Malaysian Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) professional team Bosskurr said the MLBB Professional League (MPL) Invitational 4 Nation Cup had been an eye-opener for them.

The regional tournament, featuring teams from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Myanmar, replaced the cancelled MLBB Southeast Asia Cup and kicked off last Friday.

For the Malaysian side, they started off on the wrong foot as they lost to Evos SG in the first Group B match but kept their qualifying hopes alive by beating Singaporean team Notorious Villains on the same day.

With a 1-1 record, it means Bosskurr must beat Indonesia's Alter Ego Esports on Saturday, live on eGG Network and Astro Arena in Malaysia, to reach the play-offs.

Ahead of their do-or-die match, Bosskurr's Ahmad Ali Huzaifi "Leixia" Abdullah Hazawi expressed his awe at the level of competition.

"It isn't called the [MLBB] Professional League for no reason, as all the competing teams are expected to be strong and difficult," he told Astro Arena.

"We always analyse our enemy team's heroes and rotations before we discuss strategy or adapt to their Meta [heroes], but I feel that we were still unprepared in our loss to Evos.

"We were caught off-guard by their Meta selection, which was really unexpected. However, we have learned a lot from the defeat, and will continue to learn."

Leixia was also optimistic about his side's chances of coming out on top on Saturday.

"There will always be hope for us to [beat Alter Ego and qualify for the play-offs]. If we train well and play smart, we can do it.

"This is not an individual game but a team game, so we need to be on the same wavelength," he added.

Meanwhile, team-mate Amir Afdhal "Syno" Ruzlan admitted that Malaysia was still behind several countries in terms of esports development.

"You can see from preparations by other teams, in terms of player facilities such as phones and accommodation.

"[Those are necessary] for the esports industry to grow. [Esports] is still very new in our country and it will take some time before we catch up with others," he said.