PETALING JAYA: Gritg Ares, a new eSports squad from Perak, beat 15 other teams to snag the grand prize at the PUBG Mobile National Championship (PMNC) 2021 – RM30,500.
“It feels good to win. We’ve been training by playing 15 scrims (friendly matches against other teams) a day and spent a lot of time analysing our gameplay to improve performance.
“Overall, we trained for more than eight hours a day,” said team captain Muhammad Zalmi “Kimz” Hakim Azhar, 17.
The rest of the members are Muhammad Haikal “Lex” Adam Razak, 17, Muhammad Fahmi “Oliv” Farizal, 22, and Mohd Hafizuddin “Dinx” Suaini, 19. The team was sponsored by Shakeel Bazer, 20.
This is Gritg Ares’ first PMNC tournament, as the team was only formed in November after the members met each other in an online game.
Muhammad Zalmi is based in Perak along with Muhammad Haikal while Muhammad Fahmi and Mohd Hafizuddin are in Selangor.
They didn’t have any issues competing professionally together despite not being in the same room, said Muhammad Zalmi.
“However, we felt nervous as there were other experienced and established teams.
“We were just aiming to finish in the top four. But after a strong performance on the first day of the tournament, we felt confident to go all the way,” said Muhammad Zalmi.
The team’s manager, who only wanted to be known as Tina, 26, shared that she is proud of their achievement but was also surprised they won.
“When I look back, I feel that they truly deserve it as they have been working hard,” she said.
The event which offered a RM100,000 prize pool saw Gritg Ares racking up 192 points while Yoodo Gank secured 188, followed by YSX Esport (X) with 162 and Team Bosskurr with 149.
All four teams have qualified for the PUBG Mobile Pro League Malaysia/Singapore Season 4 (PMPL) which will be held later this year.
“We’re going to start training for PMPL. Perhaps we’ll play more scrims a day and look at how we can improve in terms of communication.
“We’re also happy to be able to make our parents proud. But they have also reminded us not to neglect our studies,” Muhammad Zalmi said.
According to Yoodo, the official digital telco for PMNC 2021, the three-day event which ran from July 16 to 18, attracted 3.1 million views on its official eSports platform.
On YouTube, the last day of the PMNC Grand Finals garnered more than 240,000 views.
The head of Yoodo, Chow Tuck Mun, said in a press statement that this year’s PMNC received more than 30,000 individual registrations.
This is an indication, he said, that local eSports talents are looking to showcase their abilities through professional tournaments.
“Yoodo takes its commitment in supporting these talents very seriously, and we will continue to engage the community through more eSports initiatives in the future,” Chow said.
This year’s PMNC also saw the first ever Ladies Battle tournament in Malaysia.
Team DR SC PPG emerged as champion, netting RM5,000 from the RM10,000 prize pool.
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