A PUBG Mobile supergroup of this calibre, comprising the best of Team No Recoil and AKA Esports, surely would have some special training to get them this far. In reality, Team Whales simply emphasise on the “work hard play hard” lifestyle to help them prepare for the competitive scene, including the ongoing PUBG Mobile Professional League Malaysia/Singapore (PMPL MY/SG) Season 3.
Here are the members of Team Whales:
Kuang “Stewart9k” Jian Sew – IGL
Neo “XinB” Sau Puey – Support
Tee “inSomnus” Yeu Terng – Scouter
Loo “Looyou” Tze You – Fragger
Koh “Snap” Wen Hong – Fragger
Jack Wong Jing Feng
Zac Lim Zhi Xiang
“We train so much on weekdays that we’re exhausted by the end of the day,” said Stewart9k, thus wanting to make full use of their free time to R&R. Devouring barbequed meals, shopping and playing other video games (like Genshin Impact, Minecraft, CS:GO and Valorant) might seem counterproductive, but it’s essential to gather their energy and be better prepared for the tournament. Plus, “we want to enjoy our lives too.”
Prior to being sponsored by local esports organisation Whales Esports, both teams saw the departure of several members that prompted them to have tryouts for new players. Coincidentally, one of their candidates introduced them to Whales Esports, who were looking to sign a professional PUBG Mobile squad.
“Since both of us lacked players, we decided to merge together and form this super team,” manager Jack explained, adding that all of them are a group of friends.
Looks like Whales Esports’ decision has paid off, with Team Whales qualifying for the Country Finals of PMPL MY/SG Season 3. “We were playing the same meta as a super aggressive group in the last two seasons, so we decided to make some improvements this time,” InSomnus shared, saying that they’ve been more tactical.
Stewart9k elaborated, “The circle is slower nowadays, so we’ll take the time to discuss together what to do and play defensively.” Even so, InSomnus said that “we’ll still pair it with our signature playstyle.”
The former AKA Esports members, Looyou and Snap, feel that their current lineup is definitely stronger than their previous roster. “We play ferociously, like crazy dogs (疯狗),” Looyou – who played for Team No Recoil in Season 1 – said with a chuckle. “We have a lot of experienced players in the team, so I think we stand a chance of winning the championship,” to which Snap agrees. “I feel more comfortable playing with them because they know what to do in any situation we’re in.”
While other veteran teams like Yoodo Gank and Damansara Flash Vision have their own coaches, Team Whales have yet to acquire one of their own, though with valid reasons. “We find it difficult to get a suitable coach because most of them don’t speak Chinese (which the team converse in),” Jack revealed, saying that most of them have also been picked up by other teams.
Not that they’re in urgent need of one anyway, and Team Whales are hungrier than ever for the championship podium this season. And if there’s one team they’re eyeing to wallop, it’s Geek Fam. “They always backstab us during scrims, so we’re furious (friendly, of course),” said Looyou.
And where better place to put those anger to good use than the PMPL MY/SG Season 3?