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We were bamboozled! Just after 17 mere hours of mourning (I wasn't crying, you were) Asyam “Rex” Allam's departure from Team Secret MY, their Thailand sibling, Secret Jin, later revealed that the PUBG Mobile player has actually moved to join their team. Seems like a reverse-MADTOI kind of situation.

Underneath the two teams' rivalry on the battlefield of PMGC 2020 and PMPL SEA Finals Season 2, there's always been an unspoken bond between them, so it's not that hard to imagine Rex transitioning to the other squad, where he'd feel he can advance his pursuits further. This confirmation means that Rex will also be the first Malaysian PUBG Mobile player to compete in Thailand.

Team Secret x Secret Jin in Dubai, after PMGC 2020.

Rex will be joining the Secret Jin roster of KENGZO, GZ, TWOKAY and COSMOS, to compete in the Thailand league of PUBG Mobile esports. We wonder if Rex will be making his Secret Jin debut in PMPL Thailand Season 3...

Follow Secret Jin and Rex on Facebook for more updates on their conquest!

Another tough goodbye has dawned upon the PUBG Mobile squad of Team Secret, with Asyam “Rex” Allam leaving the team. The confirmation was announced by Team Secret on Facebook at 7PM today.

"I want to say thank you for the many things you taught me in the past few months," said Rex in a heartfelt video that was posted on the Team Secret PUBG Mobile Facebook group, presumably directed at the esports organisation and his cohorts. "Thank you for never giving up on me, (and) thank you for this big opportunity that not everyone can get easily."

It's been exactly 230 days (early July last year) since Rex joined the reputable Team Secret MY, one of the top Malaysian teams in the PUBG Mobile scene. When the then-four-man team were hosting tryouts for a new fifth member, they approached the PUBG Mobile prodigy after miracle boy Uhigh - who was impressed by Rex’s gameplay uploads on Instagram - suggested them to. Long story short, they clicked so well during scrims that they decided to enlist him.

“I still have a lot more to learn, but I’m glad and honoured to be part of a prestigious team like Team Secret and improve with them,” the humble youngling said back then.

Rex's first public appearance with Team Secret was in the PMWL 2020 East (PUBG Mobile World League Spring Split East Division Season Zero). Though they only placed 15th, Rex's next international appearance in PMGC 2020 (PUBG Mobile Global Championship Season Zero) was a huge step up, ending their run with seventh place in the Finals.

He also helped the team win their second PUBG Mobile Professional League Malaysia/Singapore (PMPL MY/SG) championship title, as well as sixth place in PMPL SEA Finals Season 2 which helped them qualify for PMGC.

"Thank you to fans who have been a part of our journey through ups and downs," Rex said, swallowing in between sentences. It's a tough pill for everyone to take in too, but no matter what, we know that the future remains bright and promising for Rex.

See you very soon, Rex! And thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

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JangS - An interview with the coach of Team Secret MY

Team Secret PUBG Mobile - Armed to the teeth for PMWL 2020

Earlier this week we had Geek Fam reaching out to the public to recruit a Wild Rift team, and now it looks like Team Secret are following suit. The organization posted on Instagram today that they are also looking for players to join their new Wild Rift squad.

It looks like they want a more international team, considering the English language requirement. There's no mention of other players who will be in the team but they will be giving an opportunity to younger kids since the minimum age is only 16.

If you meet the requirements and think you have what it takes, sign up here. Tryouts will be held on 23-24 January. Good luck with your application!

Stay tuned to eGG Network for more news and updates on Wild Rift.

The latest Super Weekend 3 of the PUBG Mobile Global Championship Season Zero (PMGC 2020) was an intriguing watch for fans, with its standings diverting from the pattern most of us were accustomed to bring a refreshing change of pace to the international PUBG Mobile tournament.

Super Weekend 3

The biggest takeaway was that for the first time ever, Konina Power (third runner-ups of EMEA League Finals) and Abrupt Slayers (PMPL South Asia champions) took the top 2 spots this Super Weekend, with the squads bagging three and two Chicken Dinners, respectively; the former even had the highest kill volume of 71. It'd be a crime to not point out that Klas Digital Athletics also snagged third place for the second time in a Super Weekend.

