Geek Fam swept Alter Ego in week five of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Indonesia Season 10 (MPL ID Season 10) regular season, finally snapping their three-game losing streak.
Geek Fam started the series on a high after going 10-0 clear in Game 1, thanks to the combined efforts of PH imports Allen “Baloyskie” Baloy’s Grock and Jaymark “Janaaqt” Lazaro’s Fanny.
In the second game, EXP laner Luke locked Fredrinn, the first time the new tank hero was chosen in the tournament.
Unlike the rout in Game 1, Game 2 was a much closer back-and-forth affair. However, The Rogue Appraiser immediately made his presence felt, soaking up all the damage and getting the winning team’s fight on late in the game to secure the 2-0 victory.
Geek Fam Luke Shows How Tanky Fredrinn Really Is
Geek Fam only had a slight tower and gold advantage after 13 minutes. Alter Ego were defending the high ground when they caught Luke pushing himself deep into the bot lane. Alter Ego’s Julian “LeoMurphy” Murphy’s Chou then activated his Conceal Blessing in an effort to get an easy hold.
Luke noticed the concealment and attempted to escape into the jungle, but LeoMurphy blinked and activated the dragon’s path, knocking him back towards three Alter Ego members.
Luke was apparently screwed. He took damage from Chou from LeoMurphy, Esmeralda from Rafly Alvareza “Pai” Sudrajat, Valentina from Muhammad Julian “Udil” Ardiansyah, and Paquito from Eldin Rahadian “Celiboy” Putra in the tri-bush in the jungle of the way of the down.
But he miraculously survived the team fight, showing just how incredibly tanky the hero can be. He activated Fredrinn’s Brave Assault to reposition himself in a tighter area before casting Energy Eruption for the defensive stat boost. He then used Brave Assault again to jump over the wall to the bot lane.
By then, Janaaqt’s Fanny was already in the bot lane, trying to support Luke. Janaaqt got a double kill, eliminating Esmeralda and Valentina and forcing the remaining Alter Ego players to retreat to base. At the end of the fight, Fredrinn still had about 20% of his HP, which speaks to the resilience of the new hero once he collects his basic items.
This sudden change in momentum changed the course of the match. Geek Fam secured two base turrets and the upgraded Lord, eventually pushing all the way through mid lane to win the series.
In a post-game press conference, the rookie, who played for Geek Fam Jr in MDL in Season 5, explained why he chose the Rogue Appraiser.
“I think Fredrinn is strong and pretty easy to use, especially against melee heroes,” he said. “Perhaps his only downside is his weak laning phase.”
Although he deals less damage than other EXP laners, Luke agreed that Fredrinn’s strength lies in his skills, especially his Energy Eruption and Courageous Assault, which can stun multiple enemies in quick succession.
“This hero has a big impact in team fights,” he added.
Geek Fam will next face defending champion RRQ Hoshi on Saturday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. GMT+8. Follow ONE Esports on Facebook for more Mobile Legends: Bang Bang esports news and updates.
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