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Blacklist, ECHO On Quest To Give PH Third Straight MSC Title


The country’s biggest MLBB rivals are competing once again on the global stage in June. Blacklist International and ECHO will represent the Philippines in the upcoming Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup 2023. Set from 10-18 June 2023, the international mid-season MLBB esports tournament will be held for the first time in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

With an outstanding track record in the M3 and M4 World Championships, MSC 2021 and 2022, and the victorious feat in the recent 32nd SEA Games, the Philippines has the highest chance to secure the world title once again.

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This season, the league puts the spotlight on the struggles that give birth to champions, sharing an inspiring message about how esports athletes use their hardships to mold themselves and become unstoppable.

“Both ECHO and Blacklist International had their fair share of defeats before they triumphed and gave glory to the Philippines, now considered the birthplace of greatness. Hardships strengthened the teams as they explore a bigger MSC arena,” says Harry Leonardo, MOONTON Games Esports Marketing Manager. 

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MPL Philippines Season 11 runner-up Blacklist International will be paraded by Edward Jay “EDWARD” Dapadap, Renejay “RENEJAY” Barcase, Danerie James “Wise” Del Rosario, Jonmar “OhMyV33NUS” Villaluna, Kenneth Carl “Yue” Tadeo, and Lee Howard “Owl” Gonzales. The team will be headed by Aniel “Master the Basics” Jiandani and Dexter Louise “Dex Star” Alaba as the coach and analyst, respectively. 

The team is known for its “Ultimate Bonding Experience” Strategy, which aims to stick together in team fights and roam around the map as a unit.

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On the other hand, MPL-PH S11 champions ECHO will be composed of team captain Karl Gabriel “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno, Sanford Marin “Sanford”  Vinuya, Alston “Sanji” Pabico, Frederic Benedict “Bennyqt” Gonzales, Jian Cedric “Jian” Magtibay, and Tristan “Yawi” Cabrera. This time, tactician Robert Alexis “Trebor” Sanchez will be the head coach and Harold Francis “Tictac” Reyes will serve as their analyst. 

The Orcas have been implementing the Kontrapelo strategy or the act of counter-picking their opponent, doing split pushes, and pulling off successful backdoor plays. 

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ECHO’s matches are scheduled on 10 and 11 June 2023 against Laos’s EVO and Turkiye’s Fire Flux Impunity. For Blacklist International, their matches are on 12 and 13 June 2023, with MENA’s Team Occupy and Malaysia’s Todak.

Both ECHO and Blacklist International will hold watch parties within Metro Manila in partnership with MPL Philippines. More details will be shared soon. 

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup (MSC) 2023 starts on 10 June 2023 with 12 teams on a quest to dominate the world. With the theme, #SEATheWorld, MSC 2023 aims to celebrate the gradual global expansion of the tournament and elevate its level of competition further by adding three (3) new contenders from MENA, North America, and Turkiye. 

This year, MSC is supported by ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) as the global partner. Meanwhile, official tournament telco partner Smart and official digital bank Maya join the pool of partners.

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