For world champions Bigetron RA, they settled for fourth this weekend, resuming the pattern they established last week when they got seventh place during League Play Week 3. But, that did little to diminish the Indonesian powerhouse's exceptional players, with fragger Ryzen winning the weekly MVP title a second time in a row.

It's also worth mentioning that Natus Vincere's debut in a Super Weekend proved to be fruitful, succeeding in appearing on the first page of the top 8 - an impressive feat for a team didn't qualify for any prior Super Weekends. If they perform equally well in Super Weekend 4, they just might make it to the top 16 and advance to the Grand Finals. The same couldn't be said for fellow "newcomers" DRS Gaming though, who got 11th.

Malaysians would be proud to know that their representatives, Team Secret, finally hit some of their stride this Super Weekend. They got one Winner Winner Chicken Dinner to show for it, and iShotz was listed as a top 5 fragger for the first day of Super Weekend 3. They remain a little inconsistent in their performance, with plenty of top 5 placements and equally as many "too soon" rounds, but it's still a step forward in climbing the ladder.

Overall standings

Despite their less-than-stunning performance in Super Weekend 3, Bigetron RA are still holding onto first place in the entire league with a 56-point lead ahead of second-placed Four Angry Men. Klas Digital Athletics' recent stellar gameplay moved them up to the third place, with Konina Power following suit at fourth. RRQ Athena held onto a seat in the top 5, thanks to their decent enough results over the weekend.

Catch the fourth and final League Play of PMGC 2020 tomorrow onwards (15 – 16 December) at 7PM (GMT +8) LIVE on eGG Network TV (CH800 for MY viewers), Twitch (English), Facebook (English|Malay) or YouTube (English|Malay).

For more news and updates on PMGC or PUBG Mobile, be sure to follow eGG Network on Facebook.

The Philippines is a honey pot for esports. Not only was it the home of the 2019 SEA Games, when esports was first featured as a medaled sport, but the archipelagic nation is also a flourishing habitat for the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang and TEKKEN 7 esports scene. It's no wonder that one of the worlds' most renowned esports organisation, Team Secret, is looking to place their footing in the Filipino esports ground.

"Tell me what team you want us to form in PH, and TAG A FRIEND in comments below to spread the word."

The above was hinted by Team Secret CEO, John Yao, in a post he shared in their newly-opened Facebook group, catered to fans in the Philippines. In it, he asked group members "what team you want us to form in PH", while requesting them to tag a friend in the comments below to spread the word. Whoever presumably gives the best suggestion will win a Team Secret Limited Edition x Champion Tee Drop.

This news wouldn't come as a huge surprise to those who've been religiously following Team Secret in their esports journey. Ever since their debut as an all-star Dota 2 team in 2014 (founded by none other than Clement “Puppey” Ivanov, Kuro Salehi “KuroKy” Takhasomi, Gustav “S4” Magnusson, Johan “N0tail” Sundstein, and Tal “Fly” Aizik), the international esports company have been dipping their toes in various esports titles throughout the years, including Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Rainbow Six Siege, Street Fighter V, TEKKEN 7 and PUBG Mobile, with two teams in Malaysia and Philippines for the mobile battle royale.

Team Secret Dota 2, 2015. (Image credit: Red Bull)

Team Secret PUBG Mobile began with the Malaysian team, when they signed up the prodigies of Genexsus - including Kow "BiuBiu" Jiunn Jie - as the organisation's first PUBG Mobile squad last year. Although none of the original members remain, with BiuBiu the last to leave earlier this month, Team Secret MY have never ceased to improve, evidenced by their two-time victories at PMPL MY/SG (PUBG Mobile Professional League Malaysia/Singapore).

