The group stage is set! With the group draw concluding on June 4, 2019, 12 teams will be fighting it out for a shot at being touted as the best team in the region. Former and current champions of MPL and national representatives are going to battle in what seems to be the best version of MSC yet; a fully diverse line-up with everyone having a little bit of everything from surprise factor picks (Bren Esports’ Franco, anyone?) to solid objective-based gameplay.
Due to the rules on how groups are drawn, no two teams from the same country can compete in the same group. This means each group has its own complexity and no clear sight of who will come out on top of each. In turn, this should allow for a great set of playoff matches. Different nationalities in each group, different playstyles, different feel overall.
A better look at the groups and what’s to come:
Consisting of former and current champions, Group A has teams in what many would consider a hard group to come out on top of. Geek Fam, The MPL-MY/SG Season 3 champions, used to be Geek Fam Mystic under MPL Season 2, has their work cut out for them as they are with MPL-MY/SG Season 1 Champions IDNS and MPL-PH 1st Runner up Bren Esports, the former Aether Main Roster back in MSC 2018.
On this side of the spectrum, we have MPL-MY/SG Season 3 first runner-up EVOS Esports. Their roster consists of players from then Team Impunity (MSC SG champions, 4th place in MSC 2017) and a handful of aspiring talents. EVOS will be facing off against reigning MPL-PH Champions ArkAngel, which sport a never-say-die attitude considering MPL-PH Finals alongside the sole Vietnam representative Overclockers, who will prove their talents amongst seasoned players.
Meanwhile, Group C has Diversity Helheim, the Cambodia representative, which have been consistent in their local scene and making waves across the SEA region. They will be joined by 2 MPL Champions of their respective regions, namely MPL-MM Season 2 Champion Team Resolution and 1st Runner up of MPL-ID Season 3 Louvre SG, which was previously known as Rev and Shadow Council. Refresh
MPL-ID Season 3 champions Onic Esports have some competition as The MPL-MM 1st runner-ups Burmese Esports join them for Group D, adding WAWA Gaming into the mix which represents Laos and can surely put up a fight to claim the top of their group.
The Group Stage of MSC will run from June 19-20 and be streamed via the Mobile Legends: BangBang Official Facebook Page. Following the group stage, the playoffs will take place at the Araneta Coliseum on June 21-23. The battle for the best has begun, and it starts with the group stage!