Bren Esports veterans CJ “Ribo” Ribo and Allan “Lusty” Castromayor have hinted at a possible retirement prior to the start of the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League-Philippines Season Seven.
But with the defending champions settling for a fourth-place finish after a surprising 3-2 reverse sweep from Execration in the lower bracket, the possibility once again resurfaced.
Is this the last time we’ll see Ribo and Lusty?
Well, the two had similar answers when asked in Bren Esports’ post-match press conference.
The two-time MPL champions agreed that they will only leave their respective posts once the team can find suitable replacements who can keep up with young guns Karl “KarlTzy” Nepomuceno and David “FlapTzy” Canon.
“Magpapahangin hangin muna ako saka wala munang ML ganun.
“Siguro magpapakasaya muna ako habang bakasyon, wala pang tournament e. Depende pa baka siguro [mag-retire] kapag may mas deserving pa sa role ko ganun, may mas magaling pa sa akin,” said the winningest Mobile Legends professional player for all time.
Lusty, on the other hand, is willing to give way to the new generation.
“Yung sa akin depende kay Duckeyyy kung makakuha siya ng worth it na kapalit ko.
“Kasi kung walang worth it na kapalit ko ‘di ako makakaalis kasi ayaw ng mga kakampi ko nung hindi makakasabay sa kanila kahit anong training kasi mahirap sabayan yung mga kakampi ko e,” added Lusty, who missed the chance of securing a Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup title – the only trophy missing on his case.
While Ribo said that he will still weigh his options during the off-season, Lusty bared that the he won’t hang his gaming phone just yet if the team still needs his services.
Bren Esports had a grueling schedule prior to Season Seven. After winning the Season Six title, the team competed in the ONE Esports MPL Invitational where they placed second to Indonesian squad Alter Ego.
The Bernard Chong-owned franchise then went on to defy all odds in the M2 World Championship, taking down Myanmar’s Burmese Ghouls in a seven-game series to become the first-ever Filipino world champions.