In awe of Team Secret MY's success, the organisation later created Team Secret TH by taking in members of THE HiLL early this year. The Thai team's name was then changed to Secret Jin after they qualified for the PMPL SEA Finals Season 2, due to rules that dictate no two teams can represent the same organisation - now Jin's Coffee is the main stakeholder, hence the name. Their latest achievements include winning the last PMPL-TH (Thailand), not to mention that they qualified for PMGC 2020 (PUBG Mobile Global Championship) Season Zero after placing third in the SEA Finals.

If you want to be the first to know what esports squad will Team Secret form in the Philippines, or if you merely want to stay up to date on Team Secret news, be sure to join the Team Secret PH Facebook group or keep an eye out on eGG Network - we'll be sure to cover the news when it breaks!

Winning both Regular Season and Grand Finals of the PUBG Mobile Professional League Malaysia/Singapore (PMPL MY/SG) Season 2 is nothing short of impressive, a feat pulled off by none other than the talented and tenacious Team Secret MY. Even with the loss of Biubiu, their previous captain; MADTOI, iShotz, Uhigh and Rex have proven themselves as forces to be reckoned with after their amazing performance in their last PUBG Mobile championship.

Beyond the four-man strong squad, lies a ragtag crew who played a hand in their success as well. With manager/caster OnTheGo’s apparent popularity in the local PUBG Mobile community, we figured that we should also shed some light to the latest addition of crew: 22-year-old coach Muhammad Farhan “JangS” bin Abdul Gafar.

How do you feel about your team’s performance in PMPL MY/SG Season 2? What other feelings were you having when they won first place twice in League Season and the Grand Finals, while defending their championship title?

JangS: I’m really proud of them, knowing that they were working so hard to defend the title in PMPL Season 2. With the change in format and points allocation, everyone had to do their homework and adapt and understand the new format.

In PMPL, Team Secret MY had great momentum during League Season when compared to the Finals, which is why I knew they were definitely going to win. League is like a marathon, you can’t run too fast or slow and have to keep the momentum going; whereas in the Finals, it’s a sprint, you need to know your competition and abuse their weakness and turn that into your advantage. I don’t believe in luck or miracles, but I assured the boys that all their efforts will definitely pay off. 

Did the team do any experimentation during the tournament?

JangS: We didn’t really make a lot of changes or try anything new. We largely stuck to how we played in PMWL (PUBG Mobile World League) Season Zero and focused on fixing and reducing our mistakes in PMPL. 

What did you think of other competing teams of PMPL MY/SG S2? Who posed the most threat to Team Secret, and why?

JangS: I think this season is more challenging than the last. The Malaysian teams really stepped up their game and played really well. I told my team to just focus on their gameplay because it’s my job to understand and analyse other team's patterns.

Team SMG are an explosive team, even back when they were Bapak Ah Esports in Season 1. Once they get their momentum, they can shoot straight to the top, not to mention they have great mechanical skills (in terms of trading kills, how they approach fights, how they defend etc.). You simply can’t find one team that’s perfect in both offense and defense, but Team SMG seems to know both sides pretty well. 

PMPL MY/SG S2 is now in the past, and the next obstacle for Team Secret is the PMPL SEA Finals Season 2. Now that the stakes are higher, how would you be preparing the team for the regional tournament?

JangS: Right now, we are just playing scrims, understanding the other teams playing in the SEA Finals and finding our drop spot. Now is the time for observing, so we’re working on finding their weaknesses, which we can then apply in the tournament. Training has largely been the same - if there are no scrims, we’ll watch previous tournaments, analyse and discuss.

What would you say is Team Secret’s biggest weakness, in terms of attitude, gameplay, or (jokingly) specific players?

JangS: I feel that as humans, no one is a perfect 10. Team Secret’s attitude is great, and so is our gameplay. But, one mistake that happens often, is when we’re pumped with adrenaline and we become overconfident with kills, which ends up punishing us sometimes when we overexpose ourselves. So, I would say our weakness is our mentality - if we overcome this, then I think we’ll be in perfect shape.

That's Papa Uhigh in the center!

With the departure of BiuBiu, who has taken up the captain role now in Team Secret MY?

