The PUBG Mobile Professional League Southeast Asian (PMPL SEA) Finals Spring Split 2020 Day 1 went by in a flash, as the 3-day tournament began early this evening. With Thailand’s RRQ Athena and King of Gamers Club and Malaysia’s Yoodo Gank currently in the top three spots, us PUBG Mobile esports fans were treated to a feast of high IQ plays and superhuman-like reflexes on the launch day of PMPL SEA Finals 2020. But, no one else would be prouder than the citizens of Malaysia, with their favourite team placing first on Day 1.
Bagging two Winner Winner Chicken Dinners (WWCDs) for Match 1 and 5, 36 kills and consistently placing in the top 10 for all five matches today, it’s a huge leap in improvement for Yoodo Gank after placing second in the Grand Finals of PMPL MY/SG (Malaysia/Singapore) Spring Split 2020, especially when they’re facing off against the best PUBG Mobile teams across SEA.
Throughout the day, they’ve mostly employed their signature strategy of staying outside the circle, focusing on dominating late game after the herd has been thinned out. Their aggressive approach has been fine tuned to conquer today’s matches, killing more than 10 players in the two matches they’ve won, even besting PUBG Mobile world champions, Bigetron RA in the final circle of Match 1 in Erangel. In between gun fights, they emphasise on strategic rotations and fortifying their areas, but not without sending Jumper to scout out for potential threats.
“We were so focused on just playing the game before we realised that there few teams left,” said captain Manparang, adding that they weren’t expecting to win so many WWCDs. Fragger Fredo revealed that they have an idea of which areas would be claimed by certain teams after scrimming with them a couple of times, and predict the best places for them to secure.
“That’s why we were caught off-guard in Match 2 and got knocked out early,” Fredo said, citing the time they unexpectedly bumped into Vietnam’s BadBoy and got eliminated. Nevertheless, they kept their heads held high, and outsmarted King of Gamers Club in the climax of Match 5 with their high-ground in-circle position.
In other news, fellow countrymen Team Secret are currently placed fifth, steadily maintaining their placement in the top 10 sans Match 3 while accumulating a fair kill volume of 23 kills. The issue they ran into the most, was getting sandwiched between enemy teams several times, which usually resulted in their early demise.
And on the flip side, Bigetron AROV is holding on at 15th place, usually with either Hijrah or Zully as the last man standing to play the sneaky tactic, attempting to get the highest possible placements. “Our morale is currently low, but we all have our own ups and downs,” said Bigetron AROV team manager, Terence "icybaby12" Yong. “But when it’s a competition, it matters to us to a point that it’s “do or die”. We don’t have time to mope around, and we have to trust each other to keep moving forward.”
With Yoodo Gank currently in first place, they’re one step closer to joining Team Secret at the PUBG Mobile World League Spring Split (PMWL) 2020 Eastern Division. But don’t forget, literally anything can happen in the next 10 matches. Will Yoodo Gank keep their cool and maintain their top two placement?
The PMPL SEA Finals 2020 continues tomorrow 3.30PM (GMT+8), with the Finals happening the day after on 3 May. Catch the live stream on the PUBG Mobile official Facebook page.
It's always #goodvibes when it comes to birthdays, and Yoodo's second anniversary is no exception to the universal rule - the fully-customisable digital telco recently revealed 20 updates regarding its new branding, along with promotions, new products, active sports and last but definitely not least, its ever-growing involvement in esports.
Chief among these announcements, is that Yoodo will be sponsoring and managing this year's PUBG Mobile National Championship (PMNC) and PUBG Mobile Campus Championship (PMCC), much to the joy PUBG Mobile esports fans. But that's not it: the Malaysian company will also be sponsoring their very own esports fighting competition, the Yoodo FV Major 2020, making its debut sometime this year. Looks like Yoodo will be having an action-packed second year ahead!
Yoodo has been in the esports scene for a while now. With sponsorship for the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League - Malaysia/Singapore (MPL MY/SG) Season 5 and ESL MY Championship 2020 - Call of Duty: Mobile Season 1, the telco even has their own professional PUBG Mobile esports team, Yoodo Gank, who are top dogs in the now-delayed PUBG Mobile Professional League Malaysia/Singapore (PMPL MY/SG).
