[EN] Top spot secured! Selangor Red Giants eye history books after dominant showing in Week 5 of the MPL Malaysia Season 13 Regular Season
6 May 2024
  • Selangor Red Giants are poised to become the first team in MPL Malaysia history to not drop a single game in a Regular Season after sweeping King Empire Esports (on Day 2) and Barracuda Esports (on Day 3).
  • Defending champions, Homebois, secured second place and a place in the Playoffs Upper Bracket after victories over NINERS (on Day 1) and Bountee Esports (on Day 3).
  • Taking place from 11 to 12 May, the penultimate Week 6 of the Season 13 Regular Season will offer teams a final chance for glory or survival – six teams separated by 3 points fight for four Playoffs spots, while four teams separated by 3 points battle for two guaranteed safe spots.

 


Game recognises game. Selangor Red Giants EXP Laner, Mark "Kramm" Genzon Sojero Rusiana, being crowned by teammate, Ilman "Goj3s" Zareef bin Zulkifli, after the former puts in an MVP of the Match showing against King Empire Esports on Week 5, Day 2.

 

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 May Selangor Red Giants are one match away from writing themselves into the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) Malaysia history books. The Red Giants powered their way past King Empire Esports (on Day 2) and Barracuda Esports (on Day 3) in Week 5 of the Season 13 Regular Season to set themselves up to become the first team in MPL Malaysia history to complete a Regular Season without dropping a single game. They will beat Team SMG's record in Season 11 where they dropped only one game in nine matches.

 

King Empire Esports forced the Red Giants into their longest game this season – 23 minutes and 22 seconds – in Game 2 but could not blemish the league leaders' pristine record this season. By topping the Regular Season table, Selangor Red Giants get a bye into the Upper Bracket Semi Finals of the Playoffs.

 

Selangor Red Giants Coach, Michael "Arcadia" Angelo Bocado, said in the Day 3 post-match interview: "We're really confident this season. For us, the biggest challenge is being overconfident. So we want that good balance of being confident and being not complacent. Before this season even started, we just talked as a team, 'let's just enjoy the journey', because we know ourselves that we can win it all. We just try to avoid pressure."

 

Defending champions, Homebois, locked in second place and the other coveted spot in the Upper Bracket Semi Finals, courtesy of victories over NINERS (2-1 on Day 1) and Bountee Esports (2-0 on Day 3). The Season 12 champions have won seven consecutive matches since their opening day loss to Selangor Red Giants.

 

RSG Malaysia (on Day 2) and NINERS (on Day 3) combined to destroy TODAK's hopes of catching Homebois in Week 5. The Season 7 champions put in a gritty performance to beat TODAK 2-1 and continue their climb back up the table, with their EXP Laner, Muhammad Arif "RIPPO" bin Abdul Halim, putting in an MVP of the Match performance in front of his fiancée in the audience. NINERS then swept the three-time MPL Malaysia champions to greatly boost their hopes of survival in only their second win of the season.

 


RSG Malaysia's EXP Laner, Muhammad Arif "RIPPO" bin Abdul Halim, grandstanding after a spectacular showing against TODAK on Day 2. Watch the video here.

 


 

At the end of Week 5, the standings are as follows:

 


 

Week 6 Preview: Final Chance For Glory Or Survival

Taking place from 11 to 12 May, the penultimate week of the Season 13 Regular Season will see plenty of movements between positions three to 10. Six teams – TODAK, King Empire Esports, RSG Malaysia, Team HAQ, NINERS, and Monster Vicious – separated by 3 points are competing for four Playoffs spots. Four teams – NINERS, Monster Vicious, Barracuda Esports, and Bountee Esports – separated by 2 points will battle for two guaranteed safe spots (seventh and eighth), with the ninth-placed team to play a "Challenger vs Defender" match against the 2nd-placed Challengers Conference team from Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Academy League (MAL MY), based on the MAL MY Regular Season ranking.

 

Bountee Esports begin Week 6 with a must-win match against RSG Malaysia. However, even a clean 2-0 sweep may not be enough to ensure their survival, should fellow relegation-battlers, NINERS, Monster Vicious, and Barracuda Esports secure any results in Week 6. RSG Malaysia need to win just one game to secure a spot in the Playoffs, but will be looking to secure maximum points to stand a chance to overtake King Empire Esports in third and obtain a more favourable draw in the Play Ins.

 

Eighth-placed Monster Vicious will need to beat TODAK 2-0 to stand any chance of keeping their Playoffs dreams alive. Should they achieve that feat, they will require King Empire Esports to do them the favour of beating Team HAQ 2-0, and NINERS to lose 2-0 to Homebois. The all-Malaysian team will also be wary of Barracuda and Bountee Esports right below them in the standings. Having lost to NINERS in Week 5, TODAK will be equally pressured with the knowledge that any slip-up will put them at risk of being overtaken by RSG Malaysia or Team HAQ.

 

The final match of Day 1, Barracuda Esports will need to take at least one game off Homebois to put them out of Bountee Esports' reach. However, they will need to achieve a better result than NINERS and Monster Vicious to avoid a ninth-place finish and having to play the "Challenger vs Defender" match; this will be a tall order against an in-form Homebois, although the defending champions only playing for pride, having already secured an Upper Bracket Semi Finals spot in the Playoffs, might be to their advantage.

 

On Day 2, Team HAQ will take on King Empire Esports, with the winner certain to place higher in the standings, regardless of the margin.

 

Finally, Selangor Red Giants take on NINERS to determine if they will remain invincible in the Season 13 Regular Season. NINERS need to at least equal Monster Vicious and Barracuda Esports' results to assure their survival, being ahead of the former due to head-to-head record, and ahead of the latter based on points.

 

The full Week 6 schedule may be viewed below: