BY ADIL 'GM BONCH8' HISHAM
In Day 1, Kuala Lumpur Hunters (KLH) began their Garena Premier League campaign on the right foot by defeating Vietnam’s second team, Young Generations (YG) but failed to extend their run against Team Manila Eagles (TME) from Philippines and Resurgence from Singapore.
GAME 1 | KLH VS. YG : Welcome to the Veki show!
KLH’s record against Vietnam counterparts have not been great but have showed signs of improvement after the Hunters took down YG, the second seeded GPL team for Vietnam this split.
KLH Veki has been performing to his best all split but the match was neck-and-neck for most parts of the game with YG getting early towers but KLH meeting drake objectives . The tide turned for KLH following QaspieL’s heroic Baron steal on Sejuani at 24 mins.
The KLH onslaught began soon after in Mid Lane as ArrHedge conjured a three-man Shockwave on Orianna to engage a wild goose chase for Veki who went on to secure a triple kill (and unofficial Quadra kill). The play allowed KLH to secure a crucial win against a top opponent.
GAME 2 | KLH VS. TME : Aurelion Sol pick backfires
KLH were hoping to make amends for their performance against Philippines in GPL Spring which eventually saw them miss out on a slot at Rift Rivals. During the Picks & Bans phase, the question on everyone’s mind: Why Aurelion Sol? Having seen Corki picked up by TME’s mid laner, KLH ArrHedge opted to use their final pick to lock-in the Star Forger.
KLH have been known to show up on stage with a few unorthodox team drafts but their strategy was ultimately to no avail against TME. Credit to the Hunters for doing their best to hold the game as long as they did as Veki’s laning phase was second to none despite falling behind. However,TME were playing more efficiently and were even more concise as a unit.
GAME 3 | KLH VS. RSG : InTresso’s TF returns to haunt KLH
Singapore’s RSG proved to be a feisty encounter for Malaysia’s KLH as the Top 2 teams from the SAM server clashed in the final game of the day. KLH would hold a better head-to-head record and overall GPL placing in the past year. However, RSG’s lineup would see former Bangkok Titans & SEA Serpents players InTresso steal the show.
Known for his signature Twisted Fate pick, RSG InTresso had destiny in his hands and put heavy pressure on KLH Shiro which eventually saw them wrap up the game quite comfortably. Outdrafted and outplayed, there was to be no comeback from the Hunters who will need to pick up at least 4 more wins to reach the GPL Playoffs.