MLBB coach John Michael “Zico” Dizon has announced his retirement from the professional scene.
“Burned out lang ako since four years na ako sa scene na tuloy-tuloy which is super draining talaga.
“Na-achieve ko na rin yung goal ko na mag champion. I think nagfe-fade na rin yung gutom ko na manalo and best way for me to bring back the hunger is at least to take a rest from the pro scene,” he explained.
Zico is one of the most well-traveled MLBB coaches, having served one season with Burn x Flash where he won the MPL Cambodia Autumn 2022 title, qualifying him for the M4 World Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia.
He also had a one-season stint with the Cambodian side Pro Esports before moving to MPL Malaysia with Team Secret.
“I still don’t know what’s next for me now kasi gusto ko lang muna pahinga talaga. Content creation siguro or something related pa rin na may interaction with the community,” Zico told Tiebreaker Times in an exclusive interview.
“We’ll see but I’ll still be present sa M5 and mga future events ng MLBB.”
The 23-year-old coach started his esports career as the roamer of Onic Philippines back in MPL Philippines Season 4 and participated as the Philippine representative in the M1 World Championship.
In Season 7, he was taken on as an analyst by Nexplay Esports before being elevated to the team’s head coach in Season 8.