TheOhioBrothers stand alone — but they are on the path for redemption.

As the sole representative from North America in the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League Invitational 2023 (MPLI 2023), this marks the first time North America has secured a spot in MPLI.

TheOhioBrothers are determined to make a lasting impression on the international stage. Mid laner Seong-hun “Hoon” Jang expresses his gratitude for the opportunity to compete in MPLI, stating that the team feels honored to represent North America.

The best way to show their appreciation is to perform exceptionally well and meet the high expectations set by fans and the esports community, Hoon said.

TheOhioBrothers seek to redeem themselves at MPLI 2023

TheOhioBrothers members receiving their medals and trophy during the NACT Fall 2023
Screenshot by Jules Elona/ONE Esports

TheOhioBrothers’ journey to redemption began after their unsatisfactory performance at the Mobile Legends Southeast Asia Cup 2023 (MSC 2023). Hoon openly admitted that the team was not pleased with their showing and is determined to make amends at MPLI.

Reflecting on MSC 2023, Hoon acknowledged that the team had little time to adjust to the meta, contributing to their subpar performance. However, lessons learned from MSC 2023 have led them to arrive in Jakarta well in advance, affording them crucial time to adapt to the international meta and refine their strategies for the tournament.

Adapting to a different meta poses a unique challenge for TheOhioBrothers, since North American gameplay differs from the Southeast Asian meta. Hoon, aware of the disparity, said that the team is putting in the effort to bridge the gap, ensuring they bring their A-game to MPLI.

TheOhioBrothers players Jang "Hoon" Seong-hun, Carlos "bestplayer1" Vega, and Oscar "SHARK" Vo
Credit: Gaby Kosinski Photography

“Both meta are similar in terms of draft, but the playstyle is very different when it comes to Asian meta,” said Hoon. “The way they punish any mistake is way too precise. Basically, we are not allowed to do things that we normally do at home because they have their own creative way of countering it.”

To enhance their preparation, TheOhioBrothers arrived in Jakarta early to undergo rigorous training sessions. Manager and sixth man Jarred “Wrath” Gillespie sees the team’s adjustment period as an advantage. He believes that other teams need to adapt to their distinctive playstyle, giving them an edge in the competition.

Wrath views every participating team as a threat, recognizing the high level of competition at MPLI. The team’s motivation is fueled by the desire for redemption from previous international tournament performances. The manager is confident that their team can perform significantly better, and is eager to prove that they are a driven and formidable force in the MLBB esports scene.

When asked which teams they are looking forward to facing in the tournament, Hoon expressed his excitement at the prospect of facing Sanji, his favorite player, on the MPLI stage. This matchup adds an extra layer of motivation for his team, as they aim to showcase their skills against the M4 World champions.

The full roster of TheOhioBrothers at MPLI 2023
Credit: ONE Esports

In terms of their chances of winning the tournament, Hoon exudes confidence, stating that they have a 76 percent chance of victory — a figure based on his impressive win rate in ranked games. Regardless of the statistical odds, TheOhioBrothers promise fans a series of entertaining matches, vowing to give their all in every game they play.

TheOhioBrothers’ roster for MPLI 2023

Seong-hun “Hoon” JangMid Laner
Trung “SUPERSHARK” VoRoamer
Chris “Mielow” EnobioEXP Laner
Carlos “bestplayer1” OrtegaJungler
Ziameth-Jei “ZIA” CaluyaGold Laner
Jarred “Wrath” GillespieGold Laner

As TheOhioBrothers embark on their redemption journey at MPLI 2023, they carry the hopes and expectations of North American Mobile Legends fans. With a combination of determination, strategic preparation, and a hunger for redemption, they are poised to leave an indelible mark on the international esports stage. Fans can expect nothing less than thrilling gameplay and a relentless pursuit of excellence from this North American powerhouse.

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