After a grueling and intense Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup (MSC 2021) group stage, eight teams will now battle it out in the playoffs tomorrow, June 10.
But before that, let’s take a look at five of the most picked heroes at MSC 2021 so far and dissect the emerging trends of the tournament.
5. Benedetta (14 games)
Benedetta has been a staple pick in pro play ever since she was introduced to Mobile Legends: Bang Bang late last year. Her skills and mobility are top notch, and she can make or break team fights.
Indonesia’s EVOS Legends Ferxiic played her aggressively, and ultimately carried his team against Malaysia’s Todak on the first day of the group stage.
4. Chou (14 games)
Chou is another hero seems to be a staple no matter the meta. He is considered to be one of the most versatile heroes that can either be played in the offlane or as a tank, making him one of the most picked heroes at MSC 2021.
However, teams are having a difficult time executing him in the tournament, for he only has a 36% win rate.
3. Granger (15 games)
Granger is next on our list. The marksman hero is a trademark pick of Blacklist International’s Wise, one of the best junglers in Southeast Asia.
He’s one of the most picked heroes at MSC 2021 because of how well he fits into the ‘Nice one, Baby’ meta. He deals a lot of damage, but requires constant babysitting in the early game.
It will be hard to out damage him once he gets most of his core items, making him a solid option against aggressive lineups.
2. Harith (15 matches)
In the past, when the funnel strategy was meta, Harith was mainly used in the jungle position. Now, many teams have been using him in the gold lane.
Harith is considered to be one of the hardest matchups for squishy heroes. His ultimate, Zaman Force, turns him into a killing machine who can snowball out of control. This alone makes him one of the most picked heroes at MSC 2021.
1. Lunox (15 games)
Lastly, Lunox is a hero which saw moderate success in MPL PH, but not in MPL ID. One of the most mechanically difficult heroes to play, she hasn’t been a popular pick.
However, nobody can deny how strong she is in the right hands. Lunox has multiple skills that can rip any enemies into pieces in the early game.
One example of this is when Burmese Ghouls’ RubyDD showed her untapped potential at M2 World Championship, which caused many pro players picking her up afterwards.
It seems like many have now realized that Lunox is truly a top tier pick in MSC 2021.
Analyzing the most picked heroes at MSC 2021
Looking at the most picked heroes at MSC 2021, we can see that there are still hints of the ‘Full Strike’ meta despite the ‘Nice one, Baby’ strategy being more popular at MSC 2021.
We can also speculate that teams have been prioritizing flexible heroes that can fulfill multiple roles, such as Chou and Benedetta, confirming the fact that there’s a huge emphasis right now on having solid side lane picks to dominate a game.