After a successful debut yesterday against Omega Esports, Bren Esports rookie Muj “Malik” Malik was given a harsh reality check by Blacklist International on Saturday night.
The 17-year-old gold laner struggled in his second game in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League-Philippines Season Eight. He finished Game One without a kill, registering three deaths and two assists on Pharsa before capping the night with a 2-5-5 line in Game Two on his Lunox.
Bren Esports, despite a strong showing from Karl “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno’s Paquito in Game Two, fell via sweep against the defending champion.
With this, the pride of Cotabato City vowed to shake off the jitters and come back better tomorrow against RSG PH.
“Yung mga sinabi sa akin kanina, after nung loss namin sa Blacklist International, iaapply ko na lang bukas,” promised Malik.
“Gagawin ko talaga!”
According to Bren Esports head coach Francis “Duckey” Glindro, Malik felt the pressure early on which definitely translated in the match.
“To be fair, medyo na-pressure kasi si Malik,” said the MPL champion coach. “Na-pressure siya lalo na mataas yung expectations sa kaniya kasi panalo kahapon, maganda yung performance niya and everyone was like dapat ganiyan yung performance mo, dapat ganito.”
With Malik experience his first loss in the league, Duckey hopes his young ward learns a thing or two about complacency.
After all, it took his elder teammates in Bren numerous heartbreaks before they became the world’s best.
“Siguro rin pumasok sa utak niya na, ‘Ah okay ganito pala yung MPL’ but then again, na-remind ko naman siya na yun nga ‘wag papasukin sa utak yung mga panalo,” he continued. “Don’t be complacent kasi yun yung nagiging resulta for the complacency.
“Ayun, na-discuss naman na namin sa kanya and ‘yan, ganiyan pakiramdam ng matalo, expect mo na ‘yan gaya nga ng sabi ko sa kanila paulit ulit hindi mo maipapanalo lahat ng games,” he further stressed.
Bren Esports, who remained at the last spot with four points and a 1-4 standing, will take on RSG PH for the second time tomorrow at 8:00 PM.