UPDATE: ECHO Philippines swept the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M3 champion Blacklist last Sunday, January 15, to become the M4 Grand Champions at the Tennis Indoor Senayan in Indonesia.
The Orcas bounced back after getting sent by the Codebreakers to the lower bracket during their upper finals matchup earlier on Friday, January 14, with Jonmar “OhMyV33NUS” Villaluna sending a “message” to their opponent.
“I don’t know. Maybe it’s kinda like expected. Because there are a lot of overpowered heroes right now. They also have to watch for Hadji’s Pharsa and Edward’s Benedetta. Maybe… uhh… it’s the reason why they lost once again,” Villaluna concluded after winning the series.
But as ECHO came back from the lower bracket, they took Villaluna’s message to heart and swept Blacklist in a best-of-seven series.
With the prize pool at $800,000, the Orcas had a share of $300,000 or P16 million. Blacklist, on the other hand, as the second placer, will be taking home $120,000 (P6.5 million).
Karl “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno is also the first MLBB player to acquire two titles under two different teams. He first clenched the world title back in 2021 when he was with Bren Esports.
Fredric “BennyQT” Gonzales, in the early minutes of game 1, already had three kills as ECHO pushed Blacklist, particularly in the gold lane. The Codebreakers felt the pressure, and by the 12th minute, the money gap was already at 7,000.
Because of this strategy, the Orcas ended the game in just 15 minutes.
Game 2 also had a similar outcome, with BennyQT leading his team to a 2-0 lead.
Blacklist failed to answer in the last remaining rounds and finally succumbed to the overwhelming power and strategy of ECHO.
The Finals MVP was BennyQT, who received an additional P500,000, becoming the third Filipino to bag the award.
OhMyV33NUS pens a heartwarming message
Following their defeat, the Blacklist captain OhMyV33NUS wrote a message to their OKBET fans and supporters. He put into writing the pain after losing to ECHO four games in a row.
However, as former champions who also had their share of ups and downs, OhMyV33NUS was still grateful for the chance and support they received throughout the tournament.
“Ngayon palang nagsi-sink in yung mga nangyare at itong pakiramdam na ‘to, sobrang pamilyar sakin. Yung feeling na gusto mong umiyak pero wala nang luha na lumalabas. Siguro nga dahil maraming beses na din kaming napunta sa ganitong point, at sa sobrang daming beses, parang manhid na ako.
“Pero despite of all these things, I still feel blessed dahil sa sobrang daming taong sumuporta sa amin, hindi lang sa Pilipinas, pati na din sa buong mundo, lalo yung mga nagpunta dito sa Indonesia at talagang nakipag-beklaban ng malala sa fans ng ibang team. Super thankful ako sa lahat ng mga taong hindi tumigil at patuloy pa rin na nagtitiwala sa mga kakayahan namin. Grace under defeat,” he wrote.
Villaluna then promised they would be back in the next world tournament “stronger than ever,” assuring all their fans that “this is still not the last of us.”
Meanwhile, M5 will be held in the Philippines.