Team Flash’s new superteam brings together former rivals Adammir and Diablo

Picture from left to right: Keith “Vanix” Lim Wei Jun, Adam “Adammir” Chong Jin Ee, Akihiro “JPL” Furusawa, Yeo “Diablo” Wee Lun, Jankurt “KurtTzy” Russel Matira, and Jaymark “Hadess” Aaron Thomas Lazaro. (Image: Moonton)

In the past, Adam “Adammir ” Chong and Yeo “Diablo” Wee Lun, both prominent Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) players, competed against each other with Adammir’s Team Flash achieving a narrow 4-3 triumph over RSG Singapore in the MLBB Professional League (MPL) Season 6 finals.

They became teammates in the re-formed Team Flash, readying to make their first appearance at the coming 2024 Games of the Future held in Russia, with a reward fund of US$1 million up for grabs.

The refurbished team also features a series of re-encounters, with Adammir joining forces again with his ex-co-player from EVOS SG, Akihiro “JPL” Furusawa, and the recently inducted Jankurt “KurtTzy” Matira pairing up with his former fellow from Echo, Jaymark “Hadess” Lazaro.

This freshly constructed superinal squad, including Keith “Vanix” Lim and comprised entirely of renowned figures, is set to make waves in the Southeast Asian scene.

KurtTzy, for the first time, ventures beyond the Philippine stage with Team Flash. When queried about relocating from the first team to the academy team, the 21-year-old insisted that he wanted a change of scene.

KurtTzy in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Esports SEA said, “I simply wished to try out a new setting since I had been with ECHO for 3 years. I’ve played with Hadess (at ECHO) and missed supporting him.”

Seeking Advancements

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Diablo, previously associated with RSG Singapore, chose to leave the team after about three years with them. Team Flash’s offered progression and the potential in the new lineup prompted this choice.

DIablo said, “I tend to believe that perhaps Team Flash provides the advancements I’m seeking for, meaning progress this year as there are several global events and my wish is to participate in most of them to gain maximum exposure.”

Another consideration in making this shift was the departure of his former teammate from RSG Singapore, Brayden “BRAYYY” Teo, as he moved to National Service. 2023 marked the last year when Diablo and BRAYYY would be on identical sides for the foreseeable future.

“I did give them (Diablo’s former RSG Singapore teammates) a hint that I’m moving to Team Flash,” stated Diablo.

“Needless to say, the previous season was most likely one of the last opportunities for the old RSG Singapore roster to play together.”

Stepping Aside

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The new entrant, Diablo, also led to roster changes, with Adammir leaving the EXP laner position and transitioning into an analytical role for the side. Adammir’s duties will include identifying errors, formulating tactics, and replacing players should they be unavailable for practice.

Age was a vital factor influencing this change of role for the 24-year-old.

“It’s more like a natural flow of change. I’m old this year in gaming years,” Adammir mentioned.

“I do retain a sway for esports, but I’m not as confident in my gaming abilities as I was when I was with EVOS SG or others.”

Addressing the competition between him and Diablo, and its influence on the team’s results, Adammir clarified that “It’s essentially a friendly competition arisen out of mutual respect,” and it won’t impact the team.

Interestingly, Diablo was precisely the player that Adammir was most keen to team up with due to his unique gaming style. Adammir pointed to Diablo using Jawhead, a character among other things reserved for tournaments in the roam spot, as a damaging character in the EXP lane.

“To some extent, Diablo aids in establishing a new meta for Team Flash,” Adammir noted.

Continuing the Effort

Funnily enough, while the ex-EXP laner observes his retirement nearing, Diablo is focused on going the distance as long as he is capable, despite their similar ages.

“I aim to play for as long as I can until I genuinely feel unable to play anymore,” the 25-year-old said.

“Perhaps in around one or two years, I may discern a slowing down in my reflexes. But right now, I can already sense a bit of it lah.

Only the future will reveal if this lineup fulfils their aspirations, but the team is pleased with their current progress, feeling positive that they have a fair chance against the strong teams from the Philippines and Indonesia towards the year’s end.

“At present, I’d say we should be capable of competing with teams from Cambodia and potential underdog teams,” he said.

Team Flash composition:

  • Exp lane -Yeo “Diablo” Wee Lun

  • Jungler – Jaymark “Hadess” Aaron Thomas Lazaro

  • Mid – Jankurt “KurtTzy” Russel Matira

  • Gold Lane – Keith “Vanix” Lim

  • Roamer – Akihiro “JPL” Furusawa

  • Analyst – Adam “Adammir” Chong Jin Ee

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