The first-ever Mobile Legends: Bang Bang World Championship — going by the simpler title, M1 2019 — completed its group draw yesterday.
The tournament’s field of competition comprises a combination of eight MLBB: Professional League (MPL) invited teams and eight teams that made the cut through regional qualifier events. To select the tournament groupings, the MPL-invited teams were split into two pools, while all eight regional teams were placed in one pool.
During the draw, two MPL-invited teams were drafted — one from each of the MPL pools — while two regional qualifiers were added to complete groupings of four teams each. The group draft rules ensured that no teams coming from the same region are drafted into the same group.
The results of the draw are as follows:
- Evos* (Singapore)
- RRQ* (Indonesia)
- Impunity (Cambodia)
- VEC Fantasy Main (Vietnam)
- Burmese Ghouls* (Myanmar)
- Axis Esports* (Malaysia)
- Candy Comeback (Laos)
- Team Gosu (US)
- Sunsparks* (Philippines)
- Todak* (Malaysia)
- Geo Esports (Brazil)
- Evil Esports (Turkey)
- Evos Legends* (Indonesia)
- Onic Esports* (Philippines)
- Deus Vult (Russia)
- 10 Second Gaming Plus (Japan)
* MPL-invited team
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The Group Stage matches will narrow down the competition, with only the top two teams from each group advancing to the Main Event playoff matches. First-placers of each group will be assigned as the Main Event’s Upper Bracket teams, while the second-placers will battle in the Lower Bracket.
M1 2019 kicks off on November 11-14, featuring the Group Stage matches. The Main Event playoffs follow immediately on November 15-17. Fans in Kuala Lumpur can catch the action live at the Axiata Arena. Tickets are available here.
The tournament has a prize pool of US$250,000, with the competition’s grand champions set to take home US$80,000.
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