Sudah dua tahun tidak dapat merayakan Hari Raya Aidilfitri kerana pendemik Covid-19 yang melanda seluruh dunia dan kini tanah air kita sedang berada di fasa endemik.
Pastinya pada tahun ini, kita semua ingin menyambut hari raya dengan meriahnya bersama keluarga termasuk pemain profesional MLBB Todak.
Namun bagi pasukan itu, perayaan itu akan disambut bersama rakan-rakan buat tahun ketiga meraikan Hari Raya Aidilfitri demi mengalas tugas untuk mewakili Malaysia pada Sukan Sea tidak lama lagi.
Pengurus pembangunan e-sukan Todak Studios Sdn Bhd, Radzi Rahman lebih dikenali sebagai Ikuto berkata pemain Todak 'Diharamkan' untuk pulang ke kampung halaman masing-masing demi keselamatan dan kesihatan pemain dari dijangkiti Covid-19.
"Dengar macam kejam tapi itulah hakikatnya yang terpaksa diterima pemain demi mengalas tugas mengharumkan nama negara.
"Tiga tahun mereka tidak dapat beraya bersama keluarga mereka, sudah pastinya kerinduan untuk beraya bersama keluarga itu lebih membuak," katanya.
Menurutnya, jika pemain mereka 'terkena' Covid-19, pasukan Todak tidak akan dapat beraksi di Sukan Sea.
"Sangat ketat peraturan mereka dan pihak pengurusan kami serta perlu menjaga diri dari terkena jangkitan," katanya.
Sementara itu, dia berkata Todak sudah mula membuat latihan dan persediaan untuk ke Sukan Sea.
"Pemain kami sentiasa fokus dan sekarang fokus utama MPLMYS9 dan seterusnya Sukan Sea," katanya.
Semalam pasukan Todak memulakan aksi Todak 'Langgar' dengan menumpaskan pasukan SMG 2-0.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
This man needs no introduction. Part of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Malaysia/Singapore Season 6 winning squad, Ciku is one of the top players in the scene. Carrying his team countless times in the past, he's been on fire this season as well. Sure, Todak couldn't repeat their flawless regular season run from season 6, but finishing top of their group with a 10-3 score isn't anything to scoff at.
As a jungler, Ciku is great at knowing when he needs to farm and when to fight - he's top 3 for average GPM this season (722) while maintaining a 68% kill participation score. He's also in the top 6 when it comes to total kills at 130. However, that's not all he's capable of doing - if you watched Todak this season of MPL, you would have noticed that the versatile player has switched up his roles in various matches and he's capable of more than just jungling. For example in their match against HomeBois, Ciku picked up the tank role and they won the series. This adaptability gives Todak an edge over other teams when it comes to drafting - you never know who's going to play the hero until the picks are over!
In the first round of the playoffs, Todak will be up against RSG MY, one of the stronger teams in the league. However, Todak did 2-0 them in the regular season and if history repeats itself, it's going to be another walk in the park. Rest assured they won't be letting their guard down. Can Todak be back to back MPL winners? Or will this season be the rise of a new team? Good thing we won't have to wait too long to find out.
Todak's Mobile Legends: Bang Bang squad have been killing it in their respective esports scene, but their PUBG Mobile team are still seeking their footing, after relieving the rest of its roster just two days ago.
Todak PUBG Mobile's players comprised:
Luffy was the first to leave the team late January, before Todak announced their release of KRTOS, 9Nine and KiD over the weekend. No reasons were given for their sudden departure, and no new players have been announced so far.
However, on the same day before this saddening news was posted, the PUBG Mobile Esports Malaysia Facebook page posted this on their channel:
It doesn't take a genius to figure out that the next PUBG Mobile Professional League Malaysia/Singapore (PMPL MY/SG Season 3) will see Todak making its debut in the major leagues as an invited team. But, without any players, how could they possibly join? The answers lies under our noses (technically, the comments section):
To translate/paraphrase the above, direct invited teams must still adhere to certain requirements. One can't simply buy their way into the invited list and allow amateur players to play, which means Todak will be sponsoring a seasoned team who were finalists in PMPL MY/SG Season 2.
Time will tell which team have been given the honour to be sponsored by Todak, a Malaysian organisation that has brought their MLBB squad to new heights.
Eight teams are left vying for the US$300,000 prize pool in the year's biggest Mobile Legends: Bang Bang tournament, theM2 World Championship. Who will come out on top by the end of the week?
Here's everything we've covered for M2 Group Stage:
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Organised by Cyber Games Arena, the Logitech-powered Valorant Pacific Open+ reaches its conclusion this weekend. The regional tournament features the top Valorant pro teams in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand - plus two more invited teams - who have been gunning for the US$20,000 prize pool. Now, in the Grand Finals, it's down to NXLLIGAGAME (ID) and TeamSMG (SG) who'll be facing off for the championship title, as well as Todak (MY) and Aricat (TH) for third place.
*All times listed are in GMT +8.
Earlier this week we managed to catch up with Zairul Hazim Zailani or "Stoo", the offlaner of Todak was kind enough to spend some time with us ahead of the upcoming M2 Mobile Legends: Bang Bang World Championship. Since we weren't physically present, we had a video call to catch up with him virtually.
