It was a nail-biting finish for RSG SG, defending champions of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Singapore (MPL SG) at the Season 4 grand final held at Our Tampines Hub on 9 Oct.
The team beat its fiercest rival Slate Esports 4-3 to become back-to-back season champions and the first team in MPL SG history to finish an entire season without losing a single match.
It not only took home the title and the S$30,000 prize, the win also placed them in a sweet spot to compete at the US$800,000 (S$1.15 million) M4 World Championship, which will be held in Jakarta in January 2023.
Established in 2017, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) Esports is a platform for esports players to pursue their dreams of becoming athletes and throw a light on opportunities within the international esports ecosystem.
It has since expanded to multiple leagues across the world, including the MPL and M-series hosted worldwide. It was one of the esports games featured at the 2019 and 2021 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
The suspenseful tug of war for the title and prize money
The encounters between the RSG SG and Slate Esports throughout the season was nothing short of thrilling. RSG SG struck first with a 2-0 win in the League and followed up with a cliff-hanging 3-2 win on Day One of the playoffs.
It was only after Slate Esports dispatched EVIL comfortably (3-0) in the Lower Bracket Finals that the stage was set for a highly anticipated finale between the sworn rivals and when Slate Esports got off to a great start by taking the first game, there was no letting up by RSG SG.
The see-saw battle drove the crowd of more than 500 fans at Our Tampines Hub going wild. Both teams traded the lead in a closely fought game until the final, winner-takes-all game when RSG SG sealed the deal.
They were awarded the prize money by founder and managing director of Zenway Production Lee Jian Ming.
With the end of Season 4, RSG SG will be focusing on the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang World Championship (M4), in Jakarta in January next year. They will be pitting their skills against 16 of the world’s best teams for the prestigious title of World Champions and grab the lion’s share of the US$800,000 prize money.