The Mobile Legends Scene at the SEA Games

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It was great news for esports fans when the SEA Games committee announced that esports would be joining the medal games in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. The included games are Dota 2, Hearthstone, StarCtaft 2, Tekken 7, Arena of Valor (AOV), and Mobile Legends. Even though some people are skeptical about this, it had a great positive review, and this is a huge moment for the esports scene as this is a stepping stone for esports to be in the Olympics.

There is no denying that Mobile Legends is huge in the Southeast Asian Region. Almost 80% of its player base is divided into the eleven countries of SEA, that’s why when fans learned that Mobile Legends is again joining the medal games in the 31 SEA Games, fans were excited. Of course, this isn’t just a tournament for who’s the best ML team; this is a fight for supremacy, a battle to bring honor and make your fellow citizens proud. Seven out of eleven countries joined the Medal Tournament: the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, and Myanmar. The tournament requires that players use their names instead of their IGN (in-game names).

The Tournament started on May 18th. The seven teams were separated into two groups; Group A consisted of the Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Laos, and Group B consisted of Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam. Each group will play a single round-robin format; after the round-robin, the two teams on the top of each respected group will go into the playoffs, and the remaining teams will get eliminated. Philippines and Malaysia made their way to the playoffs for Group A and for Group B, Indonesia, and Singapore.

SOURCE: Liquipedia

 

The Playoffs

PHI vs. SGP

The Philippines faced Singapore in the semi-finals. Singapore scored a commanding victory in the first game with their Beatrix and Grock lineup. The Philippines then retaliated in the second game; acquiring Beatrix on their draft, they were able to tie the score 1-1. Game three will be a hard-fought game with both teams giving their best to qualify for the finals. Team PHI built their draft around Beatrix, even picking Rafaela as their last pick to ensure that this Beatrix could last long during team fights. SGP, on the other hand, drafted a team fight-heavy lineup consisting of Yve, Dyrroth, Karina, Roger, and Grock.

Around minute 17 of the game, team PHI. will go for a push after slaying Lord; they were able to secure the top and bottom lanes of SGP. At this point, the game got a bit harder to play in for team SGP, however, that wouldn’t stop them from coming back into the game. They stopped PHI from taking another Lord and even caught up with their gold deficit.

At this point, it is still anyone’s game; then, around the 25-minute mark, team PHI will initiate the game-ending sequence. With Baxia and Paquito of PHI defending the Lord from the possible attack from team SGP; Beatrix, Rafaela, and Cecilion marches towards SGP’s top lane to kill a lone Dyrroth. SGP we’re entirely unaware of this as they thought the whole PHI team is around the Lord area. Dyrroth dies, and this is the beginning of the end for SGP as they will get run down by team PHI. Team PHI  will get the victory and will be advanced to the Finals.

 

INA vs. MAS

In the first game of the series, team Indonesia already showed that they were a force to be reckoned with; their Esmeralda and WanWan combination proved that they could dominate any enemy line-up. They dominated the first game leading the series 1-0.

With the silver medal on the line, team MAS picked the meta heroes of the patch, Beatrix and Baxia; however, those picks were easily countered by team INA. Picking Popol and Kupa paired with Baxia and Akai, the Stuns were too powerful for Beatrix to do something. Team INA will score another commanding victory. INA wins 2-0.

 

The Finals

PHI vs. INA

Like any other final in the Mobile Legends pro scene, this will be a 5-game series; with honor and patriotism on the line, the Philippines and Indonesia will battle it out to see who will bring home the gold medal.

With their dominance over Malaysia, Indonesia is the heavily favored team to win the Gold Medal in the 31st SEA Games Mobile Legends Tournament. Fans are a bit skeptical about the PHI lineup since they have two rookies on their team, Dominic Sotto and Howard Gonzales, both of which hasn’t played in an ML tournament.  Even one of the Philippines’ most famous ML streamers, Akosidogie, said that “90% the Philippine team (Blacklist) would not win vs. Indonesia.” Although some believed him, fans of the PHI team are solid believers that they will get the gold Medal.

 

Team’s Roster

Philippines (PHI) Indonesia (INA)
Kyle Dominic Soto
“Dominic”
Rivaldi Fatah
“R7”
Danerie James Del Rosario

“Wise”

Albert Neilsen Iskandar

“Alberttt”

Salic Alauya Imam

“Hadji”

Ihsan Besari Kusudana

“Luminaire”

Lee Howard Gonzales

“Owl”

Calvin Winata

“CW”

Johnmar Villaluna

“OhMyV33NUS”

Calvin

“Vynnn”

Russel Aaron Usi (Sub)

“Eyon”

Nicky Fernando Pontonuwu (Sub)

“Kiboy”

Kristoffer Ed L. Ricaplaza                                  (Coach) Chen Jui Teng                              (Coach)

The match started on May 20. In just the first match of the series, you could clearly tell that neither of the two teams wanted to bring home the silver medal. As they would play one of the longest games in ML’s pro scene, the game reached 29 minutes, almost half an hour of back-to-back action. With both teams picking meta heroes, PHI prevails with their WanWan and Esmeralda combination. PHI leads 1-0.

Game 2, on the other hand, is a different story, as INA took out their signature heroes with Roger, Xavier, and Dyrroth. They took a commanding lead from start to end, tying the series 1-1.

INA took the meta heroes in game 3, with Beatrix and Baxia on their hands; they are expected to take the game and lead the series. However, PHI won’t go down without a fight; they surprise the fans with a Karrie pick, paired with Esmeralda and Rafaela. Both teams go back and forth; however, at the 16-minute mark, INA will run down team PHI, resulting in a team wipe and destroying PHI’s three-tier three protective towers; one last building is standing on PHI. With INA’s lead continuing to grow, PHI would not be backed down. During the last Lord engagement of the game, INA would take it down to secure the victory; however, they heavily committed to killing Lord, depleting their resources. Knowing that INA doesn’t have the resources to fight them, team PHI took this opportunity to mount a comeback. They killed INA’s heroes one by one and secured the victory. They lead the series 2-1.

Team INA is still devastated by their loss over game 3; they lose the composure and focus, and even though they picked their signature heroes, team PHI just became an unstoppable force. After PHI wiped out INA just 10 minutes into the game, they rallied an all-out push to end it. With no heroes alive on team INA, PHI ends the game. Team PHI took the gold, and team INA, the second placer, took the silver.

Malaysia and Singapore battle it out for the bronze medal. Singapore won 2-1 and took home the bronze.

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