A new era has begun in the Mobile Legends competitive realm. And Filipino powerhouse BREN Esports is finally sitting on the throne.
Battered but somehow alive from the lower bracket, BREN Esports rose from the ashes to claim the M2 World Championship title via a 4-3 victory over Burmese Ghouls at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore, Sunday evening.
BREN Esports bagged US$140,000 (P6,729,870.00).
“Yung ibig sabihin sa akin ng pagkanalo ng M2 is sobrang laki kasi simula ng pagpasok ko ng pro scene gusto ko na maging pinakagaling sa buong mundo,” KarlTzy said.
After a tug of war for the lord in the 12-minute mark of Game Seven, KarlTzy (Claude) was able to pick off RubyDD (Grock) which ignited a full-blown clash for both squads.
BREN Esports, led by Ribo (Harith) and KarlTzy, completed a four-man wipe of Burmese Ghouls which gave them the chance to secure the luminous lord with no contest from the opposing side.
With the lord marching onto the middle lane, BREN Esports started the siege with another pick off on RubyDD. FlapTzy’s Baxia was the second casualty of the blood bath, but KarlTzy was quick to answer with a kill on Dee’s Lapu Lapu and Ace’s Brody, respectively.
Ribo put on the exclamation mark, ending MayBe’s Minsitthar as KarlTzy, Pheww, and Lusty (Chou) locked onto the Burmese’s throne to finish off the match.
KarlTzy ended Game Seven with 10 kills, a death, and six assists. Ribo had four kills, a death, and five assists while FlapTzy added three kills, three deaths, and nine assists in the title-clinching victory.
On the other hand, Ace, who played spectacularly in the entire tournament, was limited to just three kills, three deaths, and five assists. RubyDD had three kills, five deaths, and five assists.
Back in Game One, BREN Esports played the long game in the opener with FlapTzy (Baxia), Pheww (Mathilda), and Lusty (Atlas) providing the space for KarlTzy’s Claude to go online.
Once the 16-year-old core’s power spike was reached, BREN Esports did not let go of their advantage to draw first blood against the Burmese.
The MSC 2018 champion flat out dominated come Game Two. KarlTzy’s Yi Sun Shin and Pheww’s signature Selena were firing their arrows right off the gates, leading BREN Esports’ 26-4 annihilation of the Burmese Ghouls for the 2-0 advantage.
“Yung pinakamahirap na series namin is Game Three kasi triny namin na magbigay ng heroes tapos ayun nalugi kami,” shared Lusty.
The Filipinos, though, looked like they ran out of gas in the following matches. BREN Esports dropped the next three games, including a tightly contested Game Five, which buried them to a 2-3 deficit.
That, until KarlTzy went berserk in Game Six with a defensive Brody to send the series to a winner-take-all Game Seven. The Philippines’ child prodigy prioritized the Immortality as his first core item, which resulted in a 9-1-11 line to lead BREN Esports.
BREN Esports topped Group C with a 2-0 standing to make their way up the upper bracket. However, the MPL-Philippines champion was sent down to the losers’ bracket by the Burmese Ghouls through a sweep.
Facing elimination, the team composed of Southeast Asian Games gold medalists did the unthinkable — dispatching champions after champions in the lower bracket to crawl its way to the grand finals.
BREN Esports first booted out MPL-MY/SG titlist Todak before eliminating arch-rival and ONE Esports MPL Invitational kings Alter Ego in the semis.
The men in black and yellow continued their surge to the top, taking down MPL-Indonesia champion RRQ Hoshi before slaying MPL-Myanmar winner Burmese Ghouls for the Philippines’ first-ever world title.