Todak became the first team to qualify for the 2024 APAC Predator League, representing Malaysia.
MALAYSIA – Todak secured a spot at the 2024 APAC Predator League with a 3-2 victory over Team Path in the grand final of the Malaysia qualifier. The best-of-five game took place on LAN at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre to determine which team would take home the grand prize of MYR11,500 (~US$2,440) and earn a slot in the main event in the Philippines, scheduled for January 13-14, 2024.
Todak reached the grand final of the Malaysia Qualifier, having secured victories over Team Circus (2-0), Blitz Esports (2-0), and NEXGA (2-1) in the double-elimination playoffs. In contrast, Team Path carved a path through the entire lower bracket to eventually face off in the qualifying match against Shamir “subbey” Zaman and his team.
“We definitely feel very happy and are very thankful that we managed to win this tournament and booked our slot in Manila, Phillippines,” subbey shared his feelings about winning the qualifier in Kuala Lumpur to GamerBraves. “You know that after spending so many hours practicing in these two weeks, it was a very packed schedule and it finally paid off. We are grateful for that, thank you so much. “
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The best-of-five grand final saw a dynamic exchange of control, with Todak and Team Path each securing the others’ map picks. Todak claimed victories on Lotus (13-8) and Haven (13-11), while Path took hold of Bind (13-10) and Ascent (13-4).
Everything hinged on the fifth map of Fracture where Todak managed to capitalize on the first pistol round on the attack, securing an 8-4 lead at halftime. It appeared as though Todak were set to quickly secure their place, having driven the game to match point with a commanding 12-5 lead. However, Team Path resisted being defeated so easily and forced the game into overtime by clinching seven consecutive rounds, denying Todak chances of closing out the series multiple times.
The ensuing battle saw both teams exchange rounds, extending the game into a second overtime. Ultimately, it was Todak who captured the final two rounds, concluding the match with a 15-13 victory.
“This was a disaster, I thought on our end,” subbey commented on the final map to GamerBraves. “We felt like we started playing not to lose but to win. That’s the different types of mentality, my teammates felt like they could not lose in these certain rounds, even though it would be fine if we lost as there were a lot more rounds that we could work on. Thankfully, we managed to break the mental block and finally got through it and won.”
Todak will have ample time to prepare as they are set to compete against some of Asia’s top representatives from countries including Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, and India, among others, early next year at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines.
- 🇲🇾 Shamir “subbey” Aliff Bin Saifu Zaman
- 🇲🇾 Fakhrul”jeed” Najeed Bin Idris
- 🇲🇾 Tarmizi “kael” Bin Rusli
- 🇲🇾 Muhammad “FrostyZ” Adam Bin Muhamad Nazri
- 🇲🇾 Muhammad “fragile” Aeiman Salleh Bin Hanapi
Predator League Malaysia 2024 final standings:
Cover photo courtesy of Digital Braves