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Revamped Team SMG wins MPL MY Season 8 with a grand final sweep

After three consecutive 7-8th place finishes in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Malaysia Season 8 (MPL MY Season 8), Team SMG is now on top.

A refreshed Team SMG swept Todak, 4-0, to claim the organization’s first-ever MPL MY crown.

Team SMG’s MPL MY Season 8 playoff journey to reach the grand final

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Malaysia Season 8 (MPL MY Season 8) champion, Team SMG

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The orange tigers started strong in the upper bracket by defeating Todak and top-seed Orange Esports to qualify for the grand final.

In the lower bracket, Todak went ham and swept Homebois and Geek Fam. They then narrowly defeated Orange Esports, 3-2, in the semifinal series. With the win, Todak booked another rematch in the grand final.

Surprisingly, the MPL MY Season 8 grand final was a lopsided affair, as Team SMG gave no breathing room for Todak in all four games.

Former ONIC Esports Indonesia’s Lu “SaSa” Khai Bean, who was pivotal in ONIC Esports’ championship run in MSC 2019, was laser-focused all throughout the series for Team SMG.

SaSa was later proclaimed the MVP of the series after a dominant performance in all four games. On Clint in the game two, he was able to shut down Todak using a marksman who isn’t meta in the current competitive climate.

The team will receive the lion’s share of the US$100,000 prize pool.

Team SMG will represent Malaysia for the first time in the M3 World Championship

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M3 World Championship logo

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Team SMG, led by former RRQ Hoshi coach and two-time Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Indonesia champion James “Jamesss” Chen, will represent Malaysia for the first time in the prestigious M3 World Championship.

First runner-up Todak will have another chance at redemption as they have also qualified for the M3 World Championship, their third appearance in the most-awaited Mobile Legend: Bang Bang tournament of the year.