Chinese organization Nova Esports will be making their professional debut in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang at the ONE Esports Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Invitational 2023 (MPLI 2023).

Although they haven’t yet competed against MPL teams in tournaments, the players extensively watch pro games to analyze the strategies and gameplay of top teams in the region.

In an exclusive interview with ONE Esports, the team was asked about the players they look up to as they enter the tournament.

While responses varied among players, many agreed that a particular MPL PH player stands out from the rest.

Nova Esports players look up to ECHO midlaner Sanji — here’s why

ECHO Sanji M4
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Both EXP laner ZiHao “Sadboy” Chen and midlaner ZiRi “Ziri” Chen expressed their admiration for Alston “Sanji” Pabico, ECHO’s midlaner.

“He won the world championship at a very young age,” Sadboy said. “That is very impressive.”

Ziri echoed the sentiment. “He is really good,” he added.

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There’s a good reason why Sanji is looked up by not just these players, but also many fans who are familiar with the MLBB’s esports scene.

At just 18 years old, the midlaner has already proven himself as one of the best. He played a crucial part in ECHO’s M4 World Championship and MPL PH Season 11 victories.

Other players had varying answers.

ONIC Esports player Calvin "CW" Winata answering questions during a post-game press conference at the M4 World Championship
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JunLi “Guoguo” Zeng stated he admires fellow gold laner Calvin “CW” Winata from ONIC Esports, while YuanBo “Vikor” Xu mentioned that he’s a big fan of Ralph “Flick” Hamoy from Cambodia’s Team Max.

Catch Nova Esports in action as they go head-to-head with MPL PH Season 12 champions, AP Bren, NACT Fall 2023 champions, TheOhioBrothers, and MPL ID team Dewa United Esports in Group A of the MPLI 2023 group stage from November 15 to 16.

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