Updated on December 2, 2:30 p.m. (GMT+8): Added the group draw results and group stage schedule.

There are two things to look forward to on January 1 if you’re a Mobile Legends: Bang Bang esports fan — the new year celebrations and the M4 World Championship.

The fourth iteration of the tournament brings exciting new developments. For the first time, the tournament will take place in Indonesia with a live audience. Vietnam and Myanmar will also be returning this year, following their absence at the M3 World Championship.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming tournament, including its schedule, format, participating teams, and where to watch the matches live.

What is the M4 World Championship?

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M3 World Championship winner, Blacklist International
Screenshot by Jules Elona/ONE Esports

The M4 World Championship is the fourth iteration of the biggest and most prestigious Mobile Legends: Bang Bang tournament in the world.

In this tournament, 16 qualified teams from different regions will cross swords for the lion’s share of the US$800,000 prize pool and the right to be called the best MLBB team in the world.

Last year, the Philippines’ Blacklist International were the ones to walk away with the M3 World Championship crown, and they will be looking to defend their title.

M4 World Championship format

M4 World Championship group stage format
Credit: Moonton

The tournament is split into two parts – the group stage and the knockout stage.

In the group stage, the 16 qualified teams are split into four groups and will play in a best-of-one, single round-robin format. The top two of each group will proceed to the upper bracket while the bottom two will be placed in the lower bracket.

The knockout stage will have a double-elimination format. All series in the knockout stage are played in a best-of-five format, except for the first two rounds of the lower bracket and the grand final, which will be a best-of-three and best-of-seven series, respectively.

The matchups for the group stage were determined through a group draw livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube. Here is the result of the group draw.

Blacklist InternationalONIC EsportsRSG SGTeam HAQ
Incendio SupremacyTodakOccupy ThronesRRQ Akira
Falcon EsportsMalvinas GamingRRQ HoshiThe Valley
Burn x FlashMDH EsportsECHOS11 Argentina

M4 World Championship schedule

M4 World Championship group draw results
Credit: Moonton

Group stage

Day 1 (January 1)

Blacklist International3 p.m. GMT+8Incendio Supremacy
Malvinas Gaming4 p.m. GMT+8MDH Esports
Incendio Supremacy5 p.m. GMT+8Falcon Esports
Todak6 p.m. GMT+8Malvinas Gaming
Falcon Esports7 p.m. GMT+8Burn x Flash
ONIC Esports8 p.m. GMT+8Todak

Day 2 (January 2)

RSG SG3 p.m. GMT+8Occupy Thrones
The Valley4 p.m. GMT+8S11 Argentina
RRQ Hoshi5 p.m. GMT+8Occupy Thrones
RRQ Akira6 p.m. GMT+8The Valley
ECHO7 p.m. GMT+8RRQ Hoshi
Team HAQ8 p.m. GMT+8RRQ Akira

Day 3 (January 3)

Malvinas Gaming3 p.m. GMT+8ONIC Esports
Incendio Supremacy4 p.m. GMT+8Burn x Flash
MDH Esports5 p.m. GMT+8ONIC Esports
Burn x Flash6 p.m. GMT+8Blacklist International
Todak7 p.m. GMT+8MDH Esports
Falcon Esports8 p.m. GMT+8Blacklist International

Day 4 (January 4)

RRQ Akira3 p.m. GMT+8S11 Argentina
Occupy Thrones4 p.m. GMT+8ECHO
S11 Argentina5 p.m. GMT+8Team HAQ
The Valley7 p.m. GMT+8Team HAQ
RRQ Hoshi8 p.m. GMT+8RSG SG

(to be updated)

M4 World Championship participating teams

Here are all the participating teams in the tournament.

Blacklist InternationalMPL PH Season 10 champion
ECHOMPL PH Season 10 runner-up
ONIC EsportsMPL ID Season 10 champion
RRQ HoshiMPL ID Season 10 runner-up
Team HAQMPL MY Season 10 champion
TodakMPL MY Season 10 runner-up
S11 ArgentinaLATAM Super League Season 1 champion
Malvinas GamingLATAM Super League Season 1 runner-up
RSG SGMPL SG Season 4 champion
Burn x Team FlashMPL KH Autumn Split 2022 champion
Falcon EsportsMyanmar Qualifier champion
Incendio SupremacyTurkiye Sampiyonasi champion
Thrones EsportMPL MENA Fall Split 2022 champion
The ValleyNACT Fall Season – Path to M4 champion
RRQ AkiraMPL BR Season 3 champion
MDH EsportsMekong Qualifier

Where to watch the M4 World Championship?

M4 World Championship venue in Jakarta, Indonesia
Credit: Moonton

Mobile Legends esports fans can watch the matches live on MLBB’s official Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok channels.

Indonesian fans can watch the games live at XO Hall in West Jakarta for the group stage, and at Istora Senayan in Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex for the playoffs. Tickets are available through Blibli.

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