The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup (MSC), the region’s premier Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) tournament, will be held in Manila on June 19 to 23, 2019. The competition will happen at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.
The tournament is expected to be one of the most exciting e-sports event to be held in the country. “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 of Moonton. Montoon is the Shanghai-based developer and publisher of the highly popular mobile multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game.
Twelve invited teams from nine different Southeast Asian countries will be competing for the title of MSC Champion. Countries with Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional Leagues (MPL) like the Philippines, Indonesia, and Myanmar will each send two teams. Meanwhile, Malaysia and Singapore will send one team each. Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia are hosting local qualifiers with the winning team from each country qualifying for MSC.
As of writing, 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), Malaysia’s Geek Fam, and Singapore’s EVOS Esports SG (1st and 2nd place winners at MPL-MY/SG Season 3).
MSC 2019 will begin with a group stage draw on June 4, 2019. Here, all participating teams will be drawn into four groups. Fans can see this draw live on MLBB’s Facebook page. On June 19 to 20, the group stage will kick off to determine which teams land a spot in the upper bracket of the playoffs.
The remaining teams will then meet in a play-in tround to compete for the last four spots in the lower bracket of the playoffs. Both the play-in round and playoffs will take place on the big stage from June 21 to 23, 2019 at the 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 is available at https://www.facebook.com/MobileLegendsOnlinePH/.