Yesterday, we witnessed 4 Singaporean teams battle for 1 regular season slot in the 3rd season of MPL-MY/SG. The teams were NEWERA, Jasper & Friends, NARA eSports and Infamous. They were the best teams in Singapore to get through to the qualifiers. Let’s not waste time and break down what happened on Sunday.
NEWERA vs Jasper & Friends (0-2)
At the start of the game, we saw Jasper & Friends play so aggressively by taking the Turtle at minute 2 and they got their first blood by killing Ironmank from team NEWERA. They managed to destroy the first turret earlier and the game became more interesting at minute 4 when team Jasper killed 3 players of NEWERA and get their 2nd turtle. In the end, Jasper & Friends won the first game with style by accumulating much more kills and gold difference in the game.
Next, Jasper & Friends maintained their momentum just like in game 1 and they still have the same playstyle with their heroes. At the start of the game both teams played pretty evenly, trading hero kills in a back and forth early game. Things changed when NEWERA show more aggression towards Jasper & Friends. The Minotaur from NEWERA played an important role in the team to get their kills. Nevertheless, as time passed, team NEWERA made a big mistake by being caught in a bad position and it cost them their elimination from the qualifier.
Nara eSports vs Infamous (2-0)
The second match was underway with NARA eSports up against Infamous. The game looked pretty balanced early on but soon after, NARA eSports dominated in-game objectives like Turtle and towers. This led to Infamous slowly falling behind in terms of gold and kills. Even though Infamous had better crowd-control, they still couldn’t fight the damage output from NARA eSports, who eventually took game 1.
We can see an improvement in terms of Infamous’ hero picks but then the early game was still dominated by NARA eSports. Infamous seemed lost when involved in a teamfight against NARA eSports. After NARA eSports secure the first turtle the game already looked like a one-sided match and it was hard for Infamous to make a comeback. At last, Nara eSports advanced to the grand final to meet with their last opponent Jasper & Friends.
Jasper & Friends vs NARA eSports (1-2)
This was the most awaited match of the qualifier because only 1 team will earn the right to enter the regular season! As expected the game was fiercer whereby Jasper & Friends started the game by getting the first blood and a Turtle. Jasper looked more aggressive in their playstyle compared to their previous match as they secured two Lords in game 1. Even though NARA eSports had a better draft, they still couldn’t stand against the wrath of Jasper & Friends. Eventually, Jasper secured game 1 and took a step closer to qualify for the regular season.
After NARA eSports already identified their mistakes in game 1, they came back stronger with a better line-up and playstyle. As early as minute 2, Jasper & Friends were looking weak after their players were chased and hunted down by Nara eSports. After a long fight, NARA eSports found team Jasper’s weaknesses and they killed them one by one. Unsurprisingly, NARA eSports put up a strong performance and came back into the series by winning game 2.
This was the deciding match on who will advance to MPL-MY/SG regular season and both teams played it carefully during the early game of the match. At minute 7, Jasper & Friends made a mistake by giving NARA eSports the chance to take objectives and it cost them a lot in the game. Team Jasper lost almost every teamfight against NARA eSports even though their hero line-up was evenly matched against NARA eSports. The fighting ended when Jasper & Friends were wiped out by NARA eSports at the 11th minute, giving NARA the final MPL-MY/SG regular season spot!
A big congratulations to NARA eSports who have qualified for the regular season. They will be joining the 9 other teams: Team Reborn, Evos Esports SG, Resurgence, Bosskurr Gaming, GeekFam, Bigetron SG, ICON MY, Mysterious Assassin and Xpax X-Assins.
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