JangS: MADTOI is now the IGL (in-game leader). He has a lot of ideas, and after playing PUBG Mobile competitively for so long, he has earned the credibility to play with the timing, know how to approach the circle, and when to attack. He has a great skill set, as well as an insane game sense. 

When did you join Team Secret MY as their coach? How do you feel about getting the opportunity to be the coach of this team?

JangS: I officially joined on my birthday 3 July (right before entering PMWL), which is why it’s the best birthday present ever for me. I’m really grateful for the offer, that's the day when I feel like I’m getting somewhere in my esports career. All of us know Team Secret is an internationally recognised name in the industry, so I’m blessed to have come this far. I still wonder what OnTheGo sees in me, but I’ll ask him that next time. (laughs) 

How long have you been a coach, and what other teams did you coach before this? Were you a professional player before this?

JangS: I was the coach of ESG Gaming for 3 months back in PMPL MY/SG Season 1. Plus my time with Team Secret, I’ve literally been coaching for 5 months in total now. I was a PUBG PC pro player before this for two years, playing for Geek Fam as the IGL (In Game Leader). 

Why did you choose to pick up coaching? What’s your coaching style like?

JangS: I’m the kind of person who finds it easy to interact with people. When I was young, I used to have this ambition of becoming a lecturer, because I love teaching. With my experience in Geek Fam and PUBG tournaments, I thought it would be a good time to be a coach instead, especially with mobile esports on the rise in Malaysia. Plus, I love doing analysis work, something that coaches would do a lot of.

I treat my players like family. I always ask what their thoughts are, joke with them and discuss happily, with no pressure on anyone. We constantly try to boost each other's morale. Sometimes when I have any personal problems, I even confide in my “other family”.

JangS hanging out with his bros, Uhigh and Rex.

What’s your daily routine like as a coach? Aside from training the team, what else does your current role entail?

JangS: For the PMPL SEA Finals, I already found other players’ live streams. Even though I don’t know their language, I can see their point-of-view to understand their pattern and play style, to figure out what we can do when we face them and share my findings with the team. Sometimes I just hang out with them and eat food.

How do you feel about your coaching journey so far? What’s the hardest struggle you endured, and how did you overcome them? On the other hand, what’s the biggest highlight of your career so far?

JangS: It’s a challenging journey with a lot of ups and downs, depending on how you take those obstacles as your experiences and lessons. Whenever we lose, I always put the blame on myself before the players, but it’s okay, we all make mistakes sometimes. All in all, it’s been a fantastic journey. This team has helped me a lot in my personal growth, especially OnTheGo. He’s always checking in on me, giving me lots of advice. He may be a strict person to work with, but it’s only because he sees potential in us and wants to change us for the better.

The hardest part for me, is when I feel that we have done enough. Sometimes I feel like my team is invulnerable or perfect, which is like an egotistical thing to feel, but I remind myself that there’s always more that we can do to be better. 

For my biggest highlight, personally, it’s being able to be a part of Team Secret. As a coach, it’s when we won both League Season and Finals of PMPL MY/SG Season 2, plus Uhigh getting the MVP title. But, I always believe there’s many more to come, so I’m always trying to create more highlights.

How would someone know if they should be a coach instead of an esports player? What are some of the traits that a good coach should possess?

JangS: First of all, you must love the game and have fun, but to further understand what I mean by “love”, it basically feels like a passion, a feeling of how you can’t live without the game. And to fall in love with it, you must want to understand how it works, even on a tournament level. 

Also, some people might know the game very well, but they don’t know how to share their knowledge. If you can’t teach, it will not be easy being a teacher/coach. It’d be good if you know how to interact with people of different mentalities and mindsets, but that’s not necessarily a deal-breaker because I’m still learning to do that. At the end of the day, it depends on how willing you are to learn and be a good teacher. What’s most important, is to have the passion and attitude of wanting to help people a lot.

Watch Team Secret MY fight for the top in the PMPL SEA Finals Season 2, from tomorrow onwards (23 – 25 October)! Follow the official PUBG Mobile page for more updates on the tournament, and don’t forget to follow eGG Network too for more PUBG Mobile coverage.

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