Roaming main Jefferdson “Kekedot” Mogol and jungler Bryan Janus “Janus” Badando were so excited when they got the call from Cignal Ultra.
Playing on a team would finally fulfill their lifelong dream of becoming a professional esports player in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL).
Just like many newcomers, the rookies faced a myriad of challenges in their debut season.
Debuting in MPL PH Season 7
In an interview with ONE Esports, both Janus and Kekedot acknowledged that the experience was an eye-opener. “It’s very different when you’re in the pro scene,” said Kekedot.
“The anxiety I felt during my MPL debut made me realize that I still have a lot to improve on when it comes to my playstyle.”
Cignal Ultra underwent a lot of changes going into season seven. The departure of Lord Hadesss and Tsujin opened the door for Janus and Kekedot to be part of one of the biggest esports organizations in the country.
Janus shared the same sentiment, saying the intensity in the MPL is far greater than any ranked game and scrimmages he has ever been in.
“It’s in the MPL where you’ll realize many things as a pro player,” said Janus.
Kekedot and Janus conquer their fear
Fortunately, the butterflies in their stomach gradually subside the more game days they played. It’s all thanks to coach Paul Denver “Yebmaester” Miranda, who gave Kekedot and Janus advice on how to get over their anxiety in-game.
Veteran teammates Douglas Joseph “Imbadeejay” Astibe II and Jhones Alonzo “RHEA” De Leon also served as inspiration to the rookies.
“Imbadeejay is the calmest in the team as he always motivates us to do better in our performance,” said Kekedot.
During off-days, the team also bonds by playing parlor games and other video games to calm their nerves while building chemistry with the team.