Philippines and Indonesia Clash in the First Round of the IESF WEC ML:BB Playoffs

Last November 14, 2022, the International Esports Federation (IESF) released the playoffs bracket for 14th IESF World Esports Championship for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang where the top 8 teams from around the world will compete in Bali, Indonesia from December 3-11, 2022 including the Philippines.

Last November 14, 2022, the International Esports Federation (IESF) released the playoffs bracket for 14th IESF World Esports Championship for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang where the top 8 teams from around the world will compete in Bali, Indonesia from December 3-11, 2022 including the Philippines. The eight nations competing for the lion’s share of the 100,000 USD prize pool are Cambodia, Namibia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Slovenia, Argentina, Philippines, and Indonesia (host country).

The Philippines is considered as one of the top contenders for the IESF WEC Bali 2022 together with strong MLBB nations like Indonesia and Malaysia. The Sibol ML:BB lineup for the tournament is composed of the five main members of Blacklist International, who are the defending M3 World Champions plus two members from Maharlika Esports. 

Here’s the final lineup for the Team Sibol MLBB for IESF WEC Bali 2022:

  1. Jonmar Villaluna
  2. Salic Alauya Imam
  3. Danerie James Del Rosario
  4. Edward Jay Dapadap
  5. Joshua Kyle Villarde
  6. Kiel Calvin Soriano
  7. Kenneth Carl Tadeo

The playoffs are played in a double elimination format where all teams start at the upper bracket. All matches are a best-of-3 match except for the grand finals which will be played in best-of-5 format. For the first round, Cambodia will be against Namibia, Malaysia is pitted against Vietnam, while Europe champions Slovenia will be up against PANAM Open champions, Argentina, and finally, host country Indonesia will be against the Philippines. The match between Indonesia and Philippines is very anticipated and hyped up because they are considered the two of the best Mobile Legends: Bang Bang countries in the world.

Em Dangla

Em "Kaisaya" Dangla is an esports shoutcaster on different mobile MOBA game titles. She also has experience in various aspects of the industry, from professionally competing in tournaments, managing esports players and teams, and organizing online tournaments. The former game developer also advocates for women in esports and safe spaces.