MPLPH, or the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Philippines, is a professional mobile esports league focused on the popular mobile game Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. Since its establishment in 2018, the MPLPH Esports League has grown into one of the most popular esports leagues in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, with millions of viewers and fans tuning in to watch the best teams perform at the highest level.
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Karltzy injured his finger a day before the MPL PH playoffs (4 May 2023)
Echo's best player, Karl "KarlTzy" Nepomuceno, encountered a minor finger injury one day before the highly anticipated MPL PH season 11 playoffs. The country manager, Mitch Liwanag, confirmed the news on Wednesday night when he stated that KarlTzy's right ring finger had been infected, and as a result he had to be taken to the hospital on Wednesday night.
The good news is that despite his finger injury, KarlTzy has been given the go ahead to play in Echo's upper bracket match on Friday, so he will be able to participate in the match. In the MPL Philippines Season 11 regular season, the 18-year-old was the driving force behind Echo's achievement of securing the second seed with an 11-2 record during the regular season.
Echo's match on Friday will be against the winner of the RSG Slate PH-ONIC PH play-in match-up in the upper bracket semifinals at 5:00 PM at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Echo's fans hope that KarlTzy's injury will not impact his performance and that he can still lead the team to victory in the MPL PH. Echo's star player's injury has caused concern among fans, but the team remains hopeful that they can secure a spot in the playoffs despite this setback.
MPL PH bans Diggie from Season 11 playoffs (4 May 2023)
A major surprise emerged before the start of the MPL PH Season 11 playoffs when League Operations announced the ban of Diggie for the entire post-season. Moonton decided to make this decision after they discovered a bug that could be exploited in the hero in an effort to produce unfair play in the game.
MOONTON Games Regional PR Manager, Keith Niño Medrano said, “We’ve observed a bug related to Diggie’s lock settings and egg mechanic. With this, Diggie will be banned from tournament use for one week starting today. The teams have been informed ahead of the games.”
This decision will have a significant impact on the playoffs, since Diggie is considered to be the best counter-attack against crowd-control roamers such as Khufra and Atlas, as he is considered to be the best counter-attack against them. One team that will be affected is Blacklist International, whose skipper, Jonmar “OhMyV33NUS” Villaluna, is known for his impressive abilities with Diggie. During the M4 World Championship, Diggie played a vital role in countering Blacklist's rival, Echo's signature Chou, helping them win the upper bracket finals.
Demokite skipped MPL PH 11 due to 'personal issue' (21 April 2023)
Former RSG Slate Philippines player, Jonard “Demonkite” Caranto, recently shared the reasons behind his absence from the ongoing MPL Philippines Season 11. During his livestream, he revealed that it was a personal issue that led to his decision and added how the frustration of losing to Echo during the Season 10 lower bracket finals affected him deeply.
In his interview, Demonkite expressed how it could be a very overwhelming experience to play in the MPL, especially if the fans are expecting players to perform at their best every time they play. He added that he didn’t want to play when he was frustrated as it would not have been fair to the team or the fans.
RSG finished third in Season 10, losing to Echo, who later won the M4 World Championship. Demonkite said the loss was too much for him, leading him to step away from the competitive scene.
In spite of his absence, Demonkite remains one of the most sought-after players in Season 12, thanks to his versatile gameplay and wide hero pool that made RSG a formidable team from Seasons 8-10. With the playoffs of Season 11 set to open in less than two weeks, RSG has added John Paul “H2wo” Salonga and John Darry “Irrad” Abarquez to address the hole in the jungler role.
Demonkite’s absence has been felt by fans and fellow players alike. However, his decision to prioritize his personal well-being is admirable, and fans look forward to his return to the MPL PH scene in Season 12.
In conclusion, MPL PH continues to be one of the most exciting and competitive esports tournaments in the Philippines. With the recent news of Diggie's ban and KarlTzy's injury, fans are eagerly anticipating how these developments will affect the upcoming playoffs. Meanwhile, former RSG Slate Philippines player Demonkite's absence from Season 11 has caused fans to speculate about his return in Season 12. The MPL has always been a platform for players to showcase their skills and push their limits, and it's clear that fans can expect nothing less in the future. With the tournament's continued growth and popularity, it's clear that the MPL will remain a major force in the world of esports, not just in the Philippines but around the globe. As fans eagerly wait for the conclusion of Season 11 and the start of Season 12, one thing is for sure - the MPL PH will continue to captivate audiences and bring thrilling competition to the world of esports.