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Both Malaysian Teams Bow Out Of M4

Day 4 of the Playoff Stage at Mobile Legends: Bang Bang’s M4 World Championship was a sad day for Malaysians as both representatives, TODAK and Team HAQ were knocked out

Argentina’s S11 Gaming and Occupy Thrones, the representative from the Middle East and North Africa region were also sent packing. But Day 4 also saw the continuation of the Burmese bulldozer of a team, Falcon Esports, continue their underdog run in the lower bracket.

 

Check out our M4 Schedule with live score updates! 

 

Falcon Esports vs. S11 Gaming

The opening match of the day saw Myanmar’s dark horse of the tournament, Falcon Esports eliminate Argentina’s S11 Gaming. Given Falcon’s trajectory, they were expected to come out on top in every pundit’s books as Falcon Esports has displayed previously that they are a force to be reckoned with and can go toe-to-toe with the best.

Game 1

The series opener commenced with Falcon Esports’ Jungler, Kenn displaying his dominance on Fanny as he added another first blood to Falcon’s 87.5% first blood rate. They were able to achieve a significant lead in kills, but S11 Gaming was able to exploit weaknesses in Falcon Esports’ strategy and make it difficult for them to maintain their lead. In the end, Falcon Esports secured the win by successfully stealing the Lord with a play by Kenn, which greatly weakened S11 Gaming and led to their defeat.

Game 2

In the second game, Falcon Esports successfully countered the popular hero Karrie by utilizing Harith with an aggressive early-game strategy. S11 Gaming struggled to find a suitable counter, as their use of two pick-off heroes, Kadita and Selena, was ineffective. Additionally, they were at a disadvantage in terms of numbers, as Yu Zhong was unable to fully maximize his potential. Harith proved to be an excellent counter for Karrie, as it was able to win the lane and make it difficult for all of S11 Gaming’s players. Harith forced Karrie to be less effective in terms of dealing damage and less powerful in team fights. Furthermore, Falcon Esports had additional damage from Ling and utility from heroes like Kaja, Valentina, and Martis, which made it easy for them to secure a 2-0 victory.

 

Team HAQ vs. Incendio Supremacy

Team HAQ, the champion of MPL Malaysia Season 10, suffered a difficult loss to Incendio Supremacy with a score of 2-1. Turkey’s mainstay team has indeed appeared convincing since the Group Stage phase. They even defeated Falcon Esports. This highlights the increasing competitiveness in the world of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. The Lower Bracket M4 Knockout Stage uses a Best of 3 format, where the team that earns two points advances to the next round. Initially, Team HAQ took the lead, but Incendio Supremacy was able to come back and win the next two matches to secure the victory.

Game 1

In the opening match, Garyy, Team HAQ’s Jungler, was able to secure the use of Fanny, along with other strong heroes such as Grock, Karrie, Valentina, and Lolita. Incendio Supremacy attempted to counter this by fielding Fredrinn, Pharsa, Lolita, Estes, and Gloo. They also attempted to use the meta healer to neutralize Team HAQ’s attacks. While the strategy was able to withstand Team HAQ’s offence, Incendio Supremacy made a mistake when contesting for the second Lord, allowing Team HAQ to take advantage of an incorrect prediction by Tienzy and his team. This resulted in Team HAQ immediately pushing towards the enemy base’s turret and securing the win.

Game 2

Dissatisfied with their previous performance, Incendio Supremacy decided to once again use the meta healer, with APEX47 selecting Estes, in the second match. Team HAQ chose Diggie as their Roamer this time. The strategy seemed to work well for Incendio Supremacy this time around. They immediately took control of the match from the start and were able to close the game in 13 minutes with a kill difference of 11 to 1. APEX47 looked unstoppable with 100% kill participation. With this win, Incendio Supremacy was able to tie the series and force Team HAQ to play a decisive third match.