When the call started, I was greeted by Stoo's smiling face - he described to us the current situation. Due to the quarantine process, he and his teammates have been split up into different rooms - two per room. Since they can't physically meet, the players stay indoors to train while communicating over Discord.
It's not the worst of situations (especially since they're in a really nice hotel!) but he mentions that it got pretty boring not being able to be out and about. When the players aren't training, they're relaxing or watching movies.
I jumped straight to the elephant in the room - Todak's poor performance at the One Esports MPL Invitational - what happened there? The team had been eliminated by Geek Fam Indonesia in a quick 2-0 match. Stoo answered sincerely. He and Xray took a back seat for that tournament, while they brought in two players from their apprentice squad to play for the team. Stoo played the role of the analyst instead.
"We let Vins and Momo play because we wanted them to get more experience. They are good players but don't have a lot of experience when it comes to big tournaments. For MPLI, we decided to experiment with our line up and put them in the main roster instead. I won't comment on the management's decision to make the switch but overall we felt it was a good move as it gave them valuable experience. You can expect to see them again in the future!" explained Stoo.
As an analyst, Stoo went through his opponents' replays, to figure out their hero choices, playstyles, rotations, strategies and informed his team so they knew how to prepare accordingly. However, what happens during the match is out of his hands.
Regarding M2, he mentioned that it felt good to be at an offline event again, but it's not going to be the same as events in the past. "Without the crowd, it's going to have a different feel. And with the players playing in separate rooms, it will have a different kind of energy compared to two teams playing in the same area at the same time. It's almost like an online event. The lack of crowd will definitely ease the pressure a bit."
As for the team's preparation, he feels that they are on the right track since they're back to their MPL-MY/SG S6 winning lineup, they feel good about the tournament and will do their best to win it. The team hasn't figured the patch out yet, he confessed. "We're not sure why, even though the meta remains the same (hyper-carry centric), the game has changed quite a bit. Things like buff durations, turtle timings, have thrown us off a bit. We're still figuring out what we can do on this patch."
Since all the teams at M2 have arrived in Singapore, they've been scrimming together. I questioned him about the western teams that we should look out for at the tournament. He told me, "Brazil's team, Dreammax, is actually very strong and they shouldn't be underestimated. In fact, none of the teams playing at the team should be underestimated. They are all strong in their own ways. However, in terms of playstyle and drafts, I feel that Southeast Asia is the strongest in the current tournament." Stoo hopes to face Bren Esports in the tournament as he feels that they are a really strong team and play with a very different meta compared to Indonesia and Malaysia.
I asked him (for you readers out there) what his thoughts were on the best heroes to gain rank with were. He replied, "Brody. He is the most OP hero, easy to play and powerful. Esmerelda - she can be played as an offlaner, core or semi-tank. She's extremely hard to take out - teams have to commit at least 4 heroes to kill her, which is a waste of resources. Yu Zhong - his passive is really powerful. Hilda - she can combo with any hero very easily. And Natalia - she hurts a lot and can go invisible (great against uncoordinated teams)." So if you're planning to rank up, use this information wisely!
Because there's been an ongoing rivalry between Singapore and Malaysia since the beginning of time, I probed about the pressure of being the only Malaysian representatives at the tournament. "For some of us, yes, for others, no. Those who have a lot of experience in tournaments in the past don't really feel the pressure, but for people like me, who haven't been part of many tournaments, we can feel the pressure!"
Stoo shared with us his involvement in the Todak Academy project. For those of you who aren't aware, the organization launched a free online course in December for MLBB players looking to up their gameplay and their rank. He mentioned that he provided some general tips on how to play his role (offlane) properly. He doesn't have the exact number of signups but he was told that the project was a success.
When asked about what he would like to do after the pandemic was over, Stoo replied "I'd like to go home to spend time with my family and then bring them on holidays. Due to the pandemic, it hasn't been very easy to travel home to see them, and I miss them a lot. So definitely, I'd like to spend time with them."
Curious, I questioned him on what he would be doing if he wasn't playing MLBB professionally. He responded, "If I wasn't a pro MLBB player, I think I would go back to studies, or I would try to be an actor! I like the entertainment industry, so I'd be up for acting or modelling!" Not too far-fetched considering his charismatic personality and good looks.
Lastly, we got him to say some parting words to fans of Todak and himself, "To all my fans and fans of Todak, thank you for your support, and we'll try our best to win the tournament. To our families, thank you for praying for us. Without your support, we wouldn't have been able to get where we are. Without you guys, we are nothing. Please follow our Todak social media pages as well as the pages of our players (Stoo, Ciku, Eone, Moon, Xray, 4Meyz, Ashi), and keep us in your prayers!"
The M2 MLBB World Championship kicks off this coming Monday on eGG Network TV and Astro Arena, or on Facebook. Catch the action live, and remember to stay tuned to eGG Network for all the latest news and updates. Don't forget to check out our group stage predictions while you're at it! Good luck to Todak and all the teams competing, we look forward to some exciting games.