With the M4 World Championship fast approaching, more and more professional Mobile Legends: Bang Bang teams have bolstered their lineup this season to secure one of the 16 slots.

These past few months saw the rise of multiple MPL and non-MPL teams importing players and coaches from the Philippines. From former ONIC PH Kairi “Kairi” Rayosdelsol joining Indonesia’s ONIC Esports to Malaysia’s Team SMG recruiting Jaylord “Hatred” Gonzales, the list goes on and on.

However, another region and team might be joining the trend — Myanmar’s Falcon Esports.

The organization recently hinted on Facebook that a new member could join the team soon. While details are still scarce, there are clues that point toward the new addition being former MPL PH head coach Dale “Coach Dale” Vitug.

Why Coach Dale could be Falcon Esports’ newest recruit

Falcon Esports jersey teaser
Credit: Falcon Esports

Numerous fans in the comments section said that the hand in the photo is that of the retired MPL PH coach. Filipino caster Dan “Leo” Cabungay even commented that he knows whose arm is in the picture.

Coach Dale himself shared the photo on his Facebook page with two shushing face emojis. Furthermore, his post yesterday revealed that he had queued up with Falcon’s jungler Kenneth “Kenn” Hein and EXP laner Hein “yellowflash” Min Khant in rank.

Dale "Coach Dale" Vitug match history with some members of Myanmar's Falcon Esports
Credit: Dale Vitug

The player-turned-coach is one of the most decorated tacticians in the league. He started his career in Season 2 as a player for Finesse Solid before becoming Sterling Global Dragons’ head coach in Season 4.

He then joined Aura PH in Season 7 before the organization rebranded to ECHO the next season. After they were eliminated by Smart Omega in the first round of the playoffs, Coach Dale announced his retirement from the league soon after.

He was also the head coach when SIBOL’s MLBB representatives took home the gold medal at the 30th Southeast Asian Games in 2019.

If confirmed, he will be tasked with coaching players like yellowflash, Kenn, Pyae Sone “justiN” Khant, Yair “Ability” Naung, Silent, Zippx, Swan Htet “RubyDD” Aung, and Min “Naomi” Ko Ko.

Falcon Esports finished fourth at the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Southeast Asia Cup 2022 (MSC 2022). They were also the only non-MPL team to reach the playoffs after taking the top spot in Group A and eliminating powerhouse ONIC Esports in the group stage.

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