Game 3

The final match between Incendio Supremacy and Team HAQ was closely contested, as the winner of this round would advance to the next stage of the M4 World Championship and the loser would be eliminated. Once again, APEX47 played Estes, and Tienzy used Leomord as the Jungler. Team HAQ, who did not respect the ban on their opponent’s meta healer, appeared to be struggling again. By the 10th minute, the gold difference between the two teams had reached 5,000. This prompted Team HAQ to try and even the playing field. Incendio Supremacy repeatedly attempted to attack Team HAQ’s base, but their defence held strong. However, Mann made a mistake by trying to make a surprise attack on the opponent, which ended up being detrimental for Team HAQ as Mann’s absence made it easier for Incendio Supremacy to carry out attacks. With the help of super minions, they succeeded in destroying Team HAQ’s base turret, securing their win and eliminating Team HAQ from the M4 World Championship.

 

TODAK vs. The Valley

After being defeated by RRQ Hoshi and relegated to the Lower Bracket, Malaysia’s TODAK was eliminated from the tournament by The Valley. The North American team had learned from their losses in the Group Stage and were able to defeat one of the top teams in the M4 World Championship. TODAK had come out as the winner of Group B, beating ONIC Esports, Malvinas Gaming, and MDH Esports. Meanwhile, The Valley had finished third in Group D, losing to RRQ Akira and Team HAQ. In the quarterfinals of the Lower Bracket Knockout Stage, The Valley was able to dominate the match, not giving TODAK any opportunities to earn points. The 2-0 victory eliminated TODAK from the Mobile Legends World Championship: Bang Bang, following Team HAQ who had been eliminated earlier by Incendio Supremacy.

Game 1

Both teams started the game with strong pressure on each other and aggressive play. The Valley and TODAK both fought fiercely in the first match. During the mid-game, a struggle for the first Lord ensued and war broke out again. The Valley’s cohesive play surprised CikuGais and his team. This enabled the North American team to achieve objectives and widen their gold lead. Shortly after, The Valley secured the second Lord, which helped them in breaking the enemy’s defences. With this advantage, MobaZane and his teammates were able to get their first point of excellence.

Game 2

In the second match, TODAK seemed to be more cautious in their hero selections, securing Hilda, Valentina, Ling, Lunox, and Esmeralda. The Valley also had a strong lineup with Joy, Lolita, Beatrix, Faramis, and Barats. The Valley’s Gold Laner, Basic, had a strong performance with his Beatrix hero and was able to get a Triple Kill in just 6 minutes. Despite being behind in terms of kills and game tempo, TODAK’s Rival played objectively by destroying The Valley’s turrets one by one. They even managed to seize the Lord and forced the match to go into the late game. However, with the help of the Lord, The Valley was able to stop TODAK’s attack and secure a 2-0 victory, eliminating TODAK from the M4 World Championship and advancing to the Lower Bracket Semifinals to face the winner of the match between RRQ Akira and Occupy Thrones.

 

RRQ Akira vs. Occupy Thrones

RRQ Akira‘s dominance continues, as the Brazilian team is showing their strength even after being demoted to the Lower Bracket by Blacklist International. In the quarterfinals of the Lower Bracket M4 Knockout Stage, they faced off against Occupy Thrones. The Middle East North Africa (MENA) team had defeated Malvinas Gaming in the previous match with a 2-0 victory, but this time they were defeated by RRQ Akira with the same score. This resulted in Occupy Thrones being eliminated from the tournament, along with four other teams that also lost earlier. Despite this defeat, it was a notable achievement for Occupy Thrones, as this was their first time participating in the Mobile Legends World Championship: Bang Bang.

Despite a delayed start, Game 1 was extremely lob sided towards RRQ Akira as they dominated in all stats across the board from kills, to Turtles, to Towers. Throughout the first game, it felt as if the members of Occupy Thrones were on completely separate pages as half the team acted as if they wanted to fight, and the other half seemed to focus more on objectives. This lack of synergy would ultimately be Occupy Thrones’ demise as they lose Game 1 without putting up much of a fight.

Game 2

Having said that Occupy Thrones didn’t put up much of a fight in the first game, going into Game 2, things went very differently as the game stretched to a whopping 22 minutes and 26 seconds with both teams accumulating over 60k gold. Occupy Thrones had seemingly fixed all of their problems from the previous game which would see this game be extremely back and forth with it all coming down to one final Lord dance in the 21st minute where RRQ Akira manage to secure it uncontestedly. This lack of action from Occupy Thrones would cost them their run at M4 as they would inevitably fall.

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