Ah, the iconic mobile multiplayer game – Mobile Legends (popularly known as ML for short). If you haven’t heard of it, you’ve probably been living under a rock or you’re over 40. It seems like everywhere I turn, there’s always somebody playing Mobile Legends. Amongst many, there’s the “play until forget to alight and miss bus stop” kind, the “late night coffee shop supper/chill/play ML” kind and not forgetting the “last rank game but proceeds to play another 10 before actually stopping” kind. If you’re contemplating hopping on to the bandwagon or know of someone who’s been playing the game but honestly plays like he/she/they could REALLY use some tips, share this with them.
If you’re playing the role of a marksman, don’t behave like a tank
Image credit: Bonz account on Mobile Legends Bang Bang
STAND. BACK. Repeat after me, stand back. You do not chiong (rush) towards the enemy. Initiating is the tank’s job, they are the ones with the high HP and can really withstand a beating. As a marksman (mm), you won’t last – especially during the early game. Of course, don’t stand so far back that your tank dies before you land your attacks.
Your sole purpose is to “don’t troll, farm first”, when your attacks start to pack a punch (usually during the later part of the game), that’s when you really come in – follow your teammates, whack the enemy, and carry your allies to victory.
Don’t be a burden
I absolutely cannot emphasise this enough, don’t be a burden – at least not when it’s avoidable. Phone battery low? Don’t play. Poor internet connection? Don’t play. If you’re really itching to play and can’t seem to get a better internet connection no matter what you do or where you go, just play brawl mode. On behalf of ML players everywhere, please don’t play rank mode, thank you. Feel like practicing a new hero? Play custom mode with friends or classic mode, again, please don’t play rank mode. Don’t play with my stars.
Fancy skins are pretty to look at but no, they do not directly improve your gameplay
“Wah the Cecilion skin damn nice sia!” Yes, nice is nice. If you have too much money to spare and don’t know what to spend it on, by all means buy the skin(s) you like for your hero. Just don’t forget to spend time training the hero as well. Otherwise, you’re probably just gonna lose in style.
Don’t waste time with “toxic” players (ally or enemy team)
You can’t control what others say/type in the game, you can however decide how you react to it. If they’re saying something that gets on your nerves, just mute them. If they type something that triggers you, don’t waste your time satisfying them with a response. Stay focused on the game while they get distracted with typing. Pay attention to the mini-map, who knows you might be able to catch them at a time when they’re typing and attack their hero with 0 resistance on their end. That’ll bring about the sweet, sweet words “you have slain an enemy!”. No wonder people say revenge is sweet (it’s still just a game though, don’t take it too seriously). Furthermore, when you’re actually winning the game and can spare a few seconds to type one last thing, just say “surrender is in settings”. Well, you know, just in case they don’t know where to find it 😉
If you’re going to participate in MCL, ensure you have a solid team of 5
Trust me, I’ve been there. There have been times when I’ve got a solid team of 4 members (that’s including me) joining the league and since our last player was unavailable we chose the “find your teammates” option (it randomly matches you up with someone else looking for a teammate). IT’S A TRAP. Most times you either meet a player who is out to troll the game, or would somehow end up AFK-ing mid-way through the game, or just straight out insist on playing a hero that is not helpful to the team’s line up. It’s really a game of Russian roulette – except in this case, 5 rounds instead of 1 are loaded. The odds are not in your favour. Join MCL with teammates you practice and have good communication with, it increases your odds of winning.