[EN] Unstoppable Selangor Red Giants first to Playoffs, viewership record broken again in Week 4 of the MPL Malaysia Season 13 Regular Season
3 May 2024
  • Selangor Red Giants swept Bountee Esports (Day 2) and Monster Vicious (Day 3) to qualify first to the Playoffs with three matches to spare.
  • Week 4: Minggu Diraja (Royal Week) exceeded the previous Regular Season all-time viewership record with 277,907 Peak Concurrent Viewers (PCV), according to Esports Charts.
  • Selangor Red Giants stay top the Regular Season standings with 18 points, followed by Homebois with 12 points, and TODAK with 11 points.

 


"It's so cold here at the top!" Said Selangor Red Giants' Gold Laner, John "Innocent" Vincent Banal, as Roamer Muhammad "YumS" Suhairi cloaks him with a jacket; the taunt was made after the penultimate match in Week 4, in reference to how much further up the table his team are.

 

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 April The rule of a king is absolute. So proved Selangor Red Giants in Week 4: Minggu Diraja (Royal Week) of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) Malaysia, after they forced Bountee Esports and Monster Vicious to into submission in straight games. The Red Giants' back-to-back victories over the weekend – their fifth in as many games – confirmed their places in the Season 13 Playoffs as the first team to qualify this season. It also maintained their perfect record in Season 13, having not dropped a single game despite only three matches remaining in the Regular Season.

 

Defending champions, Homebois, scalped two of their major title rivals in RSG Malaysia (2-1 on Day 2) and TODAK (2-0 on Day 3) to take second place and put them back on course for a second consecutive championship title. The pride of Johor has now won five straight matches since losing the opening match of the season against Selangor Red Giants.

 


Homebois Founder, Nureddy Nursal, and TODAK Founder & Group CEO, Azlan Zainal, exchange a commemorative token after the match to acknowledge their competitive rivalry and professionalism in esports.

 

Homebois showed in Week 4 that rulers aren't born – they're made. The Flamebois – the name of Homebois' community of fans – have helped Homebois dominate the list of most-watched matches of Season 13 by Peak Concurrent Viewers (PCV), occupying all five top spots. Homebois' clash against on Sunday became the most-watched Regular Season match in MPL Malaysia history; the match had 277,907 PCV, which eclipsed even the 232,500 PCV in the Season 10 Grand Finals, according to Esports Charts.

 


MPL Malaysia Season 13 most popular matches by peak viewers. Credit: Esports Charts

 

Elsewhere, RSG Malaysia obtained 4 points out of a possible 6 in Week 4 – an impressive feat after losing their commander-in-chief. The Season 7 champions announced on 26 April – one day before their match against Homebois – that Coach Fikri "Rain" Aiman Bin Mohd Khidzir had gone on hiatus. With Assistant coach Muhammad "Sora" Farhan Bin Ibrahim calling the shots, RSG Malaysia took a game off Homebois and executed a clean sweep over Team HAQ on Day 3 to propel them back into contention for a Playoffs spot.

 


RSG Malaysia Roamer, Dale "Stowm" Rolan Vidor, roars in jubilation after their win over Team HAQ on Day 3.

 

NINERS secured their first win of the season after showing tremendous resilience to reverse sweep Monster Vicious on Day 2. In the post-match interview, NINERS Coach, M "Antagonisst" Firmansyah Pratama Bachri, expressed the team's relief at securing this valuable win. This is Antagonisst's first time as head coach in MPL Malaysia and is a position he assumed this season after being loaned from Homebois. NINERS' new transfer, Jungler Maxwell "MAXXX" Alessandro, was an integral part of their victory, earning kudos as MVP of the Match with Roger.

 


NINERS Roamer, Arya "Barbossa" Nazhari, gets emotional after their hard-fought win over Monster Vicious on Day 2 – their first win of Season 13.

 

At the end of Week 4: Minggu Diraja, Selangor Red Giants sit top of the Regular Season league standings with 18 points, followed by Homebois with 12 points, and TODAK with 11 points.