Updated on January 15, 9:08 p.m. (GMT+8): Updated the scores for the last day of the knockout stage

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 International1 — 0Incendio Supremacy
Malvinas Gaming1 — 0MDH Esports
Incendio Supremacy1 — 0Falcon Esports
Todak1 — 0Malvinas Gaming
Falcon Esports1 — 0Burn x Flash
ONIC Esports0 — 1Todak

Day 2 (January 2)

RSG SG1 — 0Occupy Thrones
The Valley1 — 0S11 Argentina
RRQ Hoshi1 — 0Occupy Thrones
RRQ Akira1 — 0The Valley
ECHO1 — 0RRQ Hoshi
Team HAQ0 — 1RRQ Akira

Day 3 (January 3)

Malvinas Gaming0 — 1ONIC Esports
Incendio Supremacy1 — 0Burn x Flash
MDH Esports0 — 1ONIC Esports
Burn x Flash0 — 1Blacklist International
Todak1 — 0MDH Esports
Falcon Esports1 — 0Blacklist International

Tiebreaker series

Incendio Supremacy0 — 1Falcon Esports
Blacklist International0 — 1Falcon Esports
Blacklist International1 — 0Incendio Supremacy

Day 4 (January 4)

RRQ Akira0 — 1S11 Argentina
Occupy Thrones0 — 1ECHO
S11 Argentina0 — 1Team HAQ
The Valley0 — 1Team HAQ
RRQ Hoshi1 — 0RSG SG
M4 World Championship Knockout stage bracket and schedule

Knockout stage

Upper bracket quarterfinal (January 7)

Falcon Esports0 — 3ONIC Esports
ECHO3 — 2Team HAQ

Upper bracket quarterfinal (January 8)

Todak0 — 3RRQ Hoshi
RRQ Akira1 — 3Blacklist International

Lower bracket first round (January 9)

RSG SG0 — 2S11 Argentina
Incendio Supremacy2 — 0MDH Esports
The Valley2 — 0Burn x Flash
Malvinas Gaming0 — 2Occupy Thrones

RSG SG, MDH Esports, Burn x Flash, and Malvinas Gaming have been eliminated.

Lower bracket second round (January 10)

Falcon Esports2 — 0S11 Argentina
Team HAQ1 — 2Incendio Supremacy
Todak0 — 2The Valley
RRQ Akira2 — 0Occupy Thrones

S11 Argentina, Team HAQ, Todak, and Occupy Thrones have been eliminated.

Lower bracket third round (January 11)

Falcon Esports3 — 2Incendio Supremacy

Incendio Supremacy has been eliminated.

Upper bracket semifinal (January 11)

RRQ Hoshi2 — 3Blacklist International

Lower bracket third round (January 12)

The Valley3 — 1RRQ Akira

RRQ Akira has been eliminated.

Upper bracket semifinal (January 12)

ONIC Esports1 — 3ECHO

Lower bracket quarterfinal (January 13)

Falcon Esports2 — 3RRQ Hoshi
The Valley1 — 3ONIC Esports

Falcon Esports and The Valley have been eliminated.

Upper bracket final (January 13)

Blacklist International3 — 2ECHO

Lower bracket semifinal (January 14)

RRQ Hoshi3 — 0ONIC Esports

ONIC Esports has been eliminated.

Lower bracket final (January 14)

ECHO3 — 1RRQ Hoshi

RRQ Hoshi has been eliminated.

Grand final (January 15)

Blacklist International0 — 4ECHO

ECHO wins the M4 World Championship!

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 Bali United Studio in West Jakarta for the group stage, and at Istora Senayan in Tennis Indoor Senayan for the playoffs. Tickets are available through Blibli.

The group stage will be held at Bali United Studio, West Jakarta, while the knockout stage and the grand final will be held at Tennis Indoor Senayan in Jakarta.

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