The Mobile Legends: Bang Bang World Championship (M3) will be held in Singapore once again from December 6-19, 2021, with 16 teams across the globe participating in the international flagship tournament.
In its third iteration, M3 will see new regions – such as the Middle East, North America, LATAM, and Turkey – compete for the coveted title and a combined prize pool of USD 800,000. The participating teams will be seeded into three pools, and further grouped into four different batches through a lottery to ensure that no teams from the same region will be in the same group.
All teams will be competing offline.
“We are thrilled to have M3 at Singapore again this year,” said Moonton Games managing director of esports, Lucas Mao. “The Singapore Tourism Board and local authorities have been working closely with us to produce a safe and hospitable event for all gamers.
“We are very much grateful for the continued partnership, and we look forward to reaching new esports heights with M3.”
“We are excited to welcome the largest Mobile Legends: Bang Bang tournament back to Singapore this year,” added Singapore Tourism Board executive director for attractions, entertainment, and tourism concept development Jean Ng. “MOONTON Games’ confidence in hosting the M3 World Championship in Singapore is testament to our ability to execute events safely and reinforces our position as a world-class esports destination.
“We look forward to welcoming all qualifying teams to Singapore, and to connecting with fans and esports enthusiasts around the world.”
Blacklist International is set to go up against Mobile Legends: newcomers while ONIC PH will have to fight through the bracket of death in the world championships.
The back-to-back MPL Philippines champion headlined Group A along with MPL Brazil champion Red Canids, Latin America qualifiers champion Malvinas Gaming, and Turkey qualifiers top squad BDL.
Meanwhile, ONIC PH will be in Group B along with sister team and MPL Indonesia champion ONIC Esports, MPL Malaysia runner up and three-time worlds participant Todak, and MPL Brazil second placer KEYD.
MPL SG titlist EVOS SG is in Group C together with MPL Cambodia champion SeeYouSOon, Russia Qualifiers champion NaVi, and North American qualifier champion BTK. On the other hand, composing Group D is MPL Malaysia kings Team SMG, MPL Indonesia runner up and M1 champion RRQ Hoshi, Middle East qualifiers champion GX Squad, and MPL Singapore second placer RSG SG.
The top two teams from the best-of-one group stage matches will go up the lower bracket while the bottom two squads will be relegated down the lower bracket.
The first and second round of the lower bracket will be best-of-three while round three and above, along with the upper bracket games, will be best-of-five.
Reigning M2 World Champion Bren Esports missed the tournament after a horrendous MPL Philippines Season Eight campaign that saw them finish seventh out of eight teams.
The tournament will begin on December 6.