EVOS Legends are the champs at MLBB World Championship 2019
By Digital News Asia November 21, 2019
- The tournament featured a total cash prize pool of US$250,000
- Eight teams qualified from the Group Stages to the Playoffs
IT WAS an action-packed week for fans of the multiplayer online battle arena mobile game Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB), with Shanghai Moonton Technology hosting its first ever world championship - MLBB World Championship 2019 (M1).
The tournament (better known as M1) featured a total cash prize pool of US$250,000. M1 consisted of eight direct invited teams via Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) and eight qualified teams via M1 qualifiers held across the globe, to bring out the ultimate top 16 MLBB teams. After their battles during the recent Group Stages on Nov 11 – 14, 2019, the top eight teams continued to battle it out at the grand stage of the Playoffs held on Nov 15 – 17, 2019 at Axiata Arena, Kuala Lumpur.
The eight teams that qualified from the Group Stages to the Playoffs were Rex Regum Qeon (RRQ) (Indonesia), EVOS Legends (Indonesia), VEC Fantasy Main (Vietnam), Burmese Ghouls (Myanmar), Axis Esports (Malaysia), Todak (Malaysia), Sunsparks (Philippines) and 10second Gaming + (Japan).
With a 4 - 3 score against RRQ, EVOS Legends (pic, above) emerged as the first-ever MLBB world champion, taking home the bragging rights and a whopping US$80,000 from the tournament’s prize pool.
“Our goal is to bring together individuals who have a passion gor MLBB and e-sports through M1. We have witnessed the effort and training involved from our professional players who have striven their best for their dreams.
“We want to encourage everyone to create value for the things they love and to further realise their dreams. We also want to contribute what we can to the development of the entire e-sports industry through M1,” said Shanghai Moonton Technology chief executive officer Justin Yuan.
The M1 Playoffs was not only filled with MLBB action, but also other activities. Syed Saddiq, Minister of Youth and Sports, was M1’s guest of honour and came down to support the event on the grand finals day.
Malaysian band, K-Clique, gave a performance during Day 2. A cosplay performance was also held by the cosplayers at M1 during the grand finals day.
M1 is organised by Shanghai Moonton Technology Co, Ltd, together with sponsor, U Mobile, and live stream partner, YouTube Gaming.
Although the world championship is over, MLBB will continue to grow further - by generating the first e-sports gold medal in the upcoming 2019 SEA Games.
The 30th SEA Games will be hosted in the Philippines, from Nov 30 to Dec 11, with the e-sports events scheduled from Dec 5 to 10. This will be the first time that e-sports is contested as a medal event in the SEA Games.
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