MANILA, MAY 2019 – the region’s elite Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) tournament, is coming to Manila this June 19 to 23, 2019 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum. This is the first time an Esports tournament will be held at this historic place in Manila. MSC 2019 is going to be the biggest and most exciting MLBB esports event to take place in the Philippines.
“MLBB fans here in the Philippines have shown great love for the game and the level of MLBB esports talent here is outstanding. In fact, MSC 2018’s 1st and 2nd place winners were both Filipino teams. It is only fitting for us to have MSC, the region’s most prestigious MLBB esports tournament, right here in Manila. At Moonton, we are proud to have created a game that has resonated well in the SEA region. Much of that success is thanks to the passion shown by our community here, so this one’s for you,” said JJ Lin, Esports Manager, Moonton.
MSC 2019: Invited teams and format
MSC will see a total of 12 teams invited from nine different Southeast Asian countries. They will compete for the prestigious title of MSC Champion. The Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar will each send two teams, with the exception of Malaysia and Singapore which will send one team each. Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are hosting local qualifiers with the winning team from each country qualifying for MSC.
To date, the confirmed teams invited to MSC 2019 are Onic Esports and Louvre Esports from Indonesia (1st and 2nd place winners at MPL-ID Season 3), as well as Malaysia’s Geek Fam and Singapore’s EVOS Esports SG (1st and 2nd place winners at MPL-MY/SG Season 3).
MSC 2019 will kick off with a group stage draw on 4 June 2019 where all participating teams will be drawn into four groups. Fans can catch this draw live on MLBB’s Facebook page. On 19 and 20 June, the group stage will take place to determine which teams get a spot in the upper bracket of the playoffs. The remaining teams will then face off in a play-in round to fight for the last four spots in the lower bracket of the playoffs. Both the play-in round and playoffs will happen on the big stage from June 21 to 23, 2019 at SMART Araneta Coliseum.
“Besides being the main venue of the Philippines Basketball Association, The Big Dome has provided a stage for some truly historic events, such as the ‘Thrilla in Manila’ where boxing legend Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier in 1975. From sports to esports, we’re excited to bring the very first esports event to the iconic SMART Araneta Coliseum,” added Lin.
The entire tournament including the group stages will be streamed live on Facebook at the official Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Facebook page. More information and details will be released there, so be sure to follow the page at https://www.facebook.com/MobileLegendsOnlinePH/.
About Mobile Legends: Bang Bang SEA Cup
The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang SEA Cup (MSC) 2019 is the region’s most coveted, elite-level tournament where 12 qualifying teams from 9 countries battle to be crowned the best in Southeast Asia. Participating countries include the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Winners of the Mobile Legends Professional League (MPL) in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Myanmar are directly invited to MSC 2019, while teams representing the remaining countries are selected through national qualifiers. MSC 2019 in Manila has a total prize pool of US$120,000. It is supported by Legendary Sponsor Smart and presented by Moonton.