More details on the upcoming Yoodo-sponsored esports tournaments will be released soon.
The much-anticipated PUBG Mobile Professional League Malaysia and Singapore (PMPL MY/SG) begins today, 3 March. The 24 teams of the league are made up of 16 qualifier teams (12 Malaysian, four Singaporean) and eight invited teams. These are divided into three groups as the Spring Split league, which runs for three weeks, kicks off.
One of the teams entering the background to much fanfare is Yoodo Gank, a star-studded squad. Its line-up includes captain ManParang, Fredo, Draxx and Jumper. This the biggest tournament the current iteration of the team is joining, however, ManParang brings with him a wealth of tournament experience.
Finishing a respectable 11th, ManParang revealed that the PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) Fall Split Global Finals was a valuable experience. "I learn something new at every event, whether it is about new game strategies or general life lessons. The Fall Split Global Finals showed me that as a professional athlete, we need to constantly push ourselves to improve."
"When we are against the best of the best in the world, there is no room for error. Every little action counts. My main in-game lesson is to not repeat our past mistakes." ManParang shared, highlighting the need to study what went wrong in a game and bringing that insight into the next.
Kevin, the Yoodo Gank manager, gave a glimpse into how the team was selected, saying that an early conversation was trying to build a winning formula consisting of super stars. "The formation of the current line-up was suggested by ManParang. Draxx was already a member of the team. Jumper was always on our radar, and when he came on board as the unofficial coach for the team, the next step became more realistic."
"The final link was getting Fredo to come in and act as the person that held the team together. For us, getting Fredo to fit into the squad was not difficult as he has a huge experience playing at international tournaments."
Fredo, the previous Mobile Legends: Bang Bang professional player is confident that this team has what it takes to reach the peak of the PUBG Mobile competitive scene. "I feel comfortable and happy to be able to play alongside ManParang, Draxx and Jumper. The synergy of our line-up is just right. We are able to compensate for each other's weakness, and complement each other with our strengths. This kind of fit isn't easy to come by."
ManParang shares that confidence, "This line-up for Yoodo Gank is what I've envisioned. I am highly confident we can perform decently in the coming tournaments."
Both players agree that 2020 will be a tough year for competitive PUBG Mobile. Fredo admitted that the talent pool is getting bigger and many teams are improving. "Hard work has been the theme of their past few weeks. We are constantly practising to continue polishing our skills to ensure we are at the top of our game when PMPL begins," he added.
The esports journeyman has been through a lot in a span of two years. Transitioning from playing MLBB professionally, to streaming PUBG Mobile, then playing professionally - and even trying his hand at casting (at PMCO Fall Split Global Finals 2019). Remarking on his tortuous voyage in the nascent (and slightly chaotic) Malaysian esports scene, Fredo humbly acknowledges that he's been lucky to be presented with such an opportunity to "pursue my dreams and make it a career."
"The past years have been great, and I would like to thank all my friends, family and fans for making this a dream come true for me."
For Malaysians, Vision 2020 was a dream for the nation to become a developed country. The current Yoodo Gank line-up of ManParang, Fredo, Draxx and Jumper also have their own vision 2020 - nothing short of becoming the best PUBG Mobile team in Malaysia, and then set their sights on international acclaim.
Catch Yoodo Gank in action during PMPL, which begins on 3 Mar and runs for three weeks.
Yoodo is expanding rapidly in the esports scene with its refreshed Yoodo Gank (PUBG Mobile) roster and a brand new fighting games team, Yoodo Flash Vision.
Firstly, Yoodo is bringing new firepower to the team by adding highly popular streamer – Fredo (Ahmad Fuad Razali). Also new to the team is 2019 PUBG Mobile National Championship (PMNC) winner and Most Valuable Player – Jumper (Muhamad Izzrudin Hashim).
That's not all, the telecom also partnered with the local esports team management organisation, Flash Vision (FV) Esports, to form Yoodo FV. The team will feature 10 Tekken 7 players and 6 Street Fighter V players.
Yoodo is also the official digital telco for the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League - Malaysia and Singapore (MPL-MY/SG) Season 5, which kicks off its Regular Season this weekend.