Fanny in pro play? ONIC Esports’ Sanz proves it is possible


The most conspicuous hero in the Land of Dawn goes pro.

If there’s one hero in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang that many players don’t enjoy playing against, it’s Fanny.

It’s difficult to play against an experienced Fanny player, especially in the ranked queue. On the downside, she’s rarely seen in pro play because it’s so easy to counter against a well-coordinated team.

This was not the case when ONIC Esports’ Gilang “Sanz” produced them and dominated the defending champions EVOS Legends in Week 5 of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Indonesia Season 8 (MPL ID Season 8).

Mobile Legends hero Fanny debuts in MPL ID Season 8 thanks to ONIC Esports

In the first game of the series, Sanz was able to secure early buffs and eight kills in 10 minutes, giving him a huge advantage for the rest of the game.

Despite the late game failure, ONIC Esports managed to win the game after 35 minutes thanks to a series of crucial team fights that ended in favor of the yellow hedgehog squad.

This is Fanny’s first appearance and victory in MPL ID Season 8. While we may not see her back in the tournament anytime soon, Sanz proved that a one-dimensional hero like Fanny is viable in pro play, as long as your teammates know how to plays around the hero’s playstyle.

ONIC Esports Drian explains why the team chose Fanny in MPL ID Season 8

Player photo of Drian during MPL ID S7
Credit: MPL ID

In the post-game interview, Adrand Larsen “Drian” Wong clarified that the choice wasn’t a last resort, but part of their plan to release the one-of-a-kind hero this season.

“We trained with Fanny and we got good results. It’s just that Sanz felt confident about playing it too,” Drian said.

Drian also warned other teams that giving priority to Fanny was not a wise decision as she was only good under certain conditions.

“Fanny is only viable for certain picks, it cannot always be picked. With heroes like Kaja and Chou, it’s also easy to counter them,” he explained.

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