of us will be bringing the same country flag to the next stage.”

You can follow RSG MY on Facebook and Instagram to stay-in-the-know.

PMPL SEA Championship 2021 begins 21 May, with 16 of the best PUBG Mobile professional squads in Southeast Asia battling for bragging rights as the best team in the region.

If you're a fan of the Call of Duty: Mobile esports scene, then the COD Mobile Garena Invitational (CGI 2021) is one tournament that would be deemed too sinful to miss. The CGI 2021 will be pitting the top eight teams across six regions - Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau - to battle for bragging rights as the best COD Mobile professional team in the Asian region.

Here are the eight teams that will be competing in the COD Mobile tournament:

CGI 2021 is divided into two stages: the Group Stage and Elimination Stage. The former will run for two weeks every Fridays to Sundays (19 - 21 March and 26 - 28 March), with all eight teams battling in a round-robin format; three games will be played in every match.

Then, the top six squads will progress to the two-day Elimination Stage (3 - 4 April), switching to a double-elimination and best-of-five format. The top two teams will be slotted into the upper bracket, with the remaining teams moved to the lower bracket.

Catch CGI 2021 tonight at 7PM (GMT +8) LIVE on the official COD Mobile Facebook and YouTube pages. The event schedule and information will be available on the aforementioned pages, as well as Instagram.

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'Tis the season of joy, and we're here to remind you about the Fight For Love Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Charity Showmatch taking place next week, on 19th December. Featuring some of Singapore's hottest talents, as well as their best teams (who will be representing the country at M2), Fight For Love is Moonton's way of giving back to the community. If you're asking how - for every peak viewer milestone they hit, the amount donated to Club Rainbow will be increased. So if you're keen on helping out the less fortunate, tune in to the stream on as many devices as possible, get your friends and family to watch the event as well, heck get your enemies in - it's all for a greater cause.

The day-long event will feature a mix of regular matches and special game modes such as "protect the captain" and one more that is yet to be revealed. For the first set of show matches, we will have RSG and Kingsmen, while the second set will feature Team Aiman and Team Jianhao - teams led by respective members of Night Owl Cinematics and filled up with players from RSG and EVOS SG.

Besides increasing the amount donated to charity, viewers will stand a chance to win exclusive in-game rewards throughout the day - all they have to do is stay tuned to the livestream and follow the instructions.

It's going to be a whole day of fun and games, with matchups that you won't get to see on any given day. How well will the pro players mesh with influencers? Will we see a new Singaporean team on the rise? Only one way to find out. Make sure you point your web browsers to: Facebook or YouTube on 19th December.

Stay tuned to eGG Network for all the latest news and updates on MLBB!

2020 sure has flown by in the blink of an eye - we can't believe it's December already! Best month of the year, of course, and also the month where people like giving more than receiving. To celebrate Mobile Legends: Bang Bang hitting 1 billion downloads, Moonton and Club Rainbow Singapore, a non-profit that benefits children with chronic illnesses and their families; have announced the 2020 Singapore Christmas Charity Showmatch.

Taking place on 19 December, it will consist of two matches - the first one between RSG (MPL-MY/SG S5 winners) and KINGSMEN (PVP Esports Champions SG), and the second one will have influencers going head to head - Team Jian Hao vs Team Aiman Haikal (who have donated SGD 3,000 respectively, to Club Rainbow for this event).

In addition to regular matches, there will be a new game mode called "Protect the Captain", which should be interesting to watch - teams will have to make sure their captains don't accumulate 8 deaths. With every 2 deaths, a mid lane tower will be destroyed, and eventually the nexus when there are no more towers left!

Moonton also announced that its latest in-game event "Blazing West" is going on right now - if you haven't launched the game for a while, this might be a good chance to go back. Make sure you log in on 12 December to claim the new hero, Mathilda!

Don't forget to tune in to Facebook or YouTube to catch the Charity Showmatch, 4 PM (GMT +8) 19 December.

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