We’ve seen a lot of upsets and surprises at the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M3 World Championship group stage and playoffs.

But perhaps the biggest upset that happened was seeing MPL PH back-to-back champion Blacklist International drop to the lower bracket after losing to North America’s BTK.

It was a difficult pill to swallow for the squad. However, according to Johnmar “OhMyV33nus” Villaluna, losing against them made them a realize what their goal truly is in the tournament.

What OhMyV33nus and the rest of Blacklist International learned from their match against BTK

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M3 World Championship, Blacklist International
Credit: Blacklist International

In an interview, the squad’s team captain revealed that losing to BTK in the upper bracket playoffs turned out to be a good thing.

“The loss against BTK was an eye-opener. We were always winning before, from MPL PH Season 7, Season, 8, ONE Esports’ MPLI 2021, and MSC, and it came to a point where we almost forgot why we were playing in the first place,” he said.

“After we lost, we held an open forum with the team to discuss why we lost. Then, we regrouped much like what we did since Blacklist International was formed,” OhMyV33nus added.

Winning against ONIC Esports and the possibility of facing BTK again in the playoffs

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M3 World Championship North American representative, BTK
Credit: Moonton

The team was was able to survive another day in the lower bracket after eliminating ONIC Esports in a 2-1 thriller.

“Ever since we lost against BTK, we tripled, even quadrupled our efforts and preparations that’s why we’re excited to play again,” he stated.

According to OhMyV33nus, he is eager to face the team who sent them to the lower bracket playoffs.

“Ever since we came to Blacklist International, we haven’t been defeated by the same team twice. So, I’m looking forward to facing BTK again,” said OhMyV33nus.

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Philippines Season 8 (MPL PH Season 8) champions Blacklist International
Credit: Blacklist International

Blacklist International could face BTK the earliest in the lower bracket quarterfinal if BTK loses in the upper bracket semifinal against EVOS SG on December 16.

They will next face Indonesian powerhouse RRQ Hoshi in the fourth round of the lower bracket on December 17, 2 p.m. GMT+8

Watch it live on Mobile Legends: Bang Bang’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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