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RRQ Hoshi & Blacklist International Prove Why They’re The Best At M4

Day 2 of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M4 World Championship was going to be action-packed right from the get-go as we saw the prides of Malaysia and Indonesia, TODAK and RRQ Hoshi go toe-to-toe alongside RRQ Hoshi’s sister team from Brazil, RRQ Akira face the Filipino phenoms in Blacklist International.

 

Check out our M4 Schedule with live score updates! 

 

TODAK vs. RRQ Hoshi

The day began with TODAK versus RRQ Hoshi, a highly anticipated matchup between two of the best in their respective countries. Not only was a spot in the upper bracket semifinal on the line but also pride as TODAK as an organisation has lost all four series they have played against RRQ Hoshi since M1 back in 2019. And we would soon find out, this time would be no different.

Game 1

Game 1 started off pretty evenly, with RRQ Hoshi only maintaining a small gold lead throughout most of the early game. Around the fourth minute were unfortunately met with a pause which didn’t last too long and after a few minutes we were back into the action. After losing their first turtle, TODAK knew that they would need to mirror objectives so during the second Turtle, TODAK’s star-rookie Rival dived in and stole the Turtle from the Indonesians.

Regardless of this, RRQ Hoshi were still very much in control of the game and by the time the third turtle respawned, RRQ Hoshi had already learned their lesson and strengthened their numbers when taking on the Turtle. With their second Turtle acquired, RRQ Hoshi used that momentum to take out Rival and YumSkie from TODAK. From there they abused their advantage to take map control which would then lead them to take the Lord. After pressing into the Top Lane, RRQ Hoshi would play around the next Lord which they would take uncontested. It was after this that TODAK made the bold decision to engage with RRQ Hoshi, taking down three players. Unfortunately for TODAK, RRQ Hoshi’s remaining two players swept the rest of TODAK and with the Top Lane completely open, Game 1 was RRQ Hoshi’s for the taking.

Game 2

After such a blunderful Game 1, TODAK were eager for redemption and decided to take control of Game 2’s early phase. Rival displayed his ganking prowess as TODAK’s jungle as he drew attention away from the Turtle by getting a kill onto RRQ Hoshi’s Skylar in the Gold Lane and helped prevent VYN from killing his teammate CikuGais. From there, Rival zipped up to the Turtle and claimed it for his team.

It was around the eight-minute mark that RRQ Hoshi finally caught up and took the gold lead from TODAK. After scaling for most of the game, RRQ Hoshi had finally become strong enough to dominate TODAK in team fights. Despite all this, TODAK remained relatively even in kills and tried to focus objectives whenever they were in an optimal position, but RRQ Hoshi didn’t let that happen too often as they secured themselves two Lords by the 19th minute. The game would go on to be almost 27 minutes with RRQ Hoshi coming out on top.

Game 3

Going into Game 3 TODAK were looking to go on the offensive once again but they were cleanly read by RRQ Hoshi who engaged first.

RRQ Hoshi would continue to dominate objectives, securing themselves two Turtles by the 10th minute. Unfortunately for TODAK, they were unable to prevent RRQ Hoshi from snowballing their lead. Although the game carried on past 20 minutes, TODAK were still extremely far behind and all they managed to do was delay the inevitable. After losing all three Lords that appeared on the map, the Malaysians finally fell to RRQ Hoshi and were sent into the Lower Bracket when they will fight to stay alive in this tournament on 10 January at 7:00 PM (UTC+8).

 

RRQ Akira vs. Blacklist International

This match-up between the Brazillian powerhouse in RRQ Akira and the Philippines’ Blacklist International was also another highly anticipated match-up as RRQ Akira looked to both Brazil’s and South America’s only chance to give Southeast Asia a run for their money. But as we would soon find out, maybe they’re not quite there just yet.

Game 1

Blacklist came out of the gates swinging as they attempted to apply pressure onto RRQ Akira, which turned out in Blacklist’s favour as they secured first blood within the first 50 seconds of the game. From then on out, Blacklist completely outclassed RRQ Akira in every way imaginable as they took control of the entire map, not letting the Brazilians even get a whiff of an objective. With the kill score 13–2 in favour of Blacklist, before we knew it, the game was already over and Blacklist were up 1–0.

Game 2

Going into Game 2, RRQ Akira decided to change up their bans in the draft phase, dedicating all three of their initial bans in caution of Blacklist’s Mid Laner Hadji. Game 2 would be a lot closer with RRQ Akira putting up more of a fight and even managing to secure one more Turtle than Blacklist International. But unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough. Although the scoreboard showed that RRQ Akira held up pretty well, Blacklist were in control of the game then entire time and managed to take advantage of that which ultimately won them Game 2.

Game 3

Game 3 would be a little bit different as both teams flipped sides with Blacklist now on the Blue side and RRQ on the Red. Anyone could tell that in this game, RRQ Akira were playing a lot safer and were more respectful of Blacklist’s playmaking capabilities. RRQ Akira took advantage of this as they knew in the early game, it was an even playing field so all they needed to do was bait Blacklist to engage on RRQ’s terms. This led to RRQ Akira having a kill lead of 5–1 in the fifth minute. The game would slow down for the next five minutes with Blacklist catching up in gold but things began to fall apart for Blacklist during the first Lord fight. Although the fold was even and Blacklist managed to take the first lord, RRQ Akira didn’t let up and began applying pressure across all lanes. By the next team fight, all of RRQ Akira were ready and prepped for another team fight and it definitely showed as they would come out on top. As result, RRQ were able to finally get on the board as both teams proceeded to Game 4 with a score of 2–1 in favour of Blacklist.

Game 4

With their confidence high, RRQ were ready for the next game in hopes to tie the series, but Blacklist had other plans. Game 4 would see Blacklist’s return to the same dominating form we saw back in Game 1 where they completely controlled both the map and tempo. Although RRQ Akira did their best to stay even on objectives, Blacklist capitalised on the map control given and before we knew it, the game was over in 14 minutes. Luckily for RRQ Akira, this isn’t the end of the road as we will get to see them fight it out to stay in the tournament. They’ll be playing on 10 January at 9:00 PM (UTC+8).

As for the winners of both games, RRQ Hoshi and Blacklist International will be facing off against each other on 11 January at 7:00 PM (UTC+8) so don’t miss out on that. Be sure to check out our schedule on M4 where we will also be updating